It’s hard to imagine why he didn’t shape up. Did he lose sight of what giving up a Duke scholarship and playing on a premier basketball program is truly worth?
Duke actually loses an important piece in its run through ACC play and the NCAA Tournament. With the freshmen who are new to many of these experiences, the veterans are crucial.
We must not forget that Sulaimon started during much of his freshman season and he showed an invaluable penchant for winning close games. Now, though his minutes have been more limited, Sulaimon was becoming a go-to guy when a starter needed a breather or the team needed a kick start.
With the loss of Ojeleye, the Duke bench did not need the loss of another reliever.
I think that this loss may hurt Duke’s chances as the season progresses. Now, if starters pile up fouls or someone gets injured, it’s one less experienced guy who can step in and stabilize things–take up the slack.
Hopefully, Grayson Allen can somehow step up, but Coach K has given him precious few minutes so far.
Cross your fingers, Duke fans.
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