I caught some updates on Chris Clarke from media day. It sounds positive, then it does not.
"It's killing me," Clarke said. "I'm trying to be patient. Honestly, I don't know if I'll play, or when I'll play, but I'm just trying to be patient."
Williams was slightly more optimistic about Clarke's prognosis, saying "I think it's close" in regards to whether he'll be back for the opener. Williams said Clarke recently had some "biomechanical engineering"-based tests performed on his knee to get a definitive look at how far along he is with his rehab, but the results of the tests haven't been returned.
"That's not a recuperation or a rehab that you want to rush," said Williams, who added Clarke is two-to-three weeks ahead of schedule in his rehab. "Normally, the people that rush it, good things don't transpire from the rush. Like I have with (Blackshear), Ahmed, I'm just overprotective of those guys. I coach them hard enough, so I want to make sure that they're completely ready.
"(Clarke will) be our best rebounder, just like he was before he got hurt. I don't know if he was our best rebounder when he came back from his foot as a freshman. He may have been in the times that he played, but we need him."