According to various reports, Duke forward Amile Jefferson will be out indefinitely with a right foot injury. This is a significant blow to Duke’s already thin frontcourt. The school issued a statement Monday confirming it will be without the services of Jefferson for the foreseeable future.
Duke has announced that captain Amile Jefferson is out indefinitely with a right foot injury.
— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) December 14, 2015
Jefferson has given Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski major stability in the froutcourt, as he was good to go for a double-double on most night’s he took the floor. Marshall Plumlee, Sean Obi and star freshman Chase Jeter will be expected to pick up the slack in the post now.
“This injury is unfortunate, to say the least, but Amile is strong in both person and character,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement (h/t C.L. Brown of ESPN.com) “He will continue to be an integral part of this team, and we will support him fully as he rehabs this foot injury.”
Jefferson, a 6’9”, 225-pound senior power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is currently averaging 11.4 points and a team-best 10.3 rebounds per game, while shooting a very-healthy .683 percent from the field. On a team consisting of so many freshmen and sophomores, his senior leadership will be sorely missed.
Grayson Allen & Brandon Ingram more talented, but Duke can ill-afford to lose Amile Jefferson. Now Chase Jeter will have to play.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 14, 2015
In any event, the Blue Devils will have to try and regroup without Jefferson. They next take the court Tuesday when they host Georgia Southern.