Duke basketball freshman returns to practice two weeks after announced surgery

The Blue Devil rookie is eager to return to the floor and recover quickly. Missing the first two weeks of summer workouts as a freshman could be challenging, but Duke basketball rookie Darren Harris is doing everything he can to get back on the court as soon as possible.

The Blue Devils announced that the 4-star freshman, ranked No. 39 in the Class of 2024 by the 247Sports Composite rankings, underwent surgery on his non-shooting hand after suffering a fracture over the summer. The procedure took place on June 21, just days before the rest of the team began its offseason workouts, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Although a specific timeline for Harris’ return to the court hasn’t been provided, he was seen two weeks later dressed with his teammates and participating in ball-handling drills with his dominant right hand.

He was wearing a brace on his left hand while participating in the drills.

Named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia, Darren Harris averaged 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game during his senior season, leading Paul VI (Va.) to the GEICO Nationals, where they ultimately fell to Montverde Academy (Fla.) in the title game.

Despite his injury, Duke has posted photos of Harris going through conditioning drills. While there haven’t been any pictures or videos of the sharpshooter taking shots, his swift recovery could have him joining the rest of the Blue Devil guards on the floor very soon.

Harris was the first player to commit to the Blue Devils in their top-ranked recruiting class, which now includes two of the top five players in the country, Cooper Flagg and Khaman Maluach.

Flagg (USA) and Maluach (South Sudan) are both participating in Olympic basketball training camps. Flagg is a member of the American Select Team, while Maluach will play a key role on the Sudanese roster in Paris.

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