No. 8 Duke won their first game with Jeff Capel as the interim head coach, but at what cost?
Amile Jefferson, Duke’s starting power forward and a guy that has been playing at an all-american level through the first two months of the season, injured his right foot midway through the first half. He limped to the bench after the injury and didn’t return to the floor. After the game, Capel confirmed that Jefferson injured the foot but said that the team would not know the extent of the injury until they have a chance to run some tests.
Last season, Jefferson’s season was ended nine games in when he fractured his right foot. That injury occurred in Dec. 2015.
Duke has already dealt with a myriad of injuries this season. Jayson Tatum, Marques Bolden and and Harry Giles all missed a number of games at the start of the year due to injuries, while Grayson Allen battled a toe problem for the first six weeks of the season.
Jefferson is averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 boards this season.