LSU freshman guard Brandon Sampson returned to practice on Tuesday after suffering an apparent concussion in practice last week, Tigers coach Johnny Jones said Wednesday.
Jones, who was already down one shooting guard last week when Keith Hornsby was shut down and had surgery Tuesday for an undisclosed injury, had to leave Sampson behind Saturday when LSU traveled to Shreveport for a closed scrimmage with TCU.
Jones would only say that Sampson, who had a small bandage on his right cheek when he met with reporters earlier Wednesday, took a “nice lick” and was sidelined for several days.
But Jones said Sampson, a former Madison Prep star and Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball last season, was cleared for noncontact work Tuesday and was scheduled to do the same in Wednesday afternoon’s practice.
Jones said if all goes well, Sampson will likely be full-go in Thursday’s workout and play in Friday night’s exhibition game with Southwest Baptist in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
“He was down for several days since last week and he was cleared (Tuesday) to go (noncontact),” Jones said. “He should probably get a little bit more contact Thursday and then able to play Friday. But for precautionary reasons, we won’t put him back in contact drills until Thursday.”
Jones announced Tuesday that Hornsby, LSU’s leading returning scorer from last season, underwent surgery for a minor injury that will sideline him for the start of the regular season.
Jones said he hopes to have Hornsby back in the lineup for the start of Southeastern Conference play in early January — if not sooner.
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