Rasheed Sulaimon was one of the best freshman in the country in the 2012-13 college basketball season. He definitely took a step back this past season. Regardless, fans can expect Duke‘s sharpshooter to have his best season yet in 2014-15.
Yes, Duke is going to be stacked with talent once again, which could lead to Sulaimon getting less looks, but his three-point shooting and scoring ability will be key all season long.
Although Sulaimon took a drop in production this past season, he still managed to become more effective from behind the arc. He shot 37.1 percent from behind the arc in his freshman season and 41 percent from deep this past season. That is a pretty significant increase.
Sulaimon went way under-the-radar this year and for good reason. He played alongside Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. Both players had great years and both players definitely took away looks from Sulaimon. There is a chance that the new kids on the block — Duke’s talented incoming freshmen — take away some looks as well, but a bigger role should be expected out of the junior regardless.
He will need to become one of the leaders of this team and he will need to continue to be a reliable scorer. Who knows how much he will score in the upcoming season, but I am going to guess that it will be more than 10 points per game. 13-15 points per game is definitely not out of the question.
Look for Sulaimon to be one of the best players in the ACC and look for Sulaimon to have his best season yet.