UNC Asheville senior center Kenny George had part of his right foot amputated, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.
The source said the amputation, which occurred three weeks ago, was the result of George's battle with MRSA, a and sometimes life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant staph infection.
The Asheville Citizen Times first reported the story on Friday.
In August, George returned to his Chicago home from Pete Newell's Big Man Camp in Las Vegas with an infection in his foot.
Doctors suggested George immediately see a specialist. He's been hospitalized in Iowa since then, the source said, enduring several surgeries and at one time battling for his life. He's expected to stay in the hospital for at least another month.
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact through openings in the skin.
Last month UNC Asheville said George would not play this semester because of a foot infection but did not release details.
Shiny and new at Cameron
The new Cameron Indoor Stadium scoreboard made the brightest debut during the annual Blue-White scrimmage Saturday, especially during a Hollywood-style video of the Duke basketball players touting, over and over gain, “Our court. Our house.”
Duke introduced freshmen Miles Plumlee, Elliott Williams, and Olek Czyz, a healthier Marty Pocius, bulkier versions of Kyle Singler and Lance Thomas, and a more mature version of Nolan Smith.
The White team won the first segment but the Blue team with seniors David McClure, Jordan Davidson, juniors Pocius and Brian Zoubek, sophomore Nolan Smith, and freshmen Plumlee and Czyz beat the probable starting unit in the second segment.
Here's a look at the proceedings:
The Blue Devils, 28-6 last season as a running, 3-point shooting team, are following that same script. In the first 15- minute go-round, the White team, led by captains Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer, with Singler and Smith, made 20 of 25 shots to outscore the Blue team 52-29.
But Smith appeared ready to push into the starting lineup after leading the team he played for, first White, then Blue, to victory. It was only Duke's second practice of the season but Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged Smith is making that kind of push with the way he's playing.
Singler is playing 20 pounds heavier at 235 but looked just as mobile while scoring 12 points including two 3-pointers in the first segment.
Blue Devil watchers probably should take more comfort in seeing how capable Plumlee looked on the court. Physically and skill-wise, Plumlee looked ready to contribute inside.
Krzyzewski praised the Blue squad that played the second segment.
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