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Duke will sit three freshmen during exhibition for academic reasons

Grand Canyon v Duke

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 12: Coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during the game against the Grand CAnyon Antelopes at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Duke will be without three freshmen for its final exhibition game as the trio will sit out for academic reasons.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski told Duke play-by-play guy David Shumate on Saturday that Trevon Duval, Jordan Goldwire and Alex O’Connell will all sit out the exhibition game against Bowie State.

Duval had already previously been suspended for the game on Friday for violating team standards. Now that Coach K has admitted that this is related to academics, it clears up any potential misconceptions about Duval’s suspension.

Without Duval and Goldwire available to play point guard on Saturday, it’ll be interesting to see what Duke decides to do in terms of the ball-handling responsibilities. Senior Grayson Allen will likely see a healthy amount of minutes at point but who will Duke turn to with two of their other options sitting this one out?