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Coach K on Amile Jefferson: ‘He cannot run fluidly’

Amile Jefferson, Thomas Bryant

Amile Jefferson, Thomas Bryant


It is starting to seem increasingly more likely that Amile Jefferson will not be returning to play this season for Duke.

The senior big man that was averaging close to a double-double when he broke his foot is still not close to being ready to return to the floor for the Blue Devils.

“We’ve got to make a decision here, quickly,” Krzyzewski told reporters on Tuesday night, after Duke beat Wake Forest. “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.”

It’s not a secret that Duke’s lack of depth, lineup versatility and front court experience is the biggest hinderance to them making a deep run in March, and Jefferson provides all of those things. But it’s looking increasingly more likely that the Blue Devils will not bring him back. Since Jefferson has played less than 30 percent of the team’s games, they will be able to apply for a medical redshirt to get him another season of eligibility.