I think Josh and Ryan are the two biggest wildcards. I honestly believe Ryan has the potential to be a 20+ ppg All-America type if he ever gets the kind of confidence playing at the college level as he did at the high school level. I mean yeah, he's a smart player and good passer, but dude could straight up ball in HS... we're talking crossing guards up so bad they'd fall over, catching alley oops and dunking on people, not to mention a very soft touch on an unblockable jump shot. He was nowhere close to it last year, but if he ever finds that comfort zone again, watch out.
Josh is even more of an unknown since he's a frosh, but seems to be very polished offensively - seems like he could put up points in bunches. I wonder how well he'll be able to defend 3's and 4's, respectively? I see him having an Andre-of-last-year-like role.
Speaking of Andre, he'll also be really interesting to watch. If he can get his body and handle in shape, he could add "slasher" to his game thanks to his athletic ability. I can't wait to see how his first real summer at Duke changes his game.
As for the starters... we pretty much known what is hoped and expected from them, so I hope they're up to the task. Here's hoping the Plums can really take the mantle from LT and Z like their teammates are saying they will.
I agree with most of what you said. Kudos to K and the '10 team which surprised most people and with which I think K did his best work to get the NC. I don't expect a repeat of last year for UNC and expect significant improvement. How much still remains to be seen.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Seth put up similar numbers next year, but it would definitely surprise me if he's the best player on the team.
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”
To me no doubt the X Factors for next year will be Mason and Miles hands down. We all know what Nolan and Singler will being to the table. I have a feeling that Seth and Kyrie will def def live up to the hype... especially Kyrie. Andre will get be much more rounded (especially if he wants to get the same if not more PT)
We all seen what the emergence of Zoubs did last year. if the Plumlees can stay outa foul trouble, rebound the ball and give us a lil reliable scoring down low Duke is gonna be really really tough to beat. i look as us having about the same losses as last year
But, just to play, uh, Devils' advocate [and maybe to adopt the persona of a crazy person], I'd also say I'll be surprised if Duke loses 5 games next season. I'm always surprised when we lose, so I'll be especially dumbfounded at every L next season, given our talent, enough experience, KI-wow, SC secret-X, and K-dude.
Again I ask: 40 games = NC game appearance? Anyone? Anyone?
I think you will get your wish some of this season... I think that Coach K will go with this lineup in offensive situations and when we "go small" and ti would put a lot of pressure on opposing teams.
Here are some video's of Kyrie:
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seth curry imo will be tantamount to our transition from a very good team to a great team
The reference to 31 reg season games -- Is there still in effect an NCAA rule that allows teams 27 games, plus participation in an early-season tourney with a 4-game maximum? Or are all teams simply allowed to schedule as they will, so long as they play 31 max? [I assume you know this stuff and won't have to research it. If by chance you'd have to research, forget it, I'll do the Google work myself.]
While Seth Curry has the potential to be outstanding and Andre Dawkins can be very good, Duke perimeter is already in great shape with Kyrie-Nolan-Kyle trio.
To advance far into the NCAA tourