Each visit to the doctor has revealed nothing but positive reports for Williams, who broke bones and stretched ligaments and tendons when he used the hand out to brace his fall following a dunk. The Cowboys guard is still mostly limited to strengthening exercises and conditioning work, although he could join on-floor workouts by next week.
Projections peg Williams' return to game action as early as Jan. 26 against West Virginia and as late as Feb. 2 at Kansas.
“At this point, it's when he feels he's ready to go,” Ford said recently. “It's healed greatly.
“My timetable is the beginning of February. Anything sooner would be wonderful.”
Williams will likely wear some sort of protective brace on the wrist, which is his non-shooting hand. Ford said OSU trainers have reached out to teams who have had players with wrist injuries, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had Kendrick Perkins undergo offseason wrist surgery.
ROAD APPROACH NEEDED
OSU's road woes continue to be a key story line for a team seeking to contend in the Big 12.
The Cowboys are 1-20 in their last 21 league road games.
“I think it's just a big mental approach,” said sophomore forward Michael Cobbins. “You're basically on the court with yourself. We're all we've got, coming into a different atmosphere where everybody's against you. You've got to stick together and everybody be on the same page and work it out.”
SMART NAMED MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Marcus Smart's play and impact on the Cowboys continues to gain attention across the country.
Now there's this: Smart has been named a midseason All-American by The Sporting News, an honor that rolled in Wednesday.
Joining Smart on the five-man team: Michigan sophomore Trey Burke, Creighton junior Doug McDermott, Duke senior Mason Plumlee and Kansas freshman Ben McLemore — the Cowboy guard's main competition for major honors in the Big 12.
Saturday: Texas Tech, 1 p.m.
Monday: at Baylor, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: West Virginia, noon
BY JOHN HELSLEY