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Duke freshman Moore out indefinitely after hand surgery

January 6, 2020 GMT
Miami guard Kameron McGusty (23) drives past Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr. (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami guard Kameron McGusty (23) drives past Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr. (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman forward Wendell Moore Jr. is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand.

Speaking during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the 6-foot-6 forward wouldn’t travel for the second-ranked Blue Devils’ game Wednesday at Georgia Tech. The team issued a statement later Monday after completion of the procedure, saying Moore is expected to return this season.

Moore was hurt with about 4:40 left in Saturday’s 95-62 win at Miami. He lost the ball on a turnover and reached for a steal, then immediately grabbed his right hand. He stayed in the game for another possession before exiting with 4:11 left and immediately having his hand examined on the bench.

“We think everything’s going to be good, but he’ll be out for a while,” Krzyzewski said.

Moore has started five games and is averaging 7.4 points with 3.9 rebounds in 22 minutes of action for a team with a deep rotation.

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