Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:46 pm

Who's Who With Duke Ed. 3 Duke Daily 8/04

Last Kyle Singler was Duke's star at the power foward position... but how will he do this year?

Player Profile: Singler can play guard and foward, but he mostly plays at the foward position, he may see minutes at the two guard this year.  I actually thinks he will be the Duke starting small foward.  Coach K knows how gifted this player is being able to score anywhere on the court, you want to play him tight so he doesn't pull up for the three, but if you play him tight he'l beat you on the low post, Singler will make your head ache.  He is only average in man coverage, great in the defensive zone where his strong point is in hepl defense.  He is one of Duke's clutch players, fearless when its an important game, or in the last few minutes.  We may see a little bit more of posting up this year as he grew and added more muscle to his upper body.  He can lead the Duke in every category as he almost did last year, and is probably the most well rounded power foward in the nation.

So how will Singler do for Duke?  Well only time will tell albeit, Singler may be averaging 20+ points per game and around eight rebounds, to solidify his game he may average five assists a game.  Singler will either be the starting small forward of the starting power foward.
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Posted on: August 3, 2009 12:03 pm

Duke Daily 8/03 Who's Who With Duke Ed. 2

Last year Jon Scheyer was Duke's top shooter and one of the leading scorers.  So who is he this year?

Jon Scheyer is a natural shooting guard who is very lanky, but has a decent ball handling skills and is able to run the point.  His shooting is remarkable, and he can stretch the defense as well.  One thing that he has developed into a threat to compliment his shooting is his ability to draw fouls on the perimeter, he has had many four point plays.  He is Duke's top free throw shooter, shooting 90% from the line.  Much like Nolan Smith, Scheyer has under rated defense, and may just show that all this year.

So who is Jon Scheyer?  Scheyer will be Duke's leading scorer, and clutch shooter.  The senior will raise plenty of eyebrows from NBA scouts.

My outlook: Scheyer will average 21 point per game, 7 rebounds, and four assists.  I also feel he will average two and a half steals per game.  And I am sure that as I speak Coach K is dreaming that he gets these stats.
Posted on: August 2, 2009 8:18 pm

Duke Daily 8/02 Who's Who With Duke?

As the first few editions come to a close, more are to come, and today is one of them.  Nolan Smith started most of last year, then became the sixth man, what will he be doing this year?

Nolan Smith is a sure thing starting point guard for Duke this year, and I really have no questions as to why.  First of all, Duke has a seldom amount of guards, not only that but Smith is an excellent defender and is willing to take a few hits for the team.  Much like last year's Henderson, Smith posses that quick first step neccassary to drive the lane and his a mean cross over.  All his life he has been a high scoring player who's main strenght is his defense, in previous entries I have pondered his conditioning and whether or not he could handle so many minutes, but Coach K has no doubt that Smith is his guy.  But one thing that Coach K might emphasize most about this young athlete is his ability to gracefully swith positions, being able to play the two guard and run the point.

So who is Nolan Smith for Duke?  Nolan Smith will most certaintly stand up and attempt to lead this team, as he will surely be the starting point guard.  If he can steer clear of turnovers.... watch out!
Posted on: August 1, 2009 12:50 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:19 pm

Duke Daily 8/01 Big Men Big Talks

In two previous editions I decided coach Mike Krzyzewski still had his recruiting spark, and today we will go over the big men that may be wearing a Duke uniform next year.

Power Foward, Power Talks: Right now no top ten power fowards are considering Duke, but they have a four star prospect already committed in Joshua Hairston, he may not be overly exciting, but he will be a force off the bench seeing as Duke should still have Ryan Kelley and Mason Plumlee for 2010-2011.

Center Of Attention: One spot Duke really should be looking for a replacement is the center, no one strikes me as a great center on this team.  One player who would be great for Duke, is Josh Smith, already offered by Duke but not committed, this 6'10 giant has plenty of strength that is needed in the ACC.  No other top centers are considering Duke, but if Smith is landed, he may be enough.
Posted on: July 31, 2009 8:14 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:20 pm

Duke Daily 7/31 Small Foward Recruiting

Another daily chat about about Duke, this time finishing off the recruiting for the class of 2010, yesterday I decided whether or not Mike Krzyzewski still had his recruiting spark, and I just wanted to say, yes, he does indeed!

Small Foward Large Talks: Harrison Barnes is one of the most talented players in the 2010 class, he has yet to committ to a school but Duke is number one on his list.  The six foot six inch Iowa native has already been offered a Duke scholarship, he has yet to respond.  Not only is he a huge threat down low with his athletic ability, but much like the Duke offense, Barnes is a big threat on the perimeter!  On the defensive end he is outstanding, his speed makes him able to guard point guards, he can guard the shooting guards, and of course he can guard the small fowards, but he can also defend big men quite well.  A lankier five star prospect, Roscoe Smith, he's 6'8, and mostly plays on the post, Duke has also offered him a scholarship, yet to respond.  Its not even close to next years signing period, but Duke does not have any committs.

