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Nov. 7, 1997

Thomas Kelley to Miss 8-10 Weeks

Foot Injury WIll Keep Cager Out

EAST LANSING, Mich.--Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo has announced that senior guard Thomas Kelley (Grand Rapids) will miss the next eight to ten weeks of action after suffering a fracture of a bone in his left foot yesterday afternoon at practice.

Kelley, 6-foot-2, was a projected starter in the MSU backcourt. Last season, Kelley saw action in all 29 Spartan contests, six as a starter, and averaged 8.1 points and 2.1 assists per contest. He scored in double figures in 11 outings and recorded a career-high 27 points at Evansville. In the Spartans' opening exhibition game of the season this past Tuesday (Nov. 4) he tallied a team high 18 points in an 86-73 exhibition win over Athletes in Action.

"Obviously, losing a player like Thomas Kelley, who has a great deal of experience, is a huge loss for us," said Izzo. "He can do so many things for us in the style we want to play. He gives us great athletic ability on the fast break as well as on the defensive end of the floor. While we have good depth at the guard position, we really don't have another type of player like Thomas.

"While this hurts us, we will now need and look for some of our other players, both veterans and newcomers alike, to step up and take up some of the slack left by his absence. We have a solid group of players and this could allow for one or a group of them to emerge."

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