10/26 13:56 CDT The Latest: Duke says freshman Jayson Tatum has foot sprain
The Latest: Duke says freshman Jayson Tatum has foot sprain
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --- The Latest from Atlantic Coast Conference men's
basketball media day on Wednesday (all times local):
Duke says freshman Jayson Tatum will miss the Blue Devils' two exhibition games
with a sprained left foot.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the extent of Tatum's injury Wednesday, one day
after he was hurt during practice.
The school says the anticipated recovery time is two weeks and Krzyzewski said
it was "the best possible news" because it's "a manageable injury that will not
impact Jayson long-term."
Tatum will not play in exhibition games against Virginia State on Friday night
or Augustana on Nov. 4.
Tatum is a 6-foot-8 forward and key member of a six-man freshman class that has
the Blue Devils voted No. 1 in the coaches' preseason Top 25. The Associated
Press poll will be released Monday.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford won't rule out holding future neutral-site
championship events in the state of North Carolina, assuming things change with
a law limiting protections for LGBT people.
The ACC last month followed the NCAA's lead in removing 10 events --- including
the football championship game and the women's basketball tournament --- from
the state for the 2016-17 sports year. That came in response to a law signed
earlier this year restricting the rights of LGBT people.
Speaking during his annual commissioner's forum, Swofford said "the door is
open if things change for us to come back" in future years. Swofford also said
the league heard "a lot of support, a lot of disappointment" from fans after
pulling the events.
Duke forward Amile Jefferson is glad he's healthy --- and that the frustrations
of last season are behind him.
The 6-foot-9 forward recalled how it bothered him to sit out with a foot injury
that cost him all but nine non-conference games in 2015-16. He often saw
himself as a missing piece that could've helped the Blue Devils defend better
or be a stronger rebounding team in a game. Duke went 25-11 last season,
finishing fifth in the ACC.
Now Jefferson is ready to pick up where he left off in 2014-15 in helping Duke
to the national championship.
"My body's been healthy for months now," he said. "I'm back in the swing of
Jefferson will be a critical voice on a team with seven freshmen, including
highly regarded newcomers like Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum.
Pitt forward Sheldon Jeter believes it is an athlete's responsibility to speak
up when there's an issue they care about and he has considered following San
Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead in demonstrating during the
Jeter said Wednesday at the ACC men's basketball media day that he has talked
with teammates about the entire team participating in a gesture. Jeter said if
it's just one person, people can incorrectly classify the action as
attention-grabbing and miss the reason behind the demonstration.
The senior forward said he would seek approval from coach Kevin Stallings
before taking any action.
In August, Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem. He cited racial
injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes
from various sports and levels --- from youth teams to professional ranks ---
have followed his lead in various ways.
Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell says the players are not concerned about the
NCAA investigation of the sex scandal at the school and will use it and last
year's postseason ban as motivation to achieve big things this season.
The NCAA last week said the program committed four major violations and the
governing body criticized coach Rick Pitino for failing to monitor former
Cardinals staffer Andre McGee, whom the NCAA says provided improper benefits to
recruits and players by hiring escorts and strippers.
Mitchell said Wednesday at the ACC's men's basketball media day in Charlotte
that it hurt watching other teams and players he knew play in the NCAA
Tournament while Louisville, which went 23-8 and finished fourth in the ACC,