UAA basketball player Travis Adams steps away with back ailment

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The UAA men's basketball team announced Wednesday sophomore guard Travis Adams has stepped away from the team with a back ailment.

In a press release by the university, head men's basketball coach Rusty Osborne said the team has been aware of Adams' injury and the training staff did an excellent job helping him manage last season.

The Barrow High School alum played in 27 out of 28 games last season as a true freshman, averaging 14.6 minutes per game and ranked second on the team with 2.6 assists per game.

According to the press release, Adams said that for as long as he has played competitive basketball, there's been an ache in his back.

"However, my last year of college as well as this summer leading up to this season, the pain was unbearable," Adams continued.

The diagnosis given to him when he returned from the doctor was Spondylolisthesis, which is a slipping of the vertebrae at the base of the spine in most cases.

Adams was told the only way to fix his back fully was surgery, but at this time he has decided not to go that route.

"I decided that I would, for the time being, step away from collegiate basketball and focus on strengthening my back," Adams said in the release.

Osborne said should Adams' back rehab to a point where he would like to return, he would be welcomed back to the team with enthusiasm.

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