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Lone returning Creighton starter out 8 weeks after wrist surgery

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Austin Chatman averaged 8.1 points and 4.4 assists last season. (USATSI)

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The only returning starter for Creighton from last year's No. 3 seed Bluejays team is going to be on the shelf for approximately two months.

Senior point guard Austin Chatman had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn radial collateral ligament in his right thumb. It's not a big procedure, but it is a necessary one to get Chatman -- who will be crucial to keeping Creighton in the mix in the Big East -- on the mend and at 100 percent in time for the start of the season in November.

"Chatman's activity will be limited to some conditioning and drills while wearing a cast, which is expected to be needed for two months," per Creighton's release. "Despite the minor setback, Chatman is expected to be back well before the Bluejays open the 2014-15 regular-season on Nov. 14 with a game against Central Arkansas."

Chatman has started 71 straight games and could be the best point guard in the league next season. Creighton recently released its non-conference schedule, which could present a challenge for the new-look Jays, who of course lost national player of the year and NBA lottery pick Doug McDermott.

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