Amile Jefferson sat on Duke’s bench without a walking boot on his broken right foot during Duke’s 88-78 win at N.C. State Saturday.
“He's finally out of the boot,” Mike Krzyzewski said. “What he is to do is start trying to walk to right way. He has a shank, and he'll have some stuff in his shoe, but we're trying to get him now to walk properly. And then he is doing stuff in the pool. But there is still no timetable. Now, the bone has healed pretty well. But he's not there.
“I still think it's a while, but it is good to see him not in a damn boot or on crutches. And for him, too. He's dying, really. He wants to play so badly.”
It’s hard to imagine it will take Jefferson fewer than two weeks to get back up to game speed. That would put his earliest return at Feb. 6 for Duke’s game against N.C. State in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Jefferson has been out since breaking his foot in practice while diving after a loose ball in mid-December. Duke is 7-4 without him with its best win at N.C. State (11-9, 1-6 ACC).