For the first time in almost a month, UNLV coach Dave Rice had a full roster to work with at practice on Thursday.
Sophomore shooting guard Bryce Dejean-Jones practiced for the first time since breaking his left hand in early October, and junior center Carlos Lopez-Sosa was back after missing the previous practice with an injured shoulder.
With a closed scrimmage against UCLA on Saturday and an exhibition game against Dixie State looming on Wednesday, it’s a good time for the Rebels to start rounding into form.
“It’s good news for us,” said Rice. “Carlos is still a little bit limited with the shoulder, and Bryce is still easing back in there, but it’s very positive news on the medical side.”
Dejean-Jones still isn’t at 100 percent, and he wasn’t put through anything too strenuous during Thursday’s 75-minute practice. He’s not going to play in Saturday’s scrimmage, but both Rice and Dejean-Jones expect him to resume full participation at Monday’s practice.
Even though he’s not all the way back, after four weeks of nothing but conditioning work and practicing his jumper Dejean-Jones was glad to get back on the court with his teammates.
“It feels good to finally get the cast off after four weeks,” said Dejean-Jones. “It’ll probably take me a couple days to get the full range of motion back, but I’m happy to be back out there with the guys.”
Dejean-Jones said he expects to be ready for the season opener on November 12, when UNLV hosts Northern Arizona.
“I’ll be good by the time the games start,” he said.
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