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Duke sophomore point guard Greg Paulus had surgery Monday to repair a break in his fifth metatarsal in his left foot and will be ruled out indefinitely.

 

Duke is expected to make a formal announcement later Monday. Paulus injured his foot Saturday in practice.

 

While Paulus is out, the Blue Devils will use a committee of players handling the ball: forward Josh McRoberts, wings DeMarcus Nelson and Jon Scheyer and guard Gerald Henderson. Scheyer and Henderson are freshmen.

 

The injury to Paulus is similar to what befell Carlos Boozer during his Duke career.

 

Paulus, an ACC All-Freshman team honoree last season, averaged 6.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game a year ago while starting 33 of 36 games. He joined Ed Cota (North Carolina, 1997), Jeff Jones (Virginia, 1979) and Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech, 1990), as the only players to lead the ACC in assists as freshmen. Paulus also set a Duke freshman record with 15 assists in a 104-77 win over Valparaiso on Dec. 18.

 

McRoberts, an ACC All-Freshman team and ACC All-Tournament second team selection in 2006, posted the team's top field goal percentage -- 60.5 percent -- last season. He was also on the team in scoring at 8.7 points per game and second in blocked shots (46) and rebounding (5.3 rpg.).

 

Nelson, one of three upperclassman on the Duke roster, is coming off an injury-plagued sophomore campaign. He averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while playing in 24 games, including seven starts. Nelson shot 45.2 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from 3-point range.

 

The Blue Devils open the 2006-07 season Nov. 12 at home against Columbia.

 

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MDAA guards in Coach K's system are virtually money.

 

I doubt anyone would say the future/current starting PG at UNC, Wayne Ellington, is unathletic yet Scheyer dropped 29 on Wayne Ellington this year. It wasn't done behind the arc either, alot of the damage was around the rim. The dude wouldn't be at Duke if this coaching staff didn't think he could be an impact player in the ACC.

 

That said, the best player in this class is going to be Gerald Henderson and then Lance Thomas.

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I'd be terrified to have Scheyer (unproven, probably now a worse defender then Paulus) or DeMarcus (unless his dribbling has improved this summer he would lead the ACC in tournovers) run this team the whole year.

 

Paulus' experience and condition and tenacity can't be replaced for a whole year.

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I'd be terrified to have Scheyer (unproven, probably now a worse defender then Paulus) or DeMarcus (unless his dribbling has improved this summer he would lead the ACC in tournovers) run this team the whole year.

 

Paulus' experience and condition and tenacity can't be replaced for a whole year.

 

 

Nobody said it would be, all I said was they can afford him the time he needs because even if they didn't have him they would still be a top seed.

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