Tigers' Top Scorer Practices, Wants to Play

Chris Douglas-Roberts hurt his ankle Sunday


March 21, 2007

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -Memphis scoring leader Chris Douglas-Roberts, who sprained his left ankle last Sunday, took part in a private practice Wednesday.

"He's doing fine. He wants to play. If he's capable of playing, he'll play," coach John Calipari said. "You can ask me 1,000 different ways, but that's the best I can tell you. If he's able to will, he will. If he's not able to play, he won't."

Memphis plays Texas A&M on Thursday night in a South Regional semifinal.

Although Douglas-Roberts didn't take part in the team's open practice at the Alamodome, team officials said the sophomore guard moved well during an earlier light workout.

"If he's not (playing), everybody else is going to have to step up," guard Jeremy Hunt said.

Douglas-Roberts, who averaged 15.4 points a game, was hurt Sunday in the Tigers' 78-62 victory over Nevada in New Orleans. He didn't practice Monday.

When Douglas-Roberts missed three straight games in January because of a sprained right ankle, the Tigers won all of those games by at least 13 points.

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