NBA Draft

Duke’s Seth Curry will miss pre-draft workouts after shin surgery

jjones@charlotteobserver.comApril 18, 2013 

Seth Curry’s surgery Monday on a stress reaction in his right shin means he won’t be able to participate in pre-NBA draft camps.

The sharpshooting Charlotte native and former Duke guard played through the injury during the entire 2012-13 season with the Blue Devils, and he and his family decided surgery after the season was the best plan of action.

But he’s not concerned about missing time in front of NBA scouts and GMs while other prospects try to nudge their stock for June’s draft, mainly because of what he was able to do this past season.

“It may (hurt), but I think it helps just having the GMs and teams know what I did on one leg all season,” said Curry, seated on the baseline at Providence Day School during the ACC Barnstorming stop in Charlotte. “When I come back I’ll be a lot better. It could hurt, but it could help. My main focus is getting 100 percent.”

Curry is projected to be drafted either in the late second round or not at all. When he found out about the injury in mid-September, he considered sitting out the season and taking a sixth year of eligibility next year.

And even with hindsight, he’s pleased he played this year for the Blue Devils.

“If I had went out there and played and been average or below average I would have been mad,” Curry said, “but I went out there and played as good as anyone in the country, and I put some good film out there for the draft.”

Curry finished second in the ACC in scoring with a team-high 17.5 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting from 3-point range. In four NCAA tournament games he averaged 20.2 points per game, including two outings on 29 and 26.

Because of the injury, Curry sat out a majority of practices throughout the season. Still, he was able to average 32.3 minutes per game while being named a second-team All-American by Sporting News.

Teammate Mason Plumlee said he was “amazed” Curry was able to play those minutes—and play them well—on such little practice.

Fellow Blue Devil Ryan Kelly dealt with his own right foot injury, and was in a boot similar to Curry’s while seated on the bench Thursday night.

“For a guy to miss so much time and not be in a flow with his teammates, as much as people talk about it, it was underappreciated,” Kelly said. “I couldn’t imagine myself being able to do that. He was great with his teammates.

“For a guy who’s obviously a high-volume shooter and a guy on our team that’s going to score the basketball, it’s easy for a guy to get jealous about that. But he was such a great teammate that it didn’t matter. It was tremendous what he did this year.”

Curry expects to be 100 percent in 21/2 months and said he’ll be able to walk on his foot in two or three days. And though he and Kelly will be missing crucial time in front of potential NBA suitors, they’re counting on their four years of film to be all they need.

“I think teams are going to be able to see what we have done over our careers, and we’ve done a lot of things,” Kelly said. “We’re pretty good guys, too.”

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