Duke's Kelly out indefinitely

Posted January 9, 2013
Updated January 10, 2013

— Duke forward Ryan Kelly is out indefinitely with a right foot injury, head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Wednesday evening. 

Kelly, a senior from Raleigh, was injured late in the first half of Duke's 68-40 win over Clemson Tuesday. No timetable has been set for his return this season. 

“We feel very badly for Ryan,” said Krzyzewski. “He is playing the best basketball of his career and this is a tough setback for him. We’re hoping for a good recovery and we are optimistic about his return.”

Kelly is averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.7 blocks per game in his senior season and is on pace to set career highs in those four categories as well as three-point percentage (.521, 25-of-48) and field goal percentage (.471, 65-of-138).

He has scored in double figures in 13 of Duke’s 15 games. Over the past nine games, Kelly was averaging 14.4 points per game, while shooting 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from three-point range.

Kelly ranks among the winningest players in Duke basketball history, leading the Blue Devils to a 105-13 (.890) record in his 118 games to rank third all-time at Duke in career winning percentage. Duke has amassed a 39-1 record when Kelly scores in double figures during his career and a 9-0 mark when he leads the team in scoring.

In his career, Kelly has scored 854 points, grabbed 424 rebounds and hit 92 three-pointers. He is just eight treys shy of becoming the second Duke player at 6-foot-11 or taller to hit 100 career three-pointers (joining Danny Ferry).

Duke, ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches Polls, returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 12 with an ACC road contest against No. 20 N.C. State. Game time is set for 12 p.m. with ESPN televising the matchup between top 25 opponents.


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  • Toddler10-21 Jan 11, 2013

    Call him a a hole all you want, but during his time you had to play that way.Laimbeer was as tough as they come.These kids today wouldnt make it during those days. Too soft. Only a few. Can you see Kelly playing with the bad boys of Detroit? Duke will miss Kelly, others just have to be ready to step up. GO Pack!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 11, 2013

    One of the better players on the #1 team in the nation is out indefinitely.

    Next up is the local team in Raleigh looking to knock them off.

    And you're seriously asking why this is news?

    There was an article about Leslie McDonald MAYBE being out for the Miami game. I didn't see you guys over there questioning why that was news.

  • eyepeefreelee Jan 11, 2013

    Best. Post. Ever.

  • trueblue0100 Jan 10, 2013

    Who cares and why is this news?

  • iron fist Jan 10, 2013

    I really don't like Duke but I hope Kelly recovers quickly I hate to seen anyone hurt.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 10, 2013

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    I saw a post over on PP that listed each ACC team, and the number of players on each team that averages double-digit minutes of playing time.

    State and Duke were both the lowest, with only 7 players averaging double-digit minutes.

    Doing the math, that puts Duke in a bad position. That means, they now have six players getting even more minutes. (I know it's not that cut and dry, but losing Kelly is going to be pretty hard on Duke...)

    Another angle is that Kelly would have played tough defense on Calvin, and made Calvin play tough defense out on the perimeter. The advantage was to Duke with Kelly in the lineup. It has to hurt them with him injured.

  • 903 mens national championships Jan 10, 2013

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    We didn't have Kelly last year in the ACC tourney or the Lehigh game and none of the regular Duke fans here ever blamed the losses on the injury.

  • StunGunn Jan 10, 2013

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    Some people mistake a statement or opinion as an "excuse" - happens all the time on here, unfortunately. Most people know you're a true blue Duke fan, and you were only expressing your opinion. Speaking for myself and most of "Hole Nation", we hope Kelly heals soon:)

  • lec02572 Jan 10, 2013

    I'm not a Duke fan, but Kelly is an awesome player. I have watched him every season get better and better. Wish him a speedy recovery. Note to opponents: Kelly isn't the only good player on the Duke team, so be prepared for a defense that could shut down any team in the country and outstanding scoring. Only weakness Duke currently has is rebounding and their defense makes up for the lack of dominating rebounding.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jan 10, 2013

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    Maybe it was b/c he was communicating in Swahili that he left his scrubs on the court in Tallahassee and left with the rest of the TEAM... They just couldn't understand the language.

    After all the scrubs are the only ones that are TRUE... STUDENT/athletes, you would've thought they'd have understood...

    Yeah, that's it...

    Roy would never leave any players on the court INTENTIONALLY... Cough, cough... sniff, sniff...




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