Basketball: Kreklow wasn’t sure he’d make it back to play again this season after foot injury

Cal sophomore Ricky Kreklow can barely believe he’ll play in an NCAA tournament game on Thursday against UNLV.

The transfer from Missouri has endured a season sabotaged by surgery on his right foot the first week of October. Three times since, he suffered setbacks.

“You kind of go from accepting the fact that you’re looking ahead to next year,” Kreklow said, “to the point where it was healed enough there really wasn’t any risk to injuring it again.”

Expected to be a starting guard this season, Kreklow instead has played a total of 118 minutes spread over seven games — two in November, two in December, one in January and now the Bears’ past two games.

“I feel badly for Rick,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said Wednesday. “He’s a tough kid, which is something we don’t necessarily have. He’s not anywhere close to where he would have been.”

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Jeff Faraudo