Josh Hairston is doubtful for the N.C. State game due to an infection in his right arm. Credit: STEVE CANNON/AP
Duke reserve forward Josh Hairston, who has an infection in his right arm, is "doubtful" for Thursday's game against N.C. State, the school said Wednesday. Hairston cut his arm against Jan. 30 at Wake Forest and was able to play last Saturday at Florida State, but the infection became problematic in the past few days. His arm is currently in a sling.
Hairston has averaged 15.4 minutes per game through Duke's ACC slate, and he averages 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in that same span. It's his minutes that will be most missed, as Duke's frontcourt depth was already thin due to Ryan Kelly's right foot injury. Amile Jefferson has developed nicely since the Jan. 12 loss at N.C. State, but, should he get into foul trouble, Duke doesn't have another proven option.