The Duke basketball team received unfortunate news today, as it was announced that senior forward Ryan Kelly will be out indefinitely with a right foot injury he suffered in the first half of Duke’s 68-40 victory over Clemson yesterday.
According to sources, Duke expects Kelly to miss anywhere from two to four weeks, with the latter being the more likely recovery period.
This is a tough blow to the No. 1 ranked team in the country, as Kelly is one of their most valuable and versatile players – a 6-11 forward who can score from anywhere on the court, pass as well as any big man, and provide a physical presence on defense.
Basically, this injury sucks. Kelly was starting to come on quickly over the last few games, scoring 18 against Davidson, 22 against Wake Forest, and putting together 12 points by halftime against Clemson. Given his improved performance, and the fact that Duke is about to play NC State in their first true road game of the season, this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Duke will fill his minutes using a mixture of Amile Jefferson, a wildly athletic freshman who’s game isn’t quite ready for ACC play, and Josh Hairston, who has never done much besides take charges like a mad man.
One final tidbit to make you all the more sad about the news:
Kelly was shooting 52.1% from beyond the arc, including 14 of his last 19. On the season, the senior has averaged 13.4ppg, 5.4rpg, and 1.5apg.