Duke Basketball: Blue Devils’ Inside-Outside Game Will Disrupt Opponents

Tyus Jones

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The Duke Blue Devils may have had a lot of talent during the 2013-14 season with Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood both starring nightly for coach Mike Krzyzewski. However, the duo’s skills did not translate to a successful season in Durham.

Now, the Blue Devils have the best recruiting class in the nation led by big man Jahlil Okafor and super-guard Tyus Jones. With just those two, the Blue Devils will have an amazing perimeter and post game, but the returning group of Rasheed Sulaimon, Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson will give the team a scary inside and outside game.

Scouts feel Okafor can provide an immediate and powerful postgame that Blue Devils have not had in quite some time. Okafor can do everything in the post well and his rebounding on both ends of the court will help keep the ball on offense and limit opponents’ second chances.

Jones, Sulaimon and Cook will be a starting backcourt that will frustrate defenses from the tip. Jones is a superstar waiting to happen, while Sulaimon and Cook fit into Krzyzewski typical schemes perfectly. If that trio was not enough, the bench will have freshmen Justise Winslow and Grayson Allen providing all kinds of scoring options. Winslow is a great athlete who can get to the hoop and stop opposing players with his defensive prowess. Allen is a shooter who can also throw down game-changing dunks. These two will provide energy off the bench that the team consistently did not have last year.

Duke is has talented as anyone in all of NCAA basketball and if actual abilities match what scouts and analysts believe could happen, the Blue Devils have a lot to look forward to come next season in ACC.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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  • Stephen Presley

    I ain’t Gonna Lie…Rasheed Sulaimon is the Best Player on DUKE! Even with all the Hype…he was the spark for Parker when the real games came..he took and made the big shots. We give all this power to freshman etc… but in truth I bet Sulaimon schools the heck out of Jones, Winslow, and Grayson…….If not then you better really watch out for DUKE cause have Okafor who is an Obvious #1 recruit and someone out of those 3 are on the level of Sulaimon It’s game over…Lights out cause then you have Cooke who has scored 30 before, Sulaimon who has and can score 30 at any point in time, okafor who is gonna get his and who ever else steps up out of those 3 freshmen. Jefferson is solid and will impove again maybe a double double guy with rebounds and scratching 10-15ppg. Maybe Marshal Plumblee will add toughness and think about having 3 trees in 2 guys 7 ft on at 6’10 and then having In alternation Jones, Cooke, Rasheed, breaking that down……terrible way to end last season… but coach K allowed too much of a one man team…..understandable but Duke just wasn’t there as a team all year long.