STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's Brian Williams recalls the events surrounding his so-called season-ending injury with great detail.
“Another day at the office,” Williams said of that October basketball practice. “Marcus Smart gets a steal — nothing new — I was up top, then I leaped out; Marcus dove out of bounds and threw me a beautiful pass. It was just me and the goal.
“I went up with two hands to dunk, I think I took off from too far, and my momentum swung me off the rim and my natural reaction was to put my wrist down.”
Just like that, Williams' day at the office went awry, with the impact leaving him with three broken bones and damaged ligaments and tendons, signaling the end of his season.
Or so it seemed.
Seems now, however, that Williams falls into the category of fast healer. And that's good for him and the Cowboys.
Way ahead of schedule in his recovery, Williams can actually envision a return to the team, perhaps as soon as the next few weeks.
“It's a matter of how fast I can get it strong,” he said. “I'm just waiting my time. We've got a lot of young guys out there doing what we expected them to do. They're doing a real good job.”
Still, Williams wants in on the fun that has produced a 9-1 record, a No. 24 national ranking. He'll remain as the team's biggest cheerleader for now, with OSU back in action Saturday against Tennessee Tech (FSN, noon). He won't be back in time for the New Year's Eve clash with No. 14 Gonzaga or the opening of Big 12 Conference play.
But he's confident his time is coming, with reinforcement from his doctor, who moved Williams from a cast to a brace on Thursday, the next step in his return.
“Everything's even better than we expected, even this morning,” Cowboys coach Travis Ford said Thursday afternoon. “He's in a brace, one he can take on and off.
“I asked Brian, ‘What does it look like?' He said he basically doesn't have a forearm. Which is to be expected. But I was hoping.”