Heytvelt sitting out with soreness in right foot

Updated: October 13, 2007, 9:28 PM ET
Associated Press

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 February.

"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 his knee.

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.

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