Duke's Mason Plumlee Out Indefinitely With Broken Wrist

Brad FrankCorrespondent INovember 12, 2009

According to the Associated Press, Duke freshman Mason Plumlee broke his left wrist during practice Wednesday and is expected to be out indefinitely.

A team official said Thursday that Plumlee fell hard and landed on his wrist. It is believed that Plumlee will not need surgery. 

"Mason took a hard fall in practice on Wednesday that resulted in the wrist injury," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "It was an unfortunate play, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery. Mason is going to be a very good player for us and we look forward to him getting healthy and returning to the court."

Plumlee was a projected starter for the Blue Devils this season in the frontcourt along with his older brother Miles. No replacement in the starting lineup has been accounced.

Duke opens its season tomorrow at home versus UNC-Greensboro.

Plumlee was the second-best rated center and 10th-best prospect overall in the 2009 recruiting class. In two preseason games, he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds.

Coincidentally, Duke's rival, North Carolina, had its freshman power forward break his wrist last season almost a year ago.

Tyler Zeller broke his wrist last year in a game versus Kentucky. His injury required surgery and kept him out for most of the season.