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Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is an NCAA coaching legend and someone whose opinion on basketball matters is always heard. And he has a strong opinion on Duke freshman Jalen Johnson’s decision to opt out of the season.
“That guy was hurting them so they actually are much better now without him,” Boeheim told reporters. “He was just doing some things and keeping other people from playing (who) are good. They’ve had two monster wins since he’s opted out.”
Duke has actually won only once once since Johnson opted out, but it was indeed a monster victory — beating Wake Forest, 84- 60 — in an otherwise lost season. Either way, it’s interesting that Boeheim would comment on another program’s former player. But as a dean in the world of college coaching, Boeheim always has the best interests of the game in mind.
And let’s face it, he’s not the only one to criticize Johnson. Duke is having one of its worst seasons in its celebrated history, and Johnson was a part of that. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 13 games.
It should be noted that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski cited a medical issue for the reason Johnson had opted out — and that’s something Boeheim and other critics of Johnson’s decision have failed to mention.
“While we are encouraged by what we are seeing medically, for Jalen’s future, we believe this decision is in his best interest,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “We are ultimately careful with every one of our players and will continue to support Jalen as he progresses toward his goal of playing professional basketball. He deserves to be fully healthy for the upcoming NBA draft.”
Johnson is considered a top-10 prospect for the 2021 NBA Draft, mostly in the Nos. 7-10 range.
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The nose picker is right on this one… whatever NBA massr who be draftin’ this stappin’ black buck will never get a lick of work outta him…
Coach K would have anus sex with a recruit if he thought he could sign him
Yes Coach K is the bottom.
i think the college athletic scholarship scam is coming to a head and fast … , so the pivot to actually paying star players may begin faster than we thought.
the ‘haves’ in the lockerroom will look a lot like Fast Times at Ridgemont High …
I can’t wait. They will wine my school is small and doesn’t have a chance
I hope it goes the other way. Just let the NBA draft straight out of high school. And, if the NBA were smart (and maybe they are, I don’t follow pro basketball), there would be no huge signing bonuses, etc. for the first two years.