N.C. State guard Lorenzo Brown is still not 100 percent and would need to make significant improvement to play on Thursday against Duke.
Brown missed last Saturday's 79-78 loss to Miami with an injured left ankle and has not been able to practice, as of Monday, since he suffered the injury on Jan. 29 at Virginia.
Brown's injury remains "day to day," Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said on Tuesday.
"I cannot imagine that he's going to be 100 percent by Thursday but, again, I don't know that," Gottfried said. "We'll have to wait and see how he responds to the treatment."
Brown turned his left ankle after stepping on the foot of Virginia forward Darion Atkins midway through the first half of State's loss at UVa.
Brown, who had started 59 straight games, went through warmups against Miami last Saturday but wasn't able to play in the game. Brown averaged 14.7 points and 8.7 assists in the first seven ACC games for the Wolfpack. He had 12 points and 13 assists in State's win over Duke on Jan. 12.
"I want him to be 100 percent, I'm not going to put him in danger of injuring his foot worse," Gottfried said.
Brown tried to practice on Monday but lasted about five minutes, Gottfried said. Gottfried met with the media on Tuesday before the team had practiced.
Without Brown, freshman point guard Tyler Lewis played 36 minutes and had 16 points, both season-highs, to go with five assists and one turnover. Lewis is in line to make his first career start against Duke on Thursday if Brown can't play.
Gottfried was impressed with Lewis' poise and play-making against Miami and with how the rest of the team responded to Brown's absence.
"I think our team proved to each other, to ourselves, that if (Brown) doesn't play, we're still capable of winning," Gottfried said. "Our players know that."