Duke Blue Devils: Predicting 2013 Starting Lineup With Jabari Parker

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Predicting Duke Blue Devils Starters for 2013-2014

Starters for Duke 2013-2014
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Number one ranked Duke Blue Devils got an early Christmas present today with the commitment of Jabari Parker, the number two recruit in the Class of 2013. The commitment of Parker gave Duke a third coveted prospect and bumped the team’s ranking up to #4 on ESPN. Legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski continues to land the best players in the nation. While Duke is most certainly worried about the current season and keeping their undefeated record, it’s never too early to look ahead to next season.

Parker joins recruits Matt Jones (#36 ESPN) and Semi Ojeleye (#41 ESPN). Duke will need strong contributions from these three recruits after the departure of several stars at the end of the current 2012-2013 season. Several other key recruits are undecided and still list Duke as a possibility. However, the team is starting to run out of room for new stars and is pretty set for a strong roster next year without additional recruits.

The current undefeated Blue Devils are led by seniors Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, and Seth Curry. The three seniors currently make up 48 of the 81 points averaged in Duke games this season. The trio also is responsible for 17 of the 35 rebounds collected every game. Lucky for Duke, the school has had several strong recruiting classes in a row that will help the transition into the 2013-2014 season.

Parker will be a starter in the 2013-2014 season along with two starters from this season. Who will fill the other four roles alongside Parker? Click through the slideshow to find out who I see starting in 2013-2014 for the Duke Blue Devils.

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Jabari Parker, F, Duke Blue Devils

F, Jabari Parker
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Jabari Parker was the number two recruit in the class of 2013. The commitment of Parker immediately boosts Dukes stock going forward. Parker chose between five schools, but ulimately picked Duke over Michigan State, where I thought he would end up. Parker was the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year. The Simeon Career Academy star also became the first non-senior winner of the Illinois Mr. Basketball Award in 2011. In his junior season, Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals. Parker should be a starter at forward for the Blue Devils.

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Marshall Plumlee, F, Duke Blue Devils

F, Marshall Plumlee
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The younger brother of Duke stars Mason and Miles, Marshall Plumlee has some big shoes to fill. Lucky for Marshall and Duke, the younger Plumlee is listed at 7’0”. In the 2012-2013 season, Marshall has only played in one game with just over two minutes of action. The forward redshirted last year after playing in several games during the Maui Invitational. Marshall was a McDonald’s All-American and helped Christ School in North Carolina win four straight state championships. Overshadowed by his older brothers, Marshall broke out in his junior and senior high school seasons. As a senior, he averaged 11.5 points, 10.3 rebound and 2.5 blocks. His stats were good enough to win the Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina.

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Alex Murphy, F, Duke Blue Devils

F, Alex Murphy
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Alex Murphy was one of several key recruits from the Class of 2011. Murphy will be a sophomore in 2012-2013 after redshirting last year. In his junior season, Murphy will most likely be a starter if Coach Krzyzewski decides to use three forwards. If Coach K wants to start three guards like this season, Murphy will fight with Plumlee and Parker for a starting role or could be used in a three man rotation. Murphy was ranked #40 by ESPN in the 2011 class. He is currently averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in around seven minutes a contest.

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Quinn Cook, G, Duke Blue Devils

G, Quinn Cook
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In his sophomore season, Quinn Cook has certainly broke out and shown the nation what he is capable of. After a strong performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, which awarded him the MVP, Cook became the predominant starting point guard for Duke. In the current 2012-2013 season, Cook is averaging 10.4 points and 6.3 assists per game. Cook, who averages over 31 minutes a game leads his team in assists and three point field goal percentage.

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Rasheed Sulaimon, G, Duke Blue Devils

G, Rashee Sulaimon
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Rasheed Sulaimon was part of the 12th ranked recruiting Class of 2012. Sulaimon has found his way into the starting lineup for Duke. Rasheed averages over 31 minutes of action per game. Sulaimon’s 12.7 points per game currently rank third on the team.

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Other Duke Blue Devils

Duke Blue Devils Bench
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Other possibly starters and bench stars for Duke in 2013-2014 include:

Tyler Thornton-Originally a starter at the beginning of the season, Thornton has since been replaced by Quinn Cook. Thornton is still used 22 minutes a game and contributes three points and three assists per contest on average. In his senior season, Thornton will be a good bench player to complement Cook and Sulaimon or could be a potential starter if Coach Krzyzewski decides to use three guards.

Josh Hairston-Junior Josh Hairston has played in all 10 Blue Devil matches during the 2012-2013 season. He appears around 10 minutes a game and is averaging two points and two rebounds per game.

Amile Jefferson-As a current freshman, Jefferson is still getting used to the Duke offense. He currently plays 10 minutes a game and is averaging four points a game. Jefferson has played in all 10 Duke games during the current season.

Matt Jones-Despite being the number 36 recruit in the Class of 2013, Jones will probably come off the bench to start the 2013-2014 Duke Blue Devils season. Jones was the first recruit to commit to Duke from his class.

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