Curry has surgery on right shin
Having played through discomfort all through Duke’s basketball season, Seth Curry finally had surgery on Monday to repair his injured right shin.
A fifth-year senior guard, Curry was diagnosed with a condition similar to a stress fracture in September.
At the time, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the initial fears were that Curry would need immediate surgery that would have prevented him from playing this past season.
Instead, Curry worked with Duke’s medical staff to manage the injury in a way that allowed him to not only play, but lead the Blue Devils with a 17.5 scoring average.
“Seth showed tremendous toughness, both mental and physical, this season while playing through the injury,” Krzyzewski said Monday. “He had an amazing season even though he was held out of a majority of our practices.
“This surgery will further stabilize the leg and help the healing process as Seth prepares for a bright professional career.”
Curry is expected to need 10 to 12 weeks to recover, which will prevent him from holding individual workouts for NBA teams before the June draft.
The surgery was performed at Duke University Medical Center by Dr. Robert Zura. He was assisted by Dr. Claude T. Moorman.
Curry, a 6-2 guard from Charlotte, hopes to follow in his family’s tradition by playing in the NBA. His father, Dell, played in the NBA from 1987-2002 with Utah, Cleveland, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Toronto.
Stephen Curry, Seth’s older brother, was a first-round pick by Golden State in 2009. Now in his fourth season, Stephen Curry is averaging 22.8 points for the playoff-bound Warriors.
Seth Curry displayed the same shooting acumen as his father and brother, particularly this season. Despite not practicing on a regular basis because of the injury, Curry made 43.8 percent of his 3-pointers as Duke went 30-6 and reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
The ACC coaches voted him first-team all-conference, and Curry was named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News.
Curry missed just one game this season, as Krzyzewski had him sit out a Dec. 1 win over Delaware. He scored in double figures in 29 of the 35 games he played, producing 18 games where he scored at least 20 points.
He scored 31 points, his highest output in a Duke uniform, against Santa Clara on Dec. 29. Curry had 29 points when Duke beat Michigan State 71-61 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis on March 29.
After starting his college career at Liberty, scoring 707 points as a freshman, Curry transferred to Duke and sat out the 2009-10 season. Over the past three seasons, he tallied 1,394 points for the Blue Devils.
Seth and Stephen Curry set an NCAA record for scoring with a combined 4,736 points in their college careers.
DraftExpress.com lists Seth Curry as the No. 90 prospect for this year’s NBA draft. Fellow Duke senior Ryan Kelly, who also played with an injury this season, is listed at No. 81.
Kelly missed 13 games with a right foot injury before returning on March 2. Be played in Duke’s final eight games, including the NCAA Tournament, before having foot surgery last week.
Like Curry, Kelly also will not be able to work out for NBA teams before the draft.