University of Louisville junior forward Rakeem Buckles has been cleared to begin limited practice with the Cardinals starting Thursday.
Buckles has been recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) suffered in his right knee on Feb. 27. He had surgery to repair the knee on March 16, participated in his first individual instruction session on Nov. 9 and has been progressing well. He could return to game action as soon as a few weeks.
The knee injury was one setback during a tough sophomore season in which he suffered three separate injuries that kept him off the court when he also endured a concussion and broken index finger. He averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 16 games, including 10 starting assignments. He had ranked among the top ten in rebounding in the BIG EAST before he broke his finger.