Fresno State guard Kevin Olekaibe nearing a return

Fresno State guard Kevin Olekaibe, who has been limited through the first two-plus weeks of practice because of an elbow injury, has one more hurdle to clear and if he does Coach Rodney Terry said he will be back in practice next week. ‘’Full tilt,’’ Terry said.

The Bulldogs’ guard will not play on Friday in an exhibition against Fresno Pacific at the Save Mart Center, but the season-opener on Nov. 9 at Texas has not been ruled out.

‘’For a guy like him, for an older player, he’s already in good shape. He’s maybe not in tip-top shape, but he’s in good enough shape to go out there and compete,’’ Terry said.

‘’The question for him, he’s got to come up to speed with a lot of the things that we’ve been doing – some are similar, some are newer wrinkles here and there than what we did a year ago. But he’s the kind of kid that will get it. He’ll pick it up quick.

”But we’ve never been concerned about his conditioning, about him coming out and being ready in a short amount of time.’’