The Arizona Wildcats will likely be without Ira Lee again Thursday when they host the Stanford Cardinal.
Arizona interim coach Lorenzo Romar, who continues to lead the team in Sean Miller’s absence, told Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star on Tuesday that Lee has not returned to practice since he suffered a concussion last week.
That means Lee likely has not fully cleared concussion protocol yet, and it’s hard to imagine that will happen before Thursday’s game. Especially because Arizona likes to have a previously-concussed player practice at least once or twice before returning to action.
Lee suffered the concussion last week in practice and did not travel with the team to Oregon, missing both games of the road trip.
The freshman forward has been the primary backup for Deandre Ayton and Dusan Ristic this season. Lee is averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.6 minutes this year.
Emmanuel Akot received more playing time last week as a result of Lee’s injury, and he played fairly well, especially on defense.
Keanu Pinder got more minutes, too.
Of course, Arizona is also without Allonzo Trier, who remains suspended indefinitely after testing positive for a banned substance. The UA has appealed his suspension, but who knows how long it will take before that amounts to anything.
Pascoe reported that Trier has practiced the last two days, though that is not indicative that he will play this weekend.
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