The news just came across the wire that Duke freshman Mason Plumlee has been injured in a recent practice in Durham. Plumlee, the younger (and probably more talented) brother of Duke sophomore Miles Plumlee took a hard fall during practice yesterday and injured his wrist. The tests came back that the wrist was in fact broken and that Mason is out indefinitely. Whether this changes anything for Gonzaga and Duke's Decmeber match up remains to be seen but it is a major hit to Duke's froncourt.
As we mentioned in the Duke preview, Mason was probably going to start from day one at Duke in the low post and be counted on to be an offensive threat in an otherwise defensive minded frontcourt group. Mason was a McDonald's All-American his senior year of high school and averaged 12 points and 8 rebound in the Blue Devils' first two exhibition games.
This will probably force Lance Thomas into the starting lineup for Duke and will mean that Miles Plumlee and Brian Zoubek will also have to produce more offensively for Coach K's team. As if they didn't have enough pressure already, Nolan Smith, John Scheyer, and especially Kyle Singler will have to carry this team.