Georgia guard Juwan Parker’s recovery from an Achilles injury, which forced him to sit out the 2015-16 season, has continued in a positive direction.
Head coach Mark Fox said Parker began participating, as expected, in summer workouts with the basketball program earlier in June. Parker has been full-go for the most part, with Fox saying he has been pleased with how he has looked thus far.
“Juwan’s doing very well,” Fox said. “He’s back full-go in the workouts. He looks much better this summer than he did at the end of last winter. He’s right on track.”
Parker sustained a partial tear to his Achilles during the 2014-15 season and was thought to be healed enough for Georgia’s 2015-16 season opener against Chattanooga. A week before the season started, however, Parker played in an exhibition against Armstrong State, with the injury causing enough pain to give his return a second thought.
He was never able to get over the pain threshold, which forced Georgia to change its course of action with Parker. He ended up sitting out the season and was granted a redshirt. He’ll be considered a junior with two years of eligibility remaining. In the 2014-15 season, Parker averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Having Parker available this season, along with senior guard J.J. Frazier and freshman guards Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris, could allow the Bulldogs to play small ball and push the tempo more than they were able to a year ago. Parker was poised to start before the Achilles injury sidelined him for the year.
Assuming all goes well for Parker, he’ll once again have a shot at a starting lineup spot. While he’s progressing, Fox did say there are still some things to monitor during the summer.
“We still have some limitations on the amount of volume that we let him go every day,” Fox said. “A little bit of limitation just on time, how long we’ll let him work out. But he’s probably twice in length of workouts than he was last spring. He seems to be right on track and doing very well.”