DURHAM – Duke freshman Amber Henson will miss the remainder of the season as she undergoes knee surgery, school officials announced on Wednesday.
Henson, a 6-foot-4 forward, came to the No. 7 Blue Devils as a top 10 recruit, who along with center Elizabeth Williams as part of what many considered the nation's top recruiting class.
Henson, whose injury has limited her playing time this season, will have surgery on Friday to stabilize her kneecap. She injured her knee while at Walter L. Sickles High in Tampa, Fla., where she became a McDonald's All-American.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said the team will apply to the NCAA for a redshirt season for Henson. Laboring on a sore knee, she had continued to play after taking time off in the summer and trying to rehabilitate the injury.
"She's been in tremendous pain," McCallie said. "This really gives her a chance to start over with the knee. ... She was hovering at 40 percent."
Henson's brother, John, is a junior on North Carolina's men's basketball team.