Gonzaga received some upbeat news regarding sophomore forward Elias Harris, who left Tuesday’s game against San Diego State with an Achilles tendon injury.
An MRI on Wednesday revealed that Harris’ Achilles isn’t torn, a source close to the basketball program told The Spokesman-Review. Harris is expected to miss “at least 4-5 days.
“It isn’t perfect, but it’s not torn,” the source said. “It’s swollen and it’s going to need some time to heal.”
Harris’ status for Gonzaga’s game against third-ranked Kansas State on Monday in Kansas City, Mo., probably won’t be determined until this weekend.
The 6-foot-7 forward said Tuesday night he “heard something pop” when he tried to jump in pursuit of a rebound. He limped off the court with just under 3 minutes remaining in the Zags’ 79-76 loss to the Aztecs.
There was concern that Harris might have torn his Achilles, which would have been a season-ending injury. Harris missed Gonzaga’s exhibition game against Southern Oregon with a slightly separated left shoulder. He returned to action in the season opener against Southern, scoring 12 points in a 117-72 win. He had six points in a rout of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Sunday.
Harris averaged 14.9 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds last year while earning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors. He was also selected first-team All-WCC.
Harris, a native of Speyer, Germany, is on the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list and on Tuesday was named to the Naismith preseason 50-player watch list.