The Duke Blue Devils will be without freshman guard Cassius Stanley for at least the month of December. The team announced that the former four-star recruit would be out until at least after Christmas. Stanley left the game against Winthrop with the leg injury and Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski called it “some type of muscular injury”.
Duke freshman Cassius Stanley will not return tonight against Winthrop due to a left knee injury, per release.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 30, 2019
The team initially thought the injury was too his left knee, but after the game thought otherwise. This is good news, but Cassius Stanley still faces recovery time depending on the injury. Stanley has been an explosive guard for the Blue Devils and already has his fair share of highlight-reel plays. Cassius Stanley is averaging 12.9 points per game on 50 percent shooting and 4.8 rebounds per game.
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Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils will have to find a replacement for Stanley’s production until he returns. The likely candidate is former five-star and sophomore forward Joey Baker. His career with Duke has been limited, so far with his redshirt being burnt last year for limited minutes. The forward hasn’t played a whole lot this season, but he’s shot well and is working into the rotation.
Stanley will be missing two big games and one minor one at least. Duke plays at Michigan State and their first ACC opponent at Virginia Tech on the third and sixth respectively. The team also has a home against Wofford on the 19th. Duke is likely hoping that the guard can return on the 28th at home against Brown. The ACC season kicks off fully for Duke on the 31st at home against Boston College.