Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Update on A.J. Ogilvy

by Barca Blog

Head coach Kevin Stallings said Tuesday that junior center A.J. Ogilvy is still battling plantar fasciitis, the same injury to his right heel that bothered him last season.

Ogilvy was limited to a reserve role in the Commodores' 76-69 loss to Western Kentucky last Friday, making it just the fourth time in his career (72 games) that he did not start.

"I know that his foot has been bothering him," Stallings told the 104.5 Wake Up Zone. "In the two days before the Western Kentucky game, he practiced maybe 15 minutes and it looked like that in the game. We've shut him down and are going to try and bring him back on Thursday.

"It's just kind of an ongoing thing. Obviously when he's healthy and his mind's right like Arizona, Missouri and DePaul in the 2nd half, A.J.'s a very good player. It's become difficult, though, because we don't know whether he's going to be there or not, and that part has kept our team a little bit out of balance because we don't know if he's going to be healthy enough to play. That's a little debilitating because everyone's waiting around to see if he's okay.

"One of my staff members said the other day that we just need to get Festus (Ezeli) ready to help us win big games. So that's what we have to try to do in the event that A.J. isn't available."

The Commodores have two other health problems at the moment. According to Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean, Andre Walker has been out with flu-like symptoms and Lance Goulbourne is sidelined with a concussion.

Vanderbilt will next play Tennessee State on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT inside Memorial Gym.

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