Monday, December 14, 2009

Duke's Dawkins returning; Singler questionable

Freshman guard Andre Dawkins will return to Duke's lineup for Tuesday's 7 p.m. game with Gardner-Webb at Cameron Indoor Stadium, team spokesman Matt Plizga said Monday.

Dawkins left the team for about a week after his sister, 21-year-old Lacey Dawkins, was killed in a car wreck in West Virginia while attempting to travel to Duke's Dec. 5 game with St. John's.

Some other Duke players are battling injuries despite having 10 days between games. Junior forward Kyle Singler, who is averaging 17.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, is questionable for the game because of an ankle injury.

Guard Nolan Smith still is bothered by a knee injury suffered Dec. 2 at Wisconsin, and Center Brian Zoubek suffered a bruised hip and back during practice Sunday. Smith and Zoubek are expected to play despite their injuries.

Ken Tysiac