Duke’s Amile Jefferson receives waiver, eligible for fifth year

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Duke announced on Friday that Amile Jefferson has received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA making him eligible for the 2016-17 season.

Jefferson will be a fifth-year senior. Last season, the 6-foot-9 forward broke his foot after nine games. The NCAA mandates that in order for a player to be eligible to receive that waiver, he must play in no more than 30 percent of a team’s games during the regular season. Nine games was the cut-off.

This ruling was more a formality than a surprise, but it is still big news for the Blue Devils. Jefferson is the perfect, veteran power forward to slide in next year’s lineup alongside Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles. Last season, Jefferson averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 boards.