Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role
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Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

Blue Devils' forward returns from injury to a deeper and talented roster

Photo: Amile Jefferson

A year ago Duke’s thin roster needed Amile Jefferson as a vital piece. Jefferson and 7-footer Marshall Plumlee were the only reliable post players in a three-wing offense.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder responded quickly — averaging a double-double, 10.5 points and 10.3 rebounds – but it turned out to be only a nine-game season. He never returned from two broken bones in his foot that took longer to heal than the original 6-to-8 week diagnosis. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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