This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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An update on Mo Walker

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under Gophers players Updated: October 21, 2011 - 10:03 AM

 

Last December, Mo Walker tore the posterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee, ending his season and apparently forecasting the bad luck that would follow for the Gophers.

 
But while the Gophers’ other season losses – now-graduated Al Nolen’s broken foot and guard Devoe Joseph’s departure to Oregon – were permanent hardships, Walker will most likely be back this year for Minnesota.
 
“I’ve been pushing it pretty hard, so we’re pretty much on schedule,” he said. “They haven’t given me an exact date or a specific time to be back. It’s really day-to-day, how I’m feeling. I feel like I’m going to be ready to go back soon.”
 
 
Some highlights on his recovery:
 
  • Walker – who played in all 12 games leading up to the Dec. 23 injury against South Dakota, and contributed solid production off the bench – said he would need to “ease” back into that role. He averaged 3.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg on 19-37 shooting last season before his injury.
  • After Walker got hurt, he started placing a greater emphasis on “eating right” and building more strength around his leg. The sophomore comes into the 2011 season more than 20 pounds lighter than he was before his injury (295 vs. 320).
  • At last week's Media Day, Tubby said Walker was probably not going to be ready for full contact for 1-2 weeks, so he should be close to really testing things out. Walker said last week he could run full speed but his knee still bothers him a bit when he does.
 
 
After watching a shrunken squad from the bench last year, Walker is ready to get involved again. 
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