Duke announced Saturday afternoon that Amile Jefferson will not return this season.
The Blue Devils intend to seek a medical redshirt on his behalf that will allow him to return next season.
Jefferson, who broke a bone in his right foot, is eligible for a medical redshirt since he played in less than 30 percent of Duke’s games. He averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in the first nine games. The Blue Devils are guaranteed to play at least 33 games this season, counting their opening games of the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
If Jefferson returns, Duke would have 14 scholarship players next season, if Brandon Ingram leaves for the NBA draft.
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There will be five freshmen (Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson, Javin DeLaurier and Jack White), one redshirt freshman (Justin Robinson), four sophomores (Luke Kennard, Derryck Thornton, Chase Jeter, Antonio Vrankovic), one junior (Grayson Allen), one redshirt junior (Sean Obi), one senior (Matt Jones) and one redshirt senior ( Jefferson). The NCAA limit is 13.
Allen also could enter the NBA draft. Robinson, the son of NBA legend David Robinson, could go back to being a non-scholarship walk-on. And, of course, one or more players could opt to transfer.
The Blue Devils also are still pursing five-star center Marques Bolden for the incoming class.