The anticipated recovery time for this injury is two weeks. Tatum will not play in Duke’s exhibition games against Virginia State on Oct. 28 and Augustana on Nov. 4.
“This is the best possible news,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “It is a manageable injury that will not impact Jayson long-term. We look forward to having him back very soon.”
Duke opens the regular season when it hosts Marist on Nov. 11 as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
While all of the Blue Devil Nation holds it's breath for new on star freshman forward Jayson Tatum's injury, there is some good news.
According to Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Harry Giles Jr. is coming along ahead of schedule. Like Tatum, Giles is part of a stellar Blue Devils recruiting class that had helped make Duke the pre season's top rated team.
Krzyzewski appeared on ESPN Sports Center early this morning during the annual ACC Media Day in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“In Harry’s case, he had his knee scoped about three weeks ago, I think on Oct. 4,” Coach K said. “There was nothing structurally wrong with his knee. It wasn’t the knee that had the ACL, it was the one that he had a couple of years ago. He’s actually doing great. We feel very, very encouraged about him coming and playing, '' said Krzyzewski.
Meanwhile, the news on Tatum is wait and see. Second opinions are being gathered and there will be a clearer picture at a later time.
“With Jayson, we’re not sure,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stated Wednesday on SportsCenter. “It’s not nearly the injury that Harry has had. That’s still in an evaluation period. We’ll find out more today and hopefully it’s something minor.”
Tatum was injured yesterday during the Duke NBA Pro Day.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Duke graduate student Amile Jefferson was named one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award on Thursday in announcement by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The award is in its third year recognizing the top power forward in Division I men’s college basketball.
Jefferson has played in 115 games in a Duke uniform, making 68 starts and helping the Blue Devils capture the 2015 NCAA title.
The Philadelphia native started the first nine games of the 2015-16 season, averaging 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting .683 from the floor. After fracturing his right foot in December, he missed the final 27 games of the campaign.
Jefferson is one of the best offensive rebounders in Duke history and enters his final collegiate season ranked sixth on the program’s career chart with 277 offensive boards. He also has a career .624 field goal percentage, second-best in program history among players who have made at least 200 field goals.
In addition to his on-court exploits, Jefferson is the first player in program history to be named to the All-ACC Academic Team four times.
The Malone Award committee will narrow its watch list to 10 players by mid-February and a list of five finalists will be announced in March. The winner of the 2017 Karl Malone Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7.
For more information on the Karl Malone Award, visit hoophallawards.com.
2017 Karl Malone Award Candidates
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Ivan Rabb, California
Amile Jefferson, Duke
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Yante Maten, Georgia
Carlton Bragg Jr., Kansas
Robert Carter, Maryland
Dedric Lawson, Memphis
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Isaiah Hicks, North Carolina
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Michael Young, Pittsburgh
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
TJ Leaf, UCLA
Bennie Boatwright, Southern California
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Kris Jenkins, Villanova
Austin Nichols, Virginia
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Duke freshman Jayson Tatum was named one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award on Wednesday in announcement by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The award is in its third year recognizing the top player in Division I men’s college basketball at the position played by Erving, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Tatum is the lone freshman on this year’s watch list.
Tatum was named both Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year and Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the Year in 2016 after averaging 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Chaminade Prep to the Missouri Class 5A state title. He was a first-team USA Today All-USA and Naismith Trophy All-America selection in 2016, as well as a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic participant.
The St. Louis native owns three gold medals as a member of the USA Basketball program: the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. In 19 games for his country, Tatum has posted averages of 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.
The Erving Award committee will narrow its watch list to 10 players by mid-February and a list of five finalists will be announced in March. The winner of the 2017 Julius Erving Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7.
For more information on the Julius Erving Award, visit hoophallawards.com.
2017 Julius Erving Award Candidates
Evan Bradds, Belmont
Kelan Martin, Butler
Jarron Blossomgame, Clemson
Terry Larrier, Connecticut
Jayson Tatum, Duke
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
OG Anunoby, Indiana
Deng Adel, Louisville
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
VJ Beachem, Notre Dame
Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
Tres Tinkle, Oregon State
Vince Edwards, Purdue
Dikembe Dixson, Illinois-Chicago
Kevin Hervey, UT Arlington
Jalen Moore, Utah State
Josh Hart, Villanova
Markis McDuffie, Wichita State
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
DURHAM, N.C. – The 2016-17 Duke men’s basketball team will get its first taste of game action on Saturday when the program hosts Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines features a night of entertainment, games, engaging videos and on-court contests all leading up to the introduction of the 2016-17 Blue Devils, the unveiling of this season’s team poster and the annual Blue-White Scrimmage.
The festivities begin in Krzyzewskiville, adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium, where fans can enjoy various activities, music and games. Doors to Cameron open at 6 p.m. ET for students and 6:15 p.m. ET for the general public.
The Blue-White Scrimmage is set to tip off at approximately 8:25 p.m. ET.
A limited number of tickets to Countdown for Craziness remain available and can be purchased in person at the Duke Athletic Ticket Office in the Scott Family Athletics Performance Center, online at GoDuke.com or over the phone by calling (919) 681-BLUE.
Fans who are unable to attend Countdown to Craziness have the opportunity to view the action live via ACC Network Extra as Ryan Craig and Chris Spatola provide commentary and analysis. ACC Network Extra is an Atlantic Coast Conference-dedicated live-events digital network available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
On the heels of a 25-win season and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, Duke welcomes back a veteran core led by graduate student Amile Jefferson, senior Matt Jones and junior All-American Grayson Allen for the 2016-17 campaign. The three veteran leaders were named captains for the 2016-17 season during the summer.
The Blue Devils also add one of the nation’s most heralded recruiting classes to the fold, a group of six headlined by center Marques Bolden, forward Harry Giles, guard Frank Jackson and forward Jayson Tatum.
Mike Krzyzewski is set for his 42nd season as a head coach and 37th at the helm of the Duke program after leading the U.S. Men’s National Team to its third consecutive gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Coach K wrapped up his tenure as the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach with an 88-1 record, including an active 76-game winning streak. He is the first coach – man or woman – to lead a country to three Olympic basketball gold medals.
The winningest coach in men’s college basketball history and the first Division I men’s coach to reach the 1,000-win mark, Coach K has a 1,043-321 overall record as a head coach and a 970-262 mark at Duke.
Duke will open the 2016-17 regular season when it welcomes Marist to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, Nov. 11. Prior to the start of the regular season, Duke will host exhibition games against Virginia State on Oct. 28 and Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 4.
Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines Schedule of Events (subject to change)
6 p.m. – Doors open for students
6:15 p.m. – Doors open for general public
7:55 p.m. – National anthem
8 p.m. – Introduction of the 2016-17 Blue Devils
8:25 p.m. – Blue-White Scrimmage