Michigan basketball forward Jon Horford officially shut down for the season
Jon Horford's season is officially over.
On Friday, Michigan basketball coach John Beilein said it doesn't make sense to chance putting the 6-foot-10 sophomore forward back into the lineup this late in the year as he continues to recover from a right foot injury.
"We're just working him hard in half court (during practice) and thinking about the future," Beilein said. "I don't think it makes much sense (to play him now).
"It's not fair to him."
Horford has missed 19 consecutive games after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot. The fracture has since healed, and Horford has returned to practice, but has still not received clearance to go through a full-speed workout with the team.
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The Grand Ledge native, and brother of NBA forward Al Horford, played in only nine games this season, meaning he's eligible to receive a medical redshirt following the season.
In nine appearances, Horford averaged 2.7 points and 3.6 rebounds.
In other injury news, Michigan freshman guard Carlton Brundidge returned to practice Thursday after missing the team's previous five games due to complications from asthma.
Beilein said Brundidge -- who did not travel with the Wolverines to Northwestern on Tuesday -- was scheduled to work out again Friday, and could be available Saturday when Michigan hosts Purdue (6 p.m., BTN).
"He was sick before our last trip, he had an upper respiratory infection, so he didn't make the trip," Beilein said. "He practiced (Thursday) and (could be) full-go (on Saturday)."
The Southfield product has played in 12 games this season, totaling six points in 39 minutes.
Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012 : 12:21 a.m.
This is a bummer, both for Jon and for Michigan fans. But, hopefully he will come back next season and help make Michigan the #1 rebounding team in the Big Ten. It's not out of the question with 6-10 255 lb. Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, Smotrycz, and Morgan all coming back.
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 9:30 p.m.
If Jon can get healthy, stronger and work hard to refine his skills, he will be nice addition to the recruits we have coming in next year.