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Duke freshman Marques Bolden out for first two games with leg injury

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Duke’s mounting injury problems—specifically among freshmen—has reared its ugly head yet again.

According to multiple reports, five-star freshman big man Marques Bolden will have to sit out the Blue Devils’ opening season games against Marist on Friday and Grand Canyon on Saturday due to a lower-leg injury.

Duke Basketball’s Twitter account had this to tweet on Monday.

Bolden is the third Duke freshman to suffer an injury, as Jayson Tatum (sprained foot) and Harry Giles (who suffered a setback in his rehab from a torn ACL and underwent a left knee arthroscopy in October) have spent time on the sidelines in the preseason.

Bolden, a 6’11”, 250-pound center from DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto High School) came to Duke as one of the more decorated recruits in the 2016 class. He was rated as a five-star prospect in the 2016 class according to 247Sports. The site ranked him as the No. 15 overall recruit in the class and the best center in the country.

The hope is that Duke can take care of Marist and Grand Canyon this weekend and then have Bolden healthy for the Blue Devil’s anticipated clash with Kansas next Tuesday in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Giles has already been ruled out for Friday. Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski is hopeful that Tatum can play on Friday.

In Bolden’s absence, look for senior Amile Jefferson—who missed most of last season with his own injury—to pick up most of the slack in the frontcourt. Sophomore Chase Jeter, freshman Javin DeLaurier and junior Sean Obi can be in line for more playing time as well.

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