Kylan Boswell said he first injured the foot during a session at the Nike EYBL back in April. Doctors diagnosed the issue as a stress fracture in his right foot that would require surgery. Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd told The Athletic’s Seth Davis back in August the injury wouldn’t allow Boswell to make his presence felt until the second half of the season.

For a 5-star guard who reclassified and joined the Arizona Wildcats’ basketball program early, that was a significant dampener to major excitement.

Boswell, on campus and rehabbing with the UA medical team, met with local reporters on Wednesday. He provided some more encouragement.

“I don’t want to give out dates and stuff yet. I mean, of course there’s goals, but we’re not really sure. So far, it’s just been smooth sailing. I’m kind of back sooner than I thought it would be, too, which is nice,” said the 6-foot-1 guard from Chandler, Arizona.

“I’m allowed to progress more and more each day. Right now I’ve gotten back into just on-court stuff. I just recently got cleared to start jumping on my foot. It’s basically just how I feel, if I’m confident and stuff like that, but not really a timestamp.”

Arizona has Kerr Kriisa and Courtney Ramey to handle the majority of the backcourt minutes this upcoming season. Lloyd doesn’t need Boswell to be full-go the second the ball is tipped; the Wildcats are still a contender to repeat as the Pac-12 champions. But to have a player of his physical ability and skill, it would make for another problem to throw at opponents.

Lloyd does well figuring out how to fit all of that together.

And he can credit the medical team for getting Boswell to a place where he might be able to contribute sooner than expected.

Boswell certainly threw a ton of credit their way on Wednesday.

“The rehab here, I don’t feel like I could have got it anywhere else,” he said. “So I would definitely take that over anything else.”

Reclassifying and joining the program early opened up the UA’s resources to Boswell. He got to rehab with a major collegiate training and medical staff. The resources available, compared to the high school level, are night and day.

“I felt like I made the smartest move, for sure,” Boswell said. “It took me a minute to get over the fact that all those days in the gym, just working for the senior year high school stuff, McDonald’s (All-American), Jordan Brand (Classic), and stuff like that. It was really just (about) long-term situations. Sacrifice for something bigger in the future.”