A once promising career has come to a sudden end for Duke Blue Devils small forward Rasheed Sulaimon.
The highly touted recruit was dismissed from the team Thursday following an unspecified violation of team rules. Head coach Mike Krzysewski made the decision just 24 hours after the team’s 77-73 loss to Notre Dame, and it became quickly apparent Sulaimon had fallen out of Coach K’s good graces.
“Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program,” Krzyzewski said, per Adam Rowe of 247Sports. “It is a privilege to represent Duke University, and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program.”
Sulaimon was a fixture in the Blue Devils rotation for much of his first two seasons, but saw his numbers suffer in the 2014-15 campaign. Despite being named to the Freshman All-ACC team, the Texas native is the first player in Krzysewski’s tenure to be dismissed from the program, and the Blue Devils are now left with only eight scholarship players.
Sulaimon will have the option to remain at the school, however, it is unclear if he will instead attempt to transfer and finish out his collegiate career elsewhere. If teams are able to give Sulaimon a second chance, there should be a large market for his services.
Meanwhile, Duke will look to rebound from their most recent setback and continue their quest for the program’s fifth National Championship. Losing Sulaimon’s 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game shouldn’t be too much to overcome for coach Krzyzewski, and fans should expect see the Blue Devils dancing late into March.
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