Before the season began, many speculated that Milwaukee native Duane Wilson would buck the anti-freshman trend in Buzz Williams' program and compete for playing time with junior point guard Derrick Wilson. On Friday, that possibility was squashed for good, when Marquette announced Duane would redshirt while continuing to rehab a stress fracture in his left leg.
"After thorough conversations with Duane and his family, we have decided it's best for his career that he redshirt this year," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said.
Duane's playing time potential took a serious hit at Marquette media day, when Williams praised Derrick for his impressive leadership during practice. A few weeks later, Duane's injury came to light. He was expected to miss about six weeks, and his timeline set him up for a possible return around Christmas.
Duane had just returned to practice recently, and Marquette's statement indicated his participation had been limited. He will practice with the team going forward, but will commit all of his efforts to rehabilitation instead of trying to get back on the court as soon as possible.
As a star at Dominican High School in Milwaukee, he lead his team to a state championship in 2012-13.