Nolan Smith Out Indefinitely

Posted Feb 26, 2009

Sophomore combo guard will be out for some time after sustaining a mild concussion against Maryland.

DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore Nolan Smith is out indefinitely after suffering a mild concussion in the second half of Duke’s 78-67 win over Maryland on Wednesday. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native was examined by the Duke medical staff upon returning to Durham on Wednesday night and again on Thursday.

“Nolan’s condition improved overnight, but we are going to proceed cautiously,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Our medical staff will continue to monitor his progress and he will return to the rotation when he is fully healthy. Nolan is an important part of this team and we are looking forward to his return.”

Smith is averaging 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game this season with 14 double figure scoring games. He is also shooting 85.0 percent (51-of-60) from the free throw line for the year.

The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Virginia Tech. Duke will close out the regular season with a home game against Florida State (March 3) and a road contest at North Carolina (March 8).

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