The Duke Blue Devils certainly look to be one of the strongest teams heading into the 2016-17 season between a top recruiting class and a number of returning veterans. One returning starter that seems to be ready to take the court is forward Amile Jefferson.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski wants Jefferson to play a big role in their team this year after missing most of the season with a broken foot. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Krzyzewski wants their big man to play a Draymond Green-type role for the Blue Devils.
Coach K told @CBSSports that Amile Jefferson needs to be Duke's Draymond Green next season. Averaged 11.4 and 10.4 last year before injury.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 21, 2016
Green’s role with the Golden State Warriors is to step up and run the offense from the power forward position in the absence of defending MVP Steph Curry. Green got that chance in the first and second round of the NBA Playoffs when Curry went down with a sprained knee.
If Amile Jefferson is able to step up and play a role like Green’s for the Blue Devils this year, it could take some pressure off of Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, and Jayson Tatum.
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