BOUNTIFUL—BYU guard Zac Seljaas has returned home after serving 10 months of an LDS mission to begin a rigorous physical therapy program. Before his freshman season with the Cougars ended, the Bountiful High graduate suffered a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the last part of his freshman season with BYU.
Seljaas was called to serve his mission in Iowa, though his father Gary said “he spent the entire time he was out in Illinois, part of which is in the Des Moines mission.” Zac Seljaas suffered a subluxation in his right shoulder joint in a game against Loyola Marymount during the 2015-16 season. Prior to that injury, he was averaging 7.6 points per game and shot 50 percent from 3-point range, a single-season record for a BYU freshman.
Gary Seljaas said doctors thought Zac’s injury might improve with his two-year time off during his mission, but instead, just the opposite occurred.
“He’s been losing strength in those muscles from not using them daily,” Gary said. “The last two months it was getting progressively worse. He couldn’t sleep at night and he was working with a doctor there, doing some physical therapy for 3 to 4 hours a day several days a week. It was keeping him from his purpose there of serving his mission.”
Zac Seljaas is now back in Bountiful, working with physical therapists both here in Davis County as well as in Provo. He’s strengthening his mobility in what Gary says will be a two to four month process.
“Four different doctors are monitoring him,” Gary said. “The lack of use was making his injury worse, and as part of his therapy, they want him to go through some light shooting drills each day. He can’t go real long, but he’s working at it. All told, he probably has about five hours of therapy a day.”
He said Zac “loved his mission. He loved the people he met while in Illinois, but he also knew the injury and subsequent therapy sessions were a distraction for him and his companions in the mission field.”
Zac plans to enroll in summer classes at BYU and, health of his shoulder permitting, return to play for the Cougars this fall.
Following his freshman season, he received the Sixth Man Award during the BYU team banquet last year.