Friday , Nov , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Duquesne’s Achara out with stress fractures

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Duquesne University announced that junior
forward/center Kieron Achara has been diagnosed with stress fractures in his
left foot and will be out indefinitely.

Achara’s foot will remain immobilized for two weeks and will then be
reevaluated at the end of the two-week period.

“We were hoping it was just a sprain in his foot, but an MRI he had late
yesterday showed three stress fractures,” Duquesne coach Ron Everhart said.
“Kieron is a great kid with a great work ethic. It is unfortunate because he
worked so hard this summer. He lost 34 pounds and was in the best shape of his
life, I do know this, Kieron is a tough-minded young man who will work very
hard at rehabilitating his foot.”

Achara, a preseason second team All-Atlantic 10 selection last year, missed
the latter part of the 2005-06 season with a torn labrum in his left
shoulder. He hurt the shoulder while blocking a shot in a preseason scrimmage
against Cleveland State on November 12.

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Achara entered last season ranked third on
Duquesne’s career field goal list at 54.5 percent, but could manage just 5-
of-22 from the field in three games while trying to play through the pain.