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Projections For Duke's Stats Leaders In 2014-15

Predicting Duke's Key Stats Leaders For 2014-15 Season

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Duke has a nice mix of returning and incoming talent, leading to a team loaded with depth and skill. Here is my take on the team's stats leaders for the upcoming season.

Points Per Game: Jahlil Okafor

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Points Per Game: Jahlil Okafor

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Okafor is going to be the main focus of this basketball team, as he is a monster down low and has the size that very few players can compete with at the collegiate level. Okafor is going to be able to utilize his physicality and skill down low in order to put up a consistent double-double every night.

Rebounds Per Game: Jahlil Okafor

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Rebounds Per Game: Jahlil Okafor

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Speaking of double-doubles, the other part to that equation is the rebounds, and Okafor is going to get a lot of them, as he will be the featured big man who will be counted on to pull down the boards and keep his team afloat in that category.

Assists Per Game: Quinn Cook

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Assists Per Game: Quinn Cook

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Cook is the main point guard and veteran leader on this team, and he will look to get all of his teammates involved in the offense, as he is a better passer than one-on-one scorer. Cook has improved his shooting, but he should look to be a team player first.

Steals Per Game: Justise Winslow

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Steals Per Game: Justise Winslow

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I am going out on a limb on this one, but Winslow is going to be the difference-maker defensively for the Blue Devils. Winslow's versatility on the wing will allow him to guard multiple positions, and his wingspan and defensive instincts will help him create deflections and steal opportunities that will boost the offense into overdrive.

Blocks Per Game: Jahlil Okafor

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Blocks Per Game: Jahlil Okafor

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Should this really be a surprise if Okafor is the focus down low? Okafor will have the biggest chance to prove himself on both ends of the floor out of anyone on the team, and his size and length will be crucial in swatting away the other team's shot opportunities.





Duke has a nice mix of returning and incoming talent, leading to a team loaded with depth and skill. Here is my take on the team's stats leaders for the upcoming season.

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Montrezl Harrell Will Be Alpha Dog for Louisville





Montrezl Harrell has not always been the most dominant player on his team. That role has been taken over by guards that have had possession of the ball more in the past such as Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. But this year, it is Harrell’s time to shine and take over for a Louisville Cardinals team that is looking to get back to the Final Four once again.

Harrell is an athletic big man who makes a lot of his plays around the basket through hustle and effort. He has an unstoppable motor and that, combined with his 6-foot-8, 240-pound frame, makes him a true force in the paint. Harrell has very long arms for a power forward, which come in handy when he is trying to finish over longer defenders or reach over to grab rebounds on both ends of the floor. Harrell’s energy and physical tools give him an advantage in the college game over most other forwards who have slender frames and rely on their length to do well on both ends of the floor. Harrell is both long and powerful, but his prowess does not just begin and end with his hustle and athleticism.

Over the past two years, Harrell has become a much more skilled player on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Harrell has been able to develop a hook shot with his man backed into the post, which has become his go-to move. Not only has Harrell become more effective with his back to the basket, but last season he even showed off a mid-range jump shot, something that would help Louisville spread the floor and shoot the ball effectively. Defensively, Harrell has improved his shot-blocking ability since his first game at Louisville. His better timing going up and getting a blockeither from in front of his defender or even chasing down his man for a rejectionhas helped his defensive game in leaps and bounds. Harrell’s basketball I.Q. has also been enhanced since working with head coach Rick Pitino, as Harrell is much better at rotating on defense and helping his teammates. If Harrell can stay committed to making plays defensively, be it blocking shots or rotating and playing passing lanes to utilize his length in creating steal opportunities, this Louisville team can continue its dominance on the defensive side of the ball.

Harrell is no stranger to making big plays and putting up impressive numbers. He is prepared to be a leader for this Louisville team and show off an expanded offensive and defensive arsenal. With Harrell leading the way, expect Louisville to contend for top status in the ACC and beyond.

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Montrezl Harrell Will Be the Alpha Dog for Louisville in 2014-15.

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