The Duke Blue Devils may be the nation’s No. 1 team, but they are taking some big losses on the injury front before the season even opens.
The school announced Monday that freshman center Marques Bolden suffered a lower leg injury that will sideline him for an unknown amount of time. Bolden picked Duke over the Kentucky Wildcats this year after a long recruiting battle, and he was expected to open as the starting center for Duke this season.
The school also says that Bolden “will be reevaluated after this weekend,” which seems to indicate he will miss the school’s first two games vs Marist and Grand Canyon, not to mention being up in the air for next Tuesday’s clash with Kansas.
Bolden dressed but did not play in Saturday’s exhibition game vs Augustana, so it looks like this injury may be something he has been dealing with. Bolden was seen walking around campus on crutches Monday morning, according to The Chronicle.
The good news for Duke is head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced after Saturday’s game that Tatum would be back in action for this Friday's season opener against Marist, but it looks like Bolden will miss at least this weekend's two back-to-back games.
Freshman forward Harry Giles is still recovering from a knee procedure that will sideline him for the start of the regular season. You hate seeing injuries happen to any school, so hopefully Bolden and the rest of the injured Blue Devils will be back on the court soon enough.