John Hart Out 12-16 Weeks After Surgery


The Boiling Point: Purdue guard John Hart will miss at least three months after having foot surgery on Friday.

Purdue rising junior guard John Hart underwent surgery on Friday to repair a fracture in his right foot. His estimated recovery time is 12-16 weeks.

The surgery was performed by Dr. David Porter at Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.

“Injuries are a frustrating part of sports, but our main focus now is making sure John gets healthy,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “We’re going to give him all the support he needs as he works to get back on the floor.”

Hampered by foot injuries in 2010-11, Hart played in 20 games, averaging 3.8 points per contest and shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. He scored in double figures four times on the campaign.

The Beech Grove, Ind., native has played in 44-career games for the Boilermakers, averaging 3.0 points in 10.2 minutes per outing.

“It’s frustrating to have to go through this once again, but it helps that I have time to rehab before the season starts,” Hart said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to coming back 100 percent healthy and helping the team win this season.”

Purdue will take the floor against Northern State on Nov. 1 in the first of its two exhibition games. The Boilermakers will open regular-season play against Northern Illinois on Nov. 11 as part of Mackey Celebration Weekend.