McCallie: Duke's Greenwell to redshirt

Jan. 20, 2014 @ 11:38 PM

No. 3 Duke is down two backcourt players but it won’t be getting any help from freshman Rebecca Greenwell this season.

Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie said Monday night that, as had been the plan, Greenwell will redshirt this season.

Given freshman guard Kianna Holland’s transfer to Ohio State at the semester break and senior guard Chelsea Gray suffering a season-ending broken right kneecap on Jan. 12, the Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 in ACC) could use additional help the backcourt.

But McCallie said there simply isn’t enough time left in the season to burn an entire year of eligibility for Greenwell, who had two knee surgeries in 2013. Her ACL was reconstructed for the second time in April in Kentucky and a procedure to repair a slow-healing meniscus was completed at Duke in July,

The 6-1 Greenwell, from Owensboro, Ky., was rated among the top-10 players in the country last season by various recruiting services. She played in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American game, but re-injured the same knee that she suffered a torn ACL in two years earlier.

Despite being less than 100 percent due to her gimpy knee last season as a senior at Owensboro Catholic, she averaged 23.1 points per game. Greenwell made 17 3-pointers in a single game to set a national high school record.

McCallie did say that Greenwell is able to participate in practice and she expects Greenwell to be a solid contributor beginning next season.