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Flowers back on Badger squad

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Gazette Staff
November 1, 2007
— University of Wisconsin senior guard Michael Flowers has returned to the team after a leave of absence which the Badgers had said was being taken for medical reasons.

“He’s back on the floor,” UW coach Bo Ryan said Wednesday, nearly two weeks after the leave began Oct. 18.


Ryan indicated Flowers would likely be available to play in Wisconsin’s exhibition opener Sunday night against Edgewood College at the Kohl Center.


“Anybody that’s out there on the floor should be ready to play,” the coach said.


The specific reason for Flowers’ leave has not been revealed.


“It’s obvious that I’m not going to say anything other than he was out there,” Ryan said. “So, here we go. Let’s work, let’s play, let’s practice, let’s get ready.”


The 6-foot-2 Flowers started all 36 games last season, averaging 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, and led the Badgers in assists at 105 and steals at 58.


Flowers was not made available for comment.


“He’s a gifted kid in terms of natural athletic ability, so if somebody else took (two) weeks off they might be more affected by it,” Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close said. “It’s just good to have him back.”



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