Tag:Gerald Henderson
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: July 16, 2009 5:33 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:22 pm

Breaking Down The Dukies Part One (Starters)

Something I plan on doing daily, or at least oftenly, is breaking down the Blue Devil roster over at Duke.  This is the very first edition, and I don't know exactly on how it will go, so please leave your comments for me to better myself.

Important Notes:

As of now, Duke is entering the season with two guards.  Amazing right?  After losing Elliot Williams all the 'Devils have in the back court is Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith!  Not to worry (reasurring myself more than you), Duke is more than likely adding Andre Dawson to their roster, one of the top 25 recruits for the 2010 class.

Big man, its actually quantity not quality now, the Blue Devils are big, but not powerful, they have a roster of big men, with little to none post skill.  It looks as though the Blue Devils will, once again, be a team that falls in love with the three.

Roster Notes:

Starting Five (Prediction):

PG: Nolan Smith 6'2 Junior, an underclassmen, when he hits stride, no one else should touch the ball, but when he's not "hitting his stride" well... we are probably going to be praying we still had Gerald Henderson!  As I pointed out above, Smith is very inconsitent offensively, but is a deserving starter, his bright side is his defense, where he is very consistent.

SG: Jon Scheyer 6'6 Senior, here, I'll come out and say right away, this guy will average over twenty points a game!  Scheyer is someone who is very consistent from beyond the arch, and always gets on the scoreboard, his defense does indeed get by, as biased as it will sound I don't think there is another two-guard in the conference I'd rather have on my team!

SF: Kyle Singler 6'8 Junior, by far the biggest question mark as far as positions go, Singler can shoot threes, and attempts many, but he's big, and has decent skills on the post, offensively and defensively.

PF: Ryan Kelly 6'10 Freshmen, one of the best prospects in this year's class, Kelly is big, lean, and mean, much like Singler he can shoot the three, has speed, and post skills!  Time will tell what Coach K can groom him into.

C: Brian Zoubek 7'1 Senior, calling me crazy by now? No?  Bet you are now, Zoubek matured last year and was defensivly great in March Madness!  I'm sure he progressed over the summer, he's not a joke!  This big man, will be a big suprise!

I will probably expand to doing the whole roster, but at this time there are too many question marks.

Posted on: June 28, 2009 3:53 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2009 3:55 pm

A Sorrow Filled Goodbye

Duke guard Elliot Williams will be enrolling at Memphis, for sure, he left Duke for family medical reasons, now at Memphis he is close to home, we wish him his best.

Williams lit a spark in the offense after joining the starting lineup early in conference play, and his departure leaves us with only two guards on the whole roster, Williams may actually leave a bigger hole then the hole that Gerald Henderson left, now all we hope is that is family member[s] get better and that he doesn't help Memphis beat us in his remaining years.  I am one who strongly believes that if he had started the whole year, Duke could have been a one seed in the tournemant, and who knows, win the ACC regular season?

Goodbye Elliot Williams.

Sincerely, Duke basketball fans.
Posted on: March 26, 2009 5:01 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:25 pm

Duke vs. Villanova Preview Sweet Sixteen

I wil wake up tomorrow as either the happiest of people in the world, or one of those who are very, very sad. Why? Because tonight Duke plays three seeded Villanova, this game starts at 9:57 EST.

Duke was off to a hot start this season and then it seemed as if they could not put two halfs together. As I am sure many have forgoten, there was a point in the year where this young team was ranked number one in the country. They then like I stated were not able to put two halfs together and found themselves forcing desperate combacks at the end of the game. Coach K would not tolerate any more of this. He then made a line-up change puting Elliot Williams into the starting line-up, since then, they have only lost one game to UNC (at Chapel Hill). Duke players have not been very consistent this year, but one player Duke knows will always show up to play, Gerald Henderson. Henderson is by far the most athletic Dukie and is the leading in-conference scorer for Duke. Kyle Singler has been Duke's leader in many categories and usually has a breakout half and a half where he is just run-of-the-mill. Coach K has to bring every weapon in his arsenal.

Villanova is by far the most physical team and can take you out of the game in a hurry. They played in the toughest conference, the Big East, and did good enough to get a three seed. Scott Reynolds, is the guard who has lead the Wildcats throughout the season and has been playing better with every game. However the biggest threat to Duke is to get inside on them. And boy, Dante Cunningham can do that like no other! Cunningham is the biggest threat towards Duke and can make me have nightmares depending on his performance tonight. If he comes to play, 'Nova has a great chance at advancing to the Elite Eight.

Oh yeah, I forgot Henderson school choice came down to either Villanova or Duke, he chose Duke. This should be an emotional game for him.

My prediction Duke 78 - Villanova 77.



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