SPOKANE, Wash. -- Josh Heytvelt, reinstated Friday to the
Gonzaga's basketball team after an eight-month suspension for
possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, will likely miss the first
week of practice with foot pain.
Gonzaga spokesman Oliver Pierce said Friday night that a recent
MRI exam showed Heytvelt, a 6-foot-11 junior center and the team's
leading returning scorer, had a "hot spot" of irritation on his
right foot. Purnell said doctors believe Heytvelt should be able to
return within a week.
Heytvelt, who has done about 300 hours of community service and
passed weekly drug tests for the last eight months in compliance
with a court-supervised diversion program, said he was already
eager to get back to practicing for the first time since early
"Now, with the foot issue, it's going to be a little longer,"
Heytvelt said. "I've been antsy for nine months."
The Bulldogs, who won their eighth West Coast Conference
tournament title in nine years last season but then lost in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament to Indiana, began practice
Friday night. Another returning starter, forward David Pendergraft
is recovering from surgery last month that removed scar tissue from
Friday afternoon, the university announced the reinstatement of
Heytvelt and Theo Davis. Davis is a redshirt freshman who was also
arrested with Heytvelt in Cheney, Wash., on Feb. 9.