Northwestern point guard Dave Sobolewski said Thursday that he will play in Saturday’s game against Iowa. How Northwestern coach Chris Collins will re-integrate Sobolewski into the lineup remains to be seen.
Sobolewski sustained a concussion in practice on Jan. 11 and has missed the Wildcats four games since. Sobolewski, a junior, has been a starter in his two-plus seasons with the Wildcats. But considering Northwestern has won three of its last four games, he is not expected to immediately return to the starting lineup.
Collins said as much after the team’s win at Indiana on Jan. 18. Thursday was the first time Sobolewski has been a full participant in practice since sustaining the concussion.
“I don’t think there’s any specific plans other than to kind of take it as it comes,” Collins said. “We need him, there’s no question.
“He’s got to get his game legs back and find his rhythm and kind of get back into the swing of things.”
Sobolewski doesn’t feel they’ll be any adjustment to a reserve role.
“It’s still basketball,” Sobolewski said. “Not that big of a difference. So whatever the coaches are going to choose, that’s what they choose.
“I’ll be happy to join in on this fight however it happens.”