Even without an official announcement regarding a diagnosis or prognosis, Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle still is expressing confidence freshman forward Evan Battey will be back at practice sooner than later.

Battey was stricken by a medical episode during the semester break while back in his southern California hometown, experiencing symptoms that were akin to a seizure or stroke. Boyle previously stated Battey would undergo examinations by CU doctors following his return to campus more than a week ago.

While Battey's situation remains shrouded in mystery, earlier this week Boyle still professed optimism the 6-foot-8 rookie will make a comeback this year.

"He's had appointments every day to try and help him get better," Boyle said. "He's in rehabilitation mode and we're just going to wait and see where it goes. But I'm hopeful. I'm positive. I'm expecting the best, which would be a full recovery. Until somebody tells me different, that's how I'm going to approach it."

Battey already is taking a redshirt year this season after being ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA this fall.


Heading into Thursday's game, the Buffs are 0-5 at the McKale Center since joining the Pac-12...Arizona entered the game with wins in 13 of its previous 14 games, with an 80-77 loss in Boulder on Jan. 6 counting as the only blemish during that run.


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