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November 11, 2012

Dukan will use redshirt season

MADISON, Wis. - Junior forward Duje Dukan will redshirt the 2012-2013 season, according to a release from the Wisconsin Athletic Department. In a statement, Dukan said he is still recovering from the after effects of mononucleosis.

"I've decided to redshirt basically due to the lingering effects of having mono from this fall," Dukan said in a statement. "I missed most of the month of September and I felt like I could definitely contribute, but the recovery process has lasted longer than I expected."

Dukan, a 6-foot-8 forward from Deerfield, Ill., has played in 21 games for the Badgers over the last two seasons. He will be eligible to play for the Badgers again during the 2013-2014 season, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Dukan said he didn't want to play at less than full-strength this year, and hopes he can come back stronger and more prepared next season.

"I feel like I'd be playing catch-up the whole season and I didn't want to waste a year," Dukan said. "I can instead use this season for development and to get stronger and help my teammates reach our goals this season."

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