Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Friday updated Jones’ status for Saturday’s game, saying he “has really progressed well.”
Jones had been out indefinitely since separating his AC joint in a collision with Syracuse’s Frank Howard early in an overtime loss to the Orange on Jan. 14. In that kind of injury, the collar bone separates from the shoulder blade.
🚨 UPDATE FROM COACH K 🚨
“Tre is probable for this game… He has really progressed well and hopefully he will be ready to go on Saturday.”
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) January 25, 2019
While Krzyzewski initially worried his point guard would be out “for a while,” further testing indicated the injury was not as severe as feared.
Jones’ on-the-ball pressure has been a major reason for the Blue Devils’ play on defense . He has had five games with three steals apiece, and six in a victory over Texas Tech.
Duke went 2-0 without him, beating then-No. 2 Virginia at home and Pittsburgh on the road, but averaged just seven steals and 10.5 assists in those games. The Blue Devils average 17.5 assists and a league-best 10.4 steals.
He also leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in both assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, with both numbers at 5.69.