Sunday, April 14, 2013

Duke's Ryan Kelly Has Foot Surgery

We wondered several months ago when we blogged about Duke's Ryan Kelly and his foot injury if he would  injure it further or need more time off than anticipated. So often these "minor" foot and ankle injuries, sprains, and fractures turn into something more serious because a sufficient resting period is not given.
In Kelly's case, more time off probably would have been beneficial. Tuesday he underwent foot surgery on the right foot that kept him out 13 games this season. The team had been vague about what his injury was and the extent unclear, and the decision for Kelly to have surgery was decided after Duke was eliminated from the NCAA tournament against eventually champion Louisville.
His brother Sean, a manager on the team, tweeted, "RT Everyone send prayers, good vibes, and a happy birthday to @RyanKelly34 today while he goes through surgery."
After sitting on the bench for 13 games, Kelly played his most memorable game of the season against Miami, scoring 36 points. That would be his only highlight this season, however. For the season he averaged 12.9 points, 5.3 assists, and shot 42% from the arc for Duke, and during the NCAA tournament he averaged 6.3 points and 1-for-13 from beyond the arc.
Kelly is expected to be out three months to recover, which will significantly impact his status for the NBA draft on June 27th. Recovery from the surgery will keep him out of spring training practices and being unavailable to participate will likely impact his prospects. Kelly is ranked No. 80 in the 2013 draft class by Draft Express, which makes him a fringe second round pick.
Reference: SB Nation
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