Brian Zoubek, the 7-foot, 1-inch Duke sophomore who was the Inquirer South Jersey player of the year in 2006, had surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot and is expected to be sidelined for about eight weeks.

The former Haddonfield High School star fractured the fifth metatarsal during a pickup game on Monday night and had surgery in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday.

"He's doing extremely well," Paul Zoubek, Brian's father, said yesterday. "Of course, he wishes it didn't happen and he's not thrilled about the time away from the game. But he's a hard worker, and if it had to happen it's just as well it happened now. The surgery went very well."

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Zoubek should be ready for the opening of practice in October. With the departure of Josh McRoberts, who was taken in the NBA draft, Zoubek is expected to be the Blue Devils' starting center this season.

"It's a setback for Brian," Krzyzewski said. "He worked diligently this summer to add weight to his frame, and he did so successfully."

Zoubek led Haddonfield to three consecutive Group 2 state championships. He averaged 3.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 7.3 minutes of playing time during his freshman year at Duke.

- Ray Parrillo