Duke point guard Tre Jones left tonight’s 95-91 overtime loss to Syracuse after injuring his shoulder diving for a loose ball. Mike Krzyzewski offered an injury update postgame on his freshman star.
According to Coach K, Jones did not break anything, but he did suffer a sprained shoulder. That doesn’t seem like good news for a team that will welcome No. 4 Virginia to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
No official timetable was given for Jones, but Krzyzewski anticipates he will be out “a while.”
More K on Tre Jones: "He'll be out for awhile, I think."
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K on Tre Jones: “He was in a lot of pain. And he’s the toughest kid and right away, he said he thought his collarbone was broken.” X-rays showed nothing is broken but it is sprained. K says recovery time is uncertain.
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Jones is not as heralded as freshman classmates R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson, but he is the catalyst for the Blue Devils, who entered tonight’s game ranked No. 1 in the country.
Jones came into this game averaging 8.5 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds per contest. He was also averaging 1.9 steals per game and had four in six minutes tonight before getting hurt.
Duke also played without freshman wing Cam Reddish, who missed the game with an illness.
With Jones out, Barrett will need to play more of a point guard role, which takes an element away from Duke’s offense. Also, Jones’ ability to pressure the ball keyed Duke’s halfcourt defense, and will be a huge loss.