Fresno State guard Tyler Johnson, who has been out with a right ankle injury, was been able to get through practice and appears set to play on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Wyoming in a Mountain West game at the Save Mart Center.
The 6-foot-2 junior, who was injured five minutes into a loss to San Diego State last week and did not play three days later at New Mexico, made it back with a lot of treatment, sometimes in odd places including the airport waiting for a connecting flight to Albuquerque.
”I was icing every chance I got, just a lot of treatment, stretching and range of motion things, ” Johnson said. ”When we went to New Mexico, I mean, an airplane definitely doesn’t help it being in that cramped space. I was icing when we landed in the airport when we were waiting for our next flight. Our trainer would go someplace with a bag and just as if they could fill it up with ice. It was probably one of the first times they heard something like that – a bag of ice to ice somebody’s ankle.”
Johnson is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer and the only one averaging more than 10 points per game – he is at 10.1 – and his return should bolster a struggling offense and put a play-maker on the floor at the end of games, something that they obviously missed against the Aztecs and will need against Wyoming. The Cowboys have allowed opponents to hit only 39.1 percent of their shots and are leading the conference in scoring defense, with 54.7 points per game.
”He brings a lot of leadership to the floor for us,” Coach Rodney Terry said. ”He’s a guy that has a tremendous amount of experience out on the floor for us as well as obviously our leading scorer. We need him back int he flow of things.”