Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said at his weekly news conference Monday that the team doesn’t have a precise timetable for senior forward Gavin Schilling’s return. Schilling suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee during practice in mid-October and had surgery.
Izzo said he hasn’t been told it will be three months, but he also hasn’t been told it will be four-to-six weeks, either. He’s hoping to have Schilling back by the start of Big Ten play in January, but that’s far from a sure thing.
“I don’t expect him back before Big Ten, if that,” Izzo said.
Schilling averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season but was expected to take on a bigger role in the frontcourt with Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello and Deyonta Davis gone.
Izzo also said Monday that freshman Josh Langford’s hamstring responded well during Friday night’s game against Arizona. The No. 20 overall recruit in the Class of 2016 scored five points in 12 minutes in a 65-63 loss. He missed both of the Spartans’ exhibitions with a minor hamstring pull.
Izzo said forward Kenny Goins is fine after slipping and banging up his surgically repaired knee. Goins returned after being helped off court.
“Banging it is much better than twisting it,” Izzo said.
Goins had four points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes against Arizona.