GREENSBORO — Trevon Duval has resorted to wearing goggles on the basketball court as protection for his eyes.
His tinted eyewear is something that he felt was a necessity.
Duval was a Duke freshman a year ago, now playing in the NBA G League for the Wisconsin Herd, the affiliate for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Duval said he began wearing the protective gear at the beginning of training camp. He said they’re basic goggles, not like glasses.
“It’s a major adjustment for me,” he said after a game against the Greensboro Swarm. “It’s something I have to get used to.”
Duval’s left eye condition — related to blurriness — became a topic during his college season, apparently stemming from childhood. He missed time earlier this autumn because of what was listed as an eye injury.
Duval was undrafted out of Duke. He played in the NBA summer league for the Houston Rockets, but made an impression and the Bucks signed him to a two-way contract.
That status gives Duval leverage as he’s groomed in the NBA G League. He said the Bucks expressed interest initially following the draft.
Several former college teammates — Marques Bolden, Jordan Goldwire and Alex O’Connell along with Duke director of basketball operations Nolan Smith — attended the game in Greensboro and met with Duval afterward.
“Just the travel and so many games and not having school,” Duval said of the biggest changes in his latest basketball venture.
Despite the schedule (the Herd has played 15 games), Duval said he feels strong and is concentrating on using his assets — “just play my game” — to bolster his stock.
Duval, 20, was the youngest player on the court at The Fieldhouse.
“It’s fine with me,” he said, embracing the youth component.
As for the goggles, he removes them frequently during games. He even wipes them off during breaks in action.
“It starts to fog up a little bit,” he said.