Duke basketball: Former player Amile Jefferson joins coaching staff

basketball duke officially announced on Tuesday that it has added former player Amile Jefferson to its coaching staff. Jefferson played for the Blue Devils from 2012 to 2017 and won a national championship there in 2015.

“I am deeply honored and thrilled to be here and part of this team that Jon Scheyer is building,” Jefferson said in a statement. “I feel a special bond and connection with Durham, our fans and our entire Duke family. Being here means the world to me. I want to express my gratitude to Coach K for the opportunity to start my coaching career last year, and I’m grateful to Jon for allowing me to continue.

Jefferson joined Duke as director of player development in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final year there and now joins his replacement in Scheyer on the sidelines as an assistant.

As a player, Jefferson played in a record 150 game program for Duke and averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a forward. He was not drafted in 2017 but had several stints in the G League and the NBA. He made his NBA debut in 2018 with the Magic but was eventually waived again.

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He ended his professional career with Galatasaray SK of the Turkish Basketball Super League before returning to the United States and the Blue Devils coaching staff.

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