Marshall Plumlee’s long-awaited Duke debut turned out to be a short one.
The 6-foot-11 center officially became the third member of his family to play for the Blue Devils when he entered Wednesday’s game against Cornell at the first television time out.
Subbing for older brother Mason, he played two minutes, recording a blocked shot before returning to the bench. That’s where he watched the rest of the game as Duke rolled to an 88-47 victory against the Big Red at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
According to coach Mike Krzyzewski, Plumlee suffered “a slight sprain” of his foot during his cameo appearance and was kept out as a precaution. The redshirt freshman missed first nine games this season while recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot.
Krzyzewski wasn’t sure which foot Plumlee injured Wednesday.
“It’s too bad,” Krzyzewski said. “He would have had a lot of minutes tonight.”
Krzyzewski said that it’s doubtful he would risk playing Plumlee in Thursday night’s home game against Elon, but that it’s still too early to make a determination on his status.
“Probably he wouldn’t be available, but I don’t know that,” Krzyzewski said. “Something like that, you get scared because you’re just coming back from an injury. So we’ll see