Foot surgery will cost Duke's Marshall Plumlee 3-4 months

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Given Duke's lack of inside depth, Marshall Plumlee needs to come back healthy next season. (USATSI)
Given Duke's lack of inside depth, Marshall Plumlee needs to come back healthy next season. (USATSI)

With the lack of post players Duke has on its roster next season, Marshall Plumlee will be counted on for quality minutes.

The redshirt freshman has hit a snag in his development, though, as the Blue Devils announced that Plumlee will undergo surgery on his left foot. He will miss three to four months.

Plumlee missed the first nine games of this past season with a stress fracture in his left foot.

“Marshall was having a very good preseason before suffering the injury last year,” Duke coach Krzyzewski said in a statement on Tuesday. “The injury set him back, but we expect him to make a full recovery and be a key contributor for us next season.”

Plumlee, a 6-foot-11 center, played sparingly this season, scoring two points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 50 total minutes.

However, Duke doesn't have much inside depth for 2013-14. Rotation players Josh Hairston and Amile Jefferson are the most experienced frontcourt guys coming back, and neither played more than 13 minutes per game. As a result, Plumlee will need to provide some time off the bench.

The perimeter group for Duke is absolutely loaded, with Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon returning as starters, and the additions of freshman star Jabari Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood. Throw in backup point guard Tyler Thornton, redshirt shooter Andre Dawkins and freshmen Matt Jones and Semi Ojeleye -- not to mention sophomore Alex Murphy -- and Krzyzewski will have one of the deepest perimeters in the country.

Duke went 30-6 last season, losing in the Elite Eight to eventual national champion Louisville.

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