Seeing Amile Jefferson go down Saturday was heartbreaking and Duke fans everywhere hope he’ll be okay.
He brings so much to the table - defense, rebounding and leadership.
He’s been superb all year. We hate to see him miss any time.
That’s a possibility though. Fortunately Duke has an outstanding understudy in Harry Giles.
He’s just now getting up to speed after recovering from his knee injury, but he seems to be doing so quickly. And Duke has talented players behind him in Marques Bolden, who was significantly slowed by his own injury, and Chase Jeter, who was so solid early when Duke’s string of injuries began.
No one can bring what Jefferson does on a daily basis, whether it’s practice or a game.
Yet no one on Duke’s team has the extraordinary talent that Giles has. He’s already become a potent rebounder - in the last three games he’s grabbed 25 in 54 minutes - and his scoring is starting to come along as he shakes off the rust.
We’ll give Jefferson the last word on Giles. Here’s what he said after the Georgia Tech win: “That’s the Harry everyone knows. He’s only getting better. He’s getting more comfortable, you can see it game after game after game after game. He’s not even [close to] where he’s going to be the next three games from now.”
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