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Still no timetable for return of Texas C Cameron Ridley

The Longhorns are hoping to have the team's best big man back for the conference tournament.

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The Texas Longhorns are starting to develop an identity without injured center Cameron Ridley and that process will have to continue indefinitely, as head coach Shaka Smart said Monday during a media availability that there is still no timetable for his return.

Ridley suffered a broken foot in practice in late December and had surgery several days later. Since then, he's been using a scooter and crutches to keep weight off that foot, a process that is still ongoing.

However, Smart remains hopeful that Ridley will be able to return by the end of the regular season or start of the Big 12 Conference tournament, but the medical staff is unsure whether he'll be recovered by then.

The 6'9 Ridley was averaging career highs in points per game (12.7), rebounds per game (10), and blocks per game (3.4) in the 11 contests prior to his injury. A highly-touted recruit out of high school, Ridley was emerging as one of the most dominant two-way post players in college basketball during his senior season.