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Cherry returns to the court for Montana

By Vince Bagby, Sports Director, vbagby@keci.com
Published On: Dec 04 2012 07:25:02 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 06 2012 11:25:58 PM MST
Will Cherry Grizzlies basketball
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The return of Will Cherry to practice this week is huge basketball news for the entire Big Sky conference and a very good sight for Grizzly fans.

The senior point guard was out the past couple months with a fractured bone in his foot, but this week he's finally out of the boot and back on the court.

"Oh man it's feeling terrific," said Cherry of his foot.  "I can do a lot of things that I couldn't do when I was in a boot.  Driving is probably the one thing. It feels good to just walk around in my regular shoes even though I have a size bigger you know with the brace in it but it feels a lot better to walk around."

Cherry not only led Montana in scoring last year en route to the Big Sky championship but he was also named defensive MVP of the conference.

"I'm excited for him.  He's my roommate you know so I've gotten to see day by day see him progress and he's doing really well," said sophomore guard Jordan Gregory who has seen increased playtime during Cherry's absence. 

The exact game that will grace Cherry's return to competitive action is not yet known but head coach Wayne Tinkle says it could be as early as this weekend against Carroll.  Either way Cherry is definitely planning to be ready by the time conference games roll around in two weeks.

"It's just exciting to see our senior leader and a guy that means so much to us," said Tinkle.  "Yesterday we told him okay, now let's really start to get in the mental mode, get in some of the huddles you know so he's mentally sharp when his body tells him he's ready to go."