"Coming into the season, we didn't really know how Rodrigo's knee would respond," said Everhart. "He is an extremely tough kid who tried to play, but the swelling in the knee did not allow him to physically do that. I'm looking forward to a successful surgery and healthy recovery. Rodrigo is one of the hardest-working guys on the team and I'm confident he will come back from this injury and continue to be an important part of our program."
Peggau's surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Christopher Harner at UPMC South Side, has yet to be scheduled, but will most likely occur in either late-December or early-January. Recovery time is estimated at six to eight months.
Peggau played in four of the Dukes' first six games. He made his debut at Saint Francis, Pa. on Nov. 20 and scored five points in the final 19 seconds of the first half to spark the Dukes in an 83-72 win. He followed that with eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes of an 85-65 win over Furman.
Peggau was not in uniform for Duquesne's game at No. 3 (AP) Pitt on Wednesday.
For the season Peggau averaged 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. He shot .727 (8-of-11) from the field.
Duquesne will apply for a medical hardship waiver through the Atlantic 10 conference office at the conclusion of the season. If the waiver is granted, Peggau will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.