The 10 days of practice allowed prior to the UH basketball Asia tour was seen as a boon for the program, both in preparation for this trip starting Friday and the regular season beyond it.
The downside to fully active sessions this time of year is the inherent injury risk, which was felt again today in the team's afternoon session in Gym 2.
Senior guard Zane Johnson became the latest victim of a spate of ankle injuries after landing on the foot of teammate Tyler Brown during halfcourt drills. He went down in a heap and was out for the rest of practice, then left afterward on crutches with his right ankle considerably swollen.
Johnson could be out for the last three days of practice before the team departs for China. When you have only 10 players going on the trip to begin with, that's a problem.
Sophomore forward Trevor Wiseman is recovering from a high ankle sprain that could put him out of all exhibitions during the entire Asia trip. Sophomore center Davis Rozitis had a mild ankle sprain last week but was back in action on Monday and has looked reasonably fluid.
Look for a full preview of the trip in the coming days.