I feel next year that the strongest point of Duke's recruiting may be the small foward position.
Posted on: July 30, 2009 9:01 am
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:21 pm

Duke Daily 7/30 Recruiting (Guards)

Does Mike Kryzewski still have that knack of recruiting in him?  This year he has a pretty strong class coming in, but with the chance at landing Wall, he failed.  Some Duke fans are aroused with Coach K, but we must not just until we view the class of 2010.

Point Guard Pursuit: Coach K has been trying to land Brandon Knight, the top point guard of the 2010 class, although he has many colleges on his list, Duke seems to be the front runner.  Coach K also already landed three star point guard Tyler Thornton.  Keep in mind, the Dukies have Seth Curry, a PG and a SG, but if we land Brandon Knight only good will come.

SG Shoot Out!: As I said we do have Seth Curry, although we still need someone else as Scheyer leaves us.  Dawkins will be there next year, a big help, I do not see anyone else who Duke might be getting here at this point, but we have to be patient.

Overall though Coach K and his staff can still recruit, look for them to land Knight in the future.
Posted on: July 28, 2009 7:45 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2009 8:27 am

The Three Man Combo

The Blue Devils have had the struggle of finding guards and now, heading into the season they have three on their roster!  What that means is, one back up!  The old phrase "Its quality not quantity" may not be in effect as you should have more than three guards on your roster!  But the three they have are talented.  So does Duke have that spark in their back court or not?

Nolan Smith: A defending point guard, he is a guy who will take a charge for the team.  He has the ability to find that one hole in the defense and take it to the lane!  Although last year he averaged high single digits, he has a that potential to be a double-digit scorer every game.  Every explosive player has that.  One of the better mid range shooting point guards, which only expands his danger level on the court.  One thing he needed to and did improve on over the summer was his conditioning, one reason why he did not start all of last year.  An improved Smith will play both guard positions for Coach K, and the Dukies.

Jon Scheyer: One of the elite shooting guards in the conference, the lanky Scheyer scores in a hurry.  He has the potential to light up the scoreboard every game, and in his final year on campus, Scheyer may become a twenty point scorer.  Like I said his ball handling is that of a point guard, and he also has tremendous defense, although he stands tall, he too will play both guard positions.  Overall Scheyer is the best Duke guard.

Casey Peters: A freshman, few people know much about him.  Let me start it off with this, Peters is a natural shooting guard, who was a twenty point scorer in high school, and most likely will become a sixth man for Duke, who can defend it well, and drives decently.  Not the best Duke guard at all but he can get the job done.

Rumor has it Duke has another committ coming in Andre Dawkins, a player who could play both guard positions as well.  Note: Peters is on the official roster to date, but I have heard he may not be, but Duke says they have him on their roster.
Posted on: July 27, 2009 8:43 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2009 8:49 pm

The Attractive And The Ugly Kyle Singler Edition

The first episode of the series, I breakdown Kyle Singler, a Duke power forward.

Physical Breakdown: At six feet nine inches Singler, is a SF/PF, who needs to work in the gym a bit more if he wants to continue his college success onto the NBA.  He weighs in at 230 pounds, pretty decent for a power forward.  Wears number twelve.

The Attractive: He is one of the elite players in the ACC, mostly due to his offensive skills.  In his previous years at Duke he has always been a top performer when the game is on the line, and may become Mr. Clutch for the Dukies.  He can score on the block, but not against the top performing power forwards, his advantage is his perimeter play, where he can shoot the three, or threaten to dribble-drive on the big men.  He is a beast on the boards, averaging about eight boards per game last year, his man to man defense is decent, but certainly not great.  His strong point on defense is his help defense, he is one of the best hepl defenders in the game today.  He is certainly a winner is his four years of varsity basketball his team went 110-10!

The Ugly: He is not a player with many "ugly" attribbutes, but he is big, but he is not a true big man, he usually defends the perimeter, and does not defend the post as well as he should be capable of.  He does not always get the job done offensively in the paint.  If he keeps hitting the gym, but still, this big man with guard skills is one to be reckoned with.

Overall Grade: Its always hard to grade a college player but Singler is a great all around player, with decent skills on the post, Grade: A-

Quotes And More:

Many others have takes on Singler as well and here are some:

Notes: Has received comparisons to both Larry Bird and Dirk Nowitzki Has a great deal of potential as a pro and will look to follow in the footsteps of past wing forwards Grant Hill, Shane Battier and Mike Dunleavy at Duke -- NBA Draft.Net

My reaction to this one is really this:  He is a Larry Bird type player, he is not as good as Larry Bird but he is similar.

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