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Amile Jefferson Returns To Duke

And how that may work out

ACC Basketball Tournament - Championship
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Amile Jefferson #21 and Harry Giles #1 of the Duke Blue Devils react near the end of their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the ACC Basketball Tournament Championship game at Barclays Center on March 11, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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One of the best Duke-related stories lately is the return of Amile Jefferson.

He came to Duke as a promising, well-regarded recruit, and immediately irritated State fans after picking the Blue Devils over the Wolfpack.

As a freshman, he got more time than he was ready for because of injuries to others, but later in his career, he emerged as a sturdy and reliable player. In 2015, he was willing to come off the bench for freshman Justise Winslow, and that unselfishness was a major key for that team’s title run. And as a redshirt senior, he had become a very good player.

So when Coach Mike Krzyzewski brought him back, it was because he still had a lot to offer. He’s working this year as Director of Player Development but may be promoted to assistant next year when Jon Scheyer takes over.

No matter how you cut it though, he’s a huge asset for Duke Basketball. Here’s a piece from the Charlotte Observer, via, about his return and what it implies. Good things, in short. Good things.