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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has tried to stroll again feedback that appeared important of Duke freshman Jalen Johnson, who elected to forgo the Blue Devils’ remaining six regular-season video games and as an alternative put together for the NBA draft.
Boeheim commented on Johnson’s determination throughout his weekly radio present Thursday, saying the previous five-star recruit was “hurting” his crew and that his absence really helped Duke to 2 wins. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and teammates have supported Johnson’s selections, main many to pan Boeheim’s feedback; ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, as an illustration, known as them “inappropriate.”
Following the backlash, Boeheim on Saturday tried to make clear his assertion: What he supposed by his feedback, Boeheim mentioned, was that Duke was merely taking part in its greatest ball all season within the game-and-a-half he watched after Johnson opted out.
“That is no dispersion, casting dispersion on Jalen Johnson,” Boeheim mentioned. I have never even seen Jalen Johnson play this yr, to be sincere. He is an incredible participant. In all probability be an ideal professional. I simply made the statement, my opinion, that I believed they performed higher with out him in these two video games. Jay Bilas mentioned I mentioned they’re a greater crew with out him, completely. I did not say that. I did not imply to say that.
“Simply in these two video games, recreation and a half, they had been a greater crew than I’ve seen this yr. Nothing in opposition to Jalen Johnson. Some folks have mentioned he should not have left faculty — I did not say that. Some folks have mentioned he is not excited about his crew — I did not say that. I do not even know Jalen Johnson, I actually have not seen him that a lot, I do not even know the way good he’s and Duke could possibly be higher if he was again. We’ll not know that as a result of he did not come again.”
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Under are Boeheim’s unique feedback on Johnson (by way of Syracuse.com).
“That guy was hurting them so they actually are much better now without him. He was just doing some things and keeping other people from playing that are good. They’ve had two monster wins since he’s opted out and they’re playing good basketball. They’ve got very good talent. You knew they were going to play out of this thing and now they’re playing well. Every game we play is a very difficult game, a great challenge and we look forward to it.”
No matter Boeheim’s intent, it is in all probability greatest follow to not touch upon different groups’ gamers, particularly in a way that could possibly be construed as destructive. This is not the primary time he has made these sorts of feedback, saying Georgetown guard James Akinjo — who left this system in 2019 — “would not go the ball to anyone.” Akinjo averaged 5.1 assists over 40 video games with the Hoyas.
Syracuse performs at Duke on Monday.