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Boise State basketball’s James Webb III has sprained MCL

The Boise State men’s basketball team’s leading scorer and rebounder was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, along with a a bruise, the school announced Thursday.

Junior forward James Webb III fell at an awkward angle after going for a rebound late in Tuesday’s win over UNLV at Taco Bell Arena, his right knee coming down hard on the floor. Webb, who averages 16.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, is day-to-day, coach Leon Rice said.

“It’s still up in the air,” Rice said. “... our first priority is making sure he gets healthy, because he’s an important part of what we do. Part of what he does well is his energy and how well he plays, how he can fly around, we don’t want him limping around.”

Recovery can vary from MCL sprains — in the NBA, for example, the Bucks’ Greg Monroe missed less than a week in December with one, while Rudy Gobert of the Jazz missed a month in the winter.

Boise State plays at San Diego State on Saturday, and wraps up the regular season at San Jose State on March 5. With the Broncos’ only NCAA Tournament hopes resting on winning the Mountain West Tournament the following week, Rice didn’t rule out resting Webb until then, but simply wants him to return when he’s at full strength, whenever that may be.

“It’s hard to speculate where it’ll go,” Rice said.

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