Razorbacks' Rakestraw out 6-8 weeks after breaking pinkie finger

Updated: October 18, 2007, 8:31 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach John Pelphrey says freshman guard Nate Rakestraw broke the pinkie of his shooting hand Tuesday, likely keeping him off the court for six to eight weeks.

Rakestraw, who averaged 19.4 points a game during his senior year at Springdale Har-Ber High School, was one of the two consistent freshman for the Razorbacks, Pelphrey said.

"It hurts us because he was getting better. He was part of our limited guard depth and he could change the scoreboard in a couple of possessions," Pelphrey told reporters Thursday. "We need him to get back and be a part of this season. I'm sure it's a little deflating for him. He's put in a lot of hard work, but I think he will be a fast healer."

Pelphrey said small forward Sonny Weems, who suffered a fracture in his left hand in August, has healed and is doing fine. Weems was the Razorbacks' second-leading scorer last season.

Arkansas held its first practice Friday as 6,200 watched, something Pelphrey described as exciting to see.

"So far we've had six workouts. Four-and-a-half have been good and one-and-a-half were not so good," Pelphrey said. "Some of the things we want to get done will take some time. We'll keep working."

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