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Cougars, Daniel Get Good News on Knee Injury

Men's basketball star diagnosed with a mild sprain of left MCL.

November 20, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Carlos Daniel and the Washington State men's basketball team received a bit of good news Thursday afternoon when the Cougars returned from Provo, Utah, where they beat Brigham Young Wednesday night 78-49.

An examination of Daniel's left knee by Dr. Richard Donati showed that Daniel (Louisville, Colo.) had a grade one sprain of the medial collateral ligament, a mild sprain. He sustained the injury at the 8:58 mark of the second half when he fell to the floor after grabbing a defensive rebound.

"The injury to Carlos can be compared to stretching a rope and tearing a few fibers," said Heidi Hopkins, WSU's athletic trainer for men's basketball. "We'll go day-to-day with Carlos until we can get him off the crutches, running straight and then running laterally. If he has any pain when walking, Dr. Donati wants him on the crutches."

Daniel is listed as doubtful for Washington State's next competition, the San Juan Shootout Nov. 28-30, where the second seeded Cougars open with South Florida.

Daniel severed the MCL of his left knee after his freshman season at Washington State (1994-95). He had arthroscopic surgery and was treated for the injury in the offseason.

Media Note - With the Thanksgiving holiday next week and no classes in session, the Washington State men's basketball team is scheduled to depart for Puerto Rico early Tuesday, Nov. 25. The team will stay in Seattle Monday evening, Nov. 24.

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