Willard said Hazell would have his wrist evaluated by a doctor on Monday, to see if the guard will be cleared to play the rest of the season.
Hazell has played in only three games this season (averaging 24 points), meaning he could take a medical redshirt and come back to play for the Pirates next season.
Willard said he would sit down with Hazell and his family to discuss the options after Monday's evaluation.
"If he can get cleared by the 10th, and miraculously he's OK from the gunshot wound, but it's his wrist that needs to be cleared and we need to see if the screw has healed properly, we'll sit down with his family and decide what's going to be the best for him," Willard said. "I know he wants to be back out there with his teammates and try to help us win some games. He also has a very bright future ahead of him in this game. We'll weigh the pros and cons, and whatever he and his family want to do, we'll be all for it."
While conference play is getting under way, there are still several big nonconference games for Big East teams to play this season.
No. 8 Connecticut goes on the road Saturday, to play 12th-ranked Texas.
"They're one of the best teams in the country," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "Certainly, Jordan Hamilton is a fine player."
The Huskies made their mark this season by winning some big nonconference games during the Maui Invitational. UConn came away with wins against Michigan State and Kentucky to vault into the top 10, after starting the season unranked. UConn has started off the Big East season 1-2, with the losses coming to Pitt and Notre Dame on the road.
"Maui certainly wasn't a fluke, but Maui was the early season and we had all kinds of energy," Calhoun said. "People didn't know us and now the tapes are starting to catch up a little bit. Now, we have to start catching back up to the tapes."
UConn has another nonconference matchup on Jan. 22, with Tennessee.
Other remaining nonconference games of note: Maryland at Villanova (Jan. 15), Purdue at WVU (Jan. 16), Duke at St. John's (Jan. 30) and St. John's at UCLA (Feb. 5).
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