Duke’s Curry undergoes surgery on nagging right leg

lkeeley@newsobserver.comApril 15, 2013 

Seth Curry had been battling a nagging right shin injury since mid-September. It was serious enough that the medical staff thought he might miss his senior season. But Curry played through the stress reaction and became an all-American in the process.

Monday, he finally had that surgery on his right shin. He is expected to be out 10-12 weeks.

“Seth showed tremendous toughness, both mental and physical, this season while playing through the injury,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He had an amazing season even though he was held out of a majority of our practices. This surgery will further stabilize the leg and help the healing process as Seth prepares for a bright professional career.”

Curry will likely miss all workouts leading up to the June 27 NBA draft. But he dazzled on the court during his senior season despite rarely practicing with the team. He finished second in the ACC in scoring with a team-high 17.5 points per game average and shot 43.8 percent (95-of-217) from 3-point range. He was named a second-team all-American by the Sporting News.

Curry began his career at Liberty and transferred to Duke prior to his sophomore season. He sat out the 2010 national championship season and played the next three years, scoring 1,394 points. He ranks third in the Duke record books in 3-point field goal percentage (.420), fifth in free throw percentage (.825) and eighth with 223 3-pointers.

Seth and his older brother, former Davidson star Stephen, became the NCAA’s highest scoring brother duo this year. The two combined for 4,736 points – 2,635 from Steph, currently with the Golden State Warriors, and 2,101 from Seth.

The Duke senior’s improved throughout the season, but surgery was the best option to ensure a full recovery.

Scheyer coming back to Duke

A person close to the basketball program said Monday that Jon Scheyer will be a special assistant next season. Scheyer is playing professionally in Spain and did not respond to a request for comment.

As a member of the Duke squad from 2006-2010, Scheyer ranks 10th in school history with 2,077 career points. Scheyer also ranks fourth with 297 3-pointers and third in career free throws (608) and free-throw percentage (.861). Scheyer was a senior captain and starting point guard on the 2010 national championship team.

Since graduating from Duke, Scheyer has played in the NBA Development League; as a reserve for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel; and is a reserve for CB Gran Canaria this season. His best chance at the NBA was derailed in 2010 by a freak eye injury in an NBA summer league game. Scheyer was out seven months after surgery to repair a partly torn optic nerve.

With the return of Andre Dawkins for a fifth year, Scheyer, 25, will be coaching one former teammate.

Scheyer will fill the position vacated by Nate James, who was promoted to assistant coach when Chris Collins left for Northwestern. The Blue Devils were expected to hire a former player.

Keeley 919-829-4556; Twitter @laurakeeley

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