The Duke Blue Devils suffered a big loss in December when forward Amile Jefferson went down with a broken foot. He has not seen the floor since the injury and it doesn’t look like he will be back anytime soon.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke with reporters following the team’s win over Wake Forest Tuesday night. He said that they have a big decision to make on whether they should allow Jefferson to return to the court before he is fully healed.
“We’ve got to make a decision here, quickly,” Krzyzewski said. “He cannot run fluidly. … He can’t push off on that thing. Laterally, he goes pretty good. And that’s just not in a game, so you’re worried about that.”
Having one of your star players not being able to run at full speed is never a good thing. Jefferson was averaging nearly a double-double before the injury, but it looks like the senior’s collegiate career has come to a sad end.
The Blue Devils would love to have Jefferson back out on the court as they push to help their standing in the NCAA Tournament. However, they certainly don’t want to push him too far and risk even further injury.
Duke wraps up its regular season on Saturday when they host rival North Carolina and then they have the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. It looks like they will have to compete for their second consecutive national championship without one of their biggest leaders.
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