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Duke Basketball: Predicting the Blue Devils’ Starting Five for 2014-15 Season

Predicting the Blue Devils' Starting Five for 2014-15 Season

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The Duke Blue Devils will be losing Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, but they could be even better in the 2014-15 college basketball season. Duke will be rocking the No. 1 recruiting class and will be bringing back some talent. However, there will be nothing set in stone when it comes to the starting five until Mike Krzyzewski announces it. So many different players could start, but let’s take a look at a prediction of what it could look like.

Point Guard: Quinn Cook

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Point Guard: Quinn Cook

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Quinn Cook will be a senior. However, incoming freshman Tyus Jones is more talented and could steal Cook’s role. According to ESPN, Jones is the No. 4 ranked recruit in the 2014 class and the overall No. 1 point guard.

Still, Cook is coming off of a season where he averaged 11.6 points per game and 4.4 assists per game. For what it’s worth, he is the returning leading scorer.

Shooting Guard: Rasheed Sulaimon

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Shooting Guard: Rasheed Sulaimon

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I would be really surprised if Rasheed Sulaimon didn’t start next year. Sure, he took a drop in production, but he has the shot to lead the Blue Devils in scoring. He only averaged 9.9 points per game, but he also shot 41 percent from behind the arc.

Small Forward: Justise Winslow

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Small Forward: Justise Winslow

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If Justise Winslow plays like his talent would suggest, he will be in the starting five at the beginning of the 2014-15 college basketball season. Who knows, though, Duke could go small and throw Jones, Sulaimon and Cook out there all at once.

Power Forward: Amile Jefferson

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Power Forward: Amile Jefferson

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Amile Jefferson is coming off of a season where he averaged 6.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. I am expecting him to take on a bigger role in the upcoming season, which could lead to a breakout year.

Center: Jahlil Okafor

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Center: Jahlil Okafor

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Jahlil Okafor is the No. 1 recruit in the 2014 class. He is going to start. It is that simple. Unlike this past season, Duke will have a legit center. That alone could make the Blue Devils a better team.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.