Musselman: Brazile attacking rehab process

Arkansas forward Trevon Brazile (2) glides toward the hoop for a shot, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, during the second half of the Razorbacks’ 99-58 win over the San Jose State Spartans at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Trevon Brazile is attacking the rehab process following successful knee surgery last week, Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman said Monday.

Brazile, who tore the ACL in his right knee on Dec. 6 during Arkansas’ 65-58 victory over North Carolina-Greensboro, tweeted last Thursday evening that he had undergone surgery.

“One of the coolest things ever, he lifted weights (Sunday) night,” Musselman said. “I don't know if I've ever had a player still on crutches right after surgery — a couple of days after — in the weight room. That was really cool to talk with TB and find out he was already back in the weight room.”

Musselman said Brazile, a sophomore transfer from Missouri, is with the team each day. Brazile was in the team facility Sunday rehabbing with head athletic trainer Matt Townsend and returned Monday prior to the coach’s 11:20 a.m. Zoom news conference with local reporters.

“I know my wife saw him in the office one day before I was in here and he was in getting rehab,” Musselman said. “He's doing a great job and diving into the rehab process.”

The 6-10 forward averaged 11.8 points on 48.1% shooting and 6.0 rebounds in 9 games before his injury. He also knocked down 11 of 29 three-pointers, blocked 11 shots and had 9 steals.

On Dec. 3, one game before suffering his injury, Brazile scored a career-high 23 points in Arkansas’ 99-58 win over Troy.

He also averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in the Razorbacks’ games against then-No. 10 Creighton and then-No. 17 San Diego State at the Maui Invitational in November. Brazile scored 20 points in the overtime win against the Aztecs.

He began his Razorbacks career with 21 points in the season opener vs. North Dakota State.