Practicing Powell

Marshawn Powell

Although he was seen limping late in Friday's loss against UAB, Arkansas sophomore Marshawn Powell has gone through both practices since then per head coach John Pelphrey and should be able to play Wednesday night when the Razorbacks (3-1) host Oklahoma (3-3).

When Arkansas basketball fans last saw sophomore forward Marshawn Powell Friday night, he was limping off the court in North Little Rock after a disappointing overtime loss to UAB.

But Powell, who broke his foot this summer and missed the two previous games, was able to practice on Saturday according to head coach John Pelphrey.

That means the Razorbacks (3-1) should have him available to play Wednesday when they host Oklahoma (3-3) in a 7 p.m. game at Bud Walton Arena.

"We practiced the very next day and he was out at practice so that was positive," Pelphrey said of the 6-7, 220-pound Powell, who averaged 14.9 points last season.

Arkansas took an NCAA-mandated day off on Sunday and then Powell was practicing again on Monday.

Powell is averaging 6.5 points so far this season while playing 15 minutes in the season opener against Grambling State and 25 against UAB.

"I thought the other night that he was more aggressive than he has been at any point in time this season," Pelphrey said. "I wouldn't say he was 100 percent, but I would say it was 100 percent better than we have had a chance to watch him this year.

"We probably saw him run that hard and be that aggressive a couple of times in practice - two separate practices - but hadn't seen that in a game yet," Pelphrey added. "So hopefully that is a good sign and he'll continue to get on up through there.

"What was he – 70, 75 percent the other night?" Pelphrey continued. "We need him at 100 and hopefully we are getting closer to that."

In both of the games he has played this season, Powell has been seen limping toward the end of the contest.

"I think it is more of a time issue," Pelphrey said. "He certainly is not a 40-minute (guy) and nobody thinks he is. He is not capable of playing 40 minutes right now. I think it (the limping) is as he gets tired and stuff and he may have stung it once or twice."

Powell, who was a first-team preseason All-SEC selection by the SEC Coaches, was just 3-of-11 on Friday night after missing the week's first two games while resting the foot.

"Great position," Pelphrey said. "It's just him not being 100 percent." Perhaps teammate Julysess Nobles summed it up best.

"Marshawn will be okay," Nobles said. "Everybody knows he is not 100 percent right now. He is just trying to get the feel back. His foot has still been hurt, but he will be all right.

"He had like a month and some change off so he has just got to get his touch and feel around the rim," Nobles added. "When he gets that, he will be okay."

Nobles agreed with his coach that Powell is nowhere near where he will be later in the season.

"We are getting probably about 70 percent of him right now," Nobles said.

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