Jim Boeheim blasts Duke’s Jalen Johnson after he opted out: ‘They actually are much better now without him’

Jim Boeheim blasts Duke’s Jalen Johnson after he opted out: ‘They actually are much better now without him’


Syracuse instructor Jim Boeheim provided a sharp review of Jalen Johnson after the Duke celebrity opted out of the routine period with 6 video games staying, stating Thursday in his regular radio reveal that the Blue Devils are not just better without him, yet “much better” without him.

“That guy was hurting them so they actually are much better now without him,” he stated throughSyracuse com. “He was just doing some things and keeping other people from playing that are good.”

Boeheim took place to include that Duke has actually had “two monster wins” because he opted out which the group is playing “good basketball,” though Duke has actually just played one video game because Johnson’s opt-out as well as its single win came versus a Wake Forest group that is 6-10 total as well as 3-10 in ACC play.

“They’ve got very good talent,” he stated. “You knew they were going to play out of this thing and now they’re playing well. Every game we play is a very difficult game, a great challenge and we look forward to it.”

Boeheim provided a comparable objection in 2015 when Georgetown standout James Akinjo got in the transfer site. Akinjo, after that the group’s racking up leader, later on moved toArizona

“They got rid of a guy that wouldn’t pass the ball to anybody and just shot it every time, and that’s why they’re good now,” Boeheim stated. “Patrick [Ewing] can’t say that but I can. He lost two games for them by himself.”

For as strong as well as around as Boeheim’s tackle the Johnson scenario is, nonetheless, it’s not an absolutely far-out position. Per information from Evan Miyakawa, that runs an university basketball progressed analytics website, Johnson is the only Duke gamer this period that has an adverse group performance margin on the period factoring in influence as well as performance in between violation as well as protection. Still, it’s most likely ahead of time to claim whether it’s mosting likely to assist or injure Duke in the future.

The Blue Devils faceNo 7 Virginia in the house on Saturday in what will certainly be their initial actual article-Johnson examination of the period.