Duke Basketball: 5 Early Predictions for 2014-15 Season

Duke Basketball: 5 Early Predictions for 2014

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The Duke Blue Devils will look much different in the 2014-15 college basketball season, but that shouldn’t stop them from competing for a national championship. Although the season is not even close to starting, let’s take a look at five early predictions. Warning: Some may be a little bold.

Rasheed Sulaimon Will Lead the Team in Scoring

Rasheed Sulaimon
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Rasheed Sulaimon Will Lead the Team in Scoring

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Rasheed Sulaimon was one of the best players on Duke this past season, but he went way under-the-radar because he played alongside Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. He will be playing with a very talented group in the upcoming season, but expect him to put up 15+ points per game.

Jabari Parker Won’t Be Missed That Much

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Jabari Parker Won’t Be Missed That Much

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Jabari Parker was amazing last season, but he won’t be missed that much. That is not a knock on Parker. He was great in his one season at Duke. That is because the team will be bringing in the most talented recruiting class in the nation. Plus, some great players return.

Duke Will Make the Final Four

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Duke Will Make the Final Four

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Losing to Mercer in the 2014 NCAA tournament ended Duke’s season on a very sour note, but the team will be more complete in 2014. As a result, the Blue Devils will make a deep run in the 2015 NCAA tourney. Final Four deep.

Jahlil Okafor Will Be the Best Freshman

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Jahlil Okafor Will Be the Best Freshman

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Jahlil Okafor is the top freshman in the 2014 recruiting class. People can expect the 6-foot-10 center to have a huge year. So huge that he will be the best freshman in the country.

Blue Devils Will Be the Team to Beat in the ACC

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Blue Devils Will Be the Team to Beat in the ACC

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Duke has the talent and hype to enter the 2014-15 season as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. Being the top team in the country or not, this Blue Devils team will be the team to beat in the ACC. That is saying a lot since this could be the best conference in college hoops.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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