DURHAM, N.C. -- One of Duke's projected starters is out indefinitely with a broken wrist.
Team officials said Thursday that freshman Mason Plumlee fell hard during practice a day earlier and broke his left wrist. They say he injury will not require surgery, and will be evaluated weekly by the team's medical staff.
The 6-foot-10 newcomer was expected to join his older brother Miles Plumlee in the Blue Devils' bulked-up frontcourt. He averaged 12 points and eight rebounds in a pair of exhibition routs.
That makes two projected starters who won't be in the lineup Friday night when Duke (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) opens the season against North Carolina-Greensboro. Guard Nolan Smith must sit out two games for playing in an unsanctioned summer league.