Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:46 pm
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.
Posted on: August 3, 2009 12:03 pm
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 1, 2009 12:50 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:19 pm
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
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
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 16, 2009 5:33 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:22 pm
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.
Posted on: March 26, 2009 5:01 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 8:25 pm
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.