Rasheed Sulaimon: The Newest Star for the Duke Blue Devils

Mark Dolejs-USA Today Sports

Rasheed Sulaimon had a breakout performance on Jan. 26 when the Duke Blue Devils faced the Maryland Terrapins. Sulaimon finished the game with 25 points. He made nine out of 13 field goals. More importantly, he made six out of eight three-point field goals.

Sulaimon was on fire from the three-point line, or as Dick Vitale would say, “This diaper dandy is hitting a lot of tri-fectas, baby!” Sulaimon is a freshman starter for the Blue Devils and prior to Saturday’s game against the Terps, Sulaimon was averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.1 assists per game.

In his last three games, however, Sulaimon has averaged 18.6 points, two assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. Prior to these games, Sulaimon experienced two of his worst performances of the season thus far. When Duke played the Clemson Tigers on Jan. 8 Sulaimon completed just one of his five field goals, with a total of two points. In the following game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, Sulaimon finished the game with four points, which all came from the free throw line. He  completed none of his 10 field goal attempts in that game.

Sulaimon seems to be hitting his stride at the right time this season. Since Ryan Kelly has not played due to an injury, Duke is looking for another player to step up and pick up the slack in scoring. Sulaimon’s presence alleviates pressure from Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee, who are the primary scoring options for the Blue Devils.

Now that the ACC schedule has begun, the Blue Devils are positioning themselves to make a run at the regular season crown. If this happens for Duke, I am quite sure that Sulaimon will be a huge reason why.

 

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