Duke basketball: Key players missing from practice video

Duke basketball guard Jeremy Roach and forward Kyle Filipowski (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball guard Jeremy Roach and forward Kyle Filipowski (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball program officially has started summer workouts. 

The Duke basketball players have been on campus and working out for over a week but the social media team finally gave fans their introduction to the squad with some footage of the workouts.

However, there were two major presences missing from the video released this week; Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach.

It’s no secret that the two haven’t been fully cleared to take the floor as Filipowski underwent double hip arthroscopic surgery following the season and Roach was seen in late May at the K Academy in a walking boot, but the program never revealed a specific injury for the captain.

Roach was kept out of the lineup during portions of last season due to a toe injury.


Kyle Filipowski announced his return to the program, without testing the NBA Draft waters, following a season in which he was the ACC Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-ACC, and Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament.

The 7-footer averaged 15.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 44.1-percent from the field.

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Many expected Filipowski to be a first round pick should he have declared for the NBA Draft but could elevate his stock to a Top-10 pick with another productive season.

Mark Mitchell and Tyrese Proctor also announced returns for their sophomore seasons.

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Jeremy Roach did declare for the NBA Draft following his junior campaign but after not receiving an invitation to the NBA Combine or the G-League Combine he opted to return to the program for another season.

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Roach experienced his best statistical season as a junior with 13.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per contest on 42.6-percent shooting from the floor and 34.3-percent from 3-point range.

The senior, along with Proctor, will take talented freshmen guards Caleb Foster and Jared McCain under their tutelage to create one of the most potent backcourts in the country.

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