Devin Coleman Tears Achilles Tendon, Likely Out for Season

March 8, 2012; Atlanta, GA USA; Clemson Tigers guard Devin Coleman (15) shoots against Virginia Tech Hokies guard Erick Green (11) during the first half of the first round of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Clemson 2G Devin Coleman, who had just recovered from a hip/groin "hernia-like" injury recently, tore his achilles tendon in a conditioning drill yesterday at Littlejohn. He will require surgery and will need 6-8 months of recovery, which puts him out for the 2012-2013 basketball season.

This is a serious blow to the basketball team this year. We figured Coleman would be the top guy at the 2 and probably become the lead perimeter option for this squad. In a few games he also showed some dribble-drive flashes akin to Stitt, and he by all reports had a really good offseason, so we cannot downplay this loss. Thankfully, for him, he will be able to get the medical redshirt.

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Devin Coleman, a rising sophomore guard for the men's basketball team, tore his Achilles tendon during a conditioning drill and is expected to miss anywhere from six to eight months of action. Coleman averaged 6.8 points per game over Clemson's last eight contests, which included a team-high and season-best 15 points in the season finale against Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament. He appeared in 22 games as a freshman in 2011-12.

"It's been an unfortunate offseason for Devin," said Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell. "He had just come off a hip/groin injury. It's also tough because he finished last season on such a positive note, and had been shooting the ball very well this summer. We know Devin will attack his rehab with the right attitude, and we certainly wish him a speedy recovery.

"The other players at his position have to look at this as an opportunity to step up in his absence."

He'll probably be in a boot cast for several months, but the reconditioning to play 100% is tough for this injury. Long-term prognosis is excellent; this one just takes awhile to get completely healed up.

Clemson did get all signees from the class admitted, including Adonis Filer. However, the staff doesn't think Blossomgame is going to be able to go full speed for a while, so hoping for him to fill some of the scoring role may be wishful thinking.

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