Duke’s Jalen Johnson opts out

Duke freshman Jalen Johnson has left the team after getting only eight minutes of playing time at North Carolina St.

Duke freshman forward Jalen Johnson has opted out of the rest of the season. In other words, he has quit on his teammates with only three weeks left in the season.

Jacob Polacheck of ZAGSBLOG was the first to report the news. Duke confirmed the development via its twitter account with quotes from both Johnson and Mike Krzyzewski.

Johnson has started in eight of the 13 games he’s played in for the Blue Devils, who are 8-8 straight up and 4-12 against the spread. The 6-foot-9 Milwaukee product was averaging 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game.

Johnson played only eight minutes in Saturday’s 69-53 win at North Carolina St. He was not in Duke’s starting lineup for the third straight game in Raleigh.

Johnson attended three different high schools in the span of three years, so this shouldn’t come as much of a shock.

In the latest mock at NBADraft.net, Johnson is listed as the No. 21 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Some other mocks have him going higher, but this latest bit of news certainly won’t help his stock.

Although Duke has enough games left to play itself back into the NCAA Tournament’s at-large conversation, it is clearly on the outside looking in at this point. The Blue Devils haven’t missed the NCAA Tournament since 1995.

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