DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Duke freshman Elton Brand, leading the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his foot during practice.
The 6-foot-8 forward broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot Saturday. He will have surgery this week but will not be able to apply for a medical hardship to retain his freshman year of eligibility.
Brand is the second prominent big man injured in the last two days. On Friday night, All-America forward Raef LaFrentz of Kansas broke his right index finger and will be sidelined for up to six weeks.
Brand was averaging 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds for No. 3 Duke. He ranks in the top 10 in five statistical categories among Atlantic Coast Conference players.
``He was having as good a year as any freshman who ever played for me,″ Duke coach Mike Kryzewski said. ``I’ve never had a player have as big an impact as Elton had in such a short time period. It’s frustrating to not be able to see him continue such an outstanding start to the season.″
Kryzewski has played as many as 12 players this season. But the loss of Brand, one of the few inside players for the Blue Devils, could be difficult to overcome.
Brand of Peekskill, N.Y., was among the most highly regarded high school players in the country last year.