Rasheed Sulaimon Could Be A Star Next Year For the Duke Blue Devils

By Trevor Lowry
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Although the Duke Blue Devils will be losing their three starting seniors, who were the top three leading scorers on the team, Duke will not skip a beat. All the rave is about Jabari Parker joining the team and transfer Rodney Hood could play a big role, but let’s focus on Duke’s best freshman this past season in Rasheed Sulaimon.

Sulaimon could be a star in the 2013-14 college basketball season. He did average 11.6 points per game in his first season with the Blue Devils. However, he will likely get more than 29.2 minutes per game. Not to mention, he was the fourth or fifth option at times for this team.

He already shot 42.4 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from behind the arc last season. Just imagine how much better he could get over the offseason. Sulaimon has a great shot and he will likely get more looks, thanks to Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly no longer being on the team.

Sulaimon was the 12th ranked prospect coming into last season, according to ESPN, so he definitely has the talent to be one of the best shooting guards in all of college basketball. At times, he showed that talent. His season-high in points was 27 and he did manage to score 21 points against Creighton in the NCAA Tournament.

There may be a lot of great players leaving the team, but there will still be plenty of talent on Duke next season. One of those players is Sulaimon and he could very easily be a star–depending on how Mike Krzyzewski uses him–next year.


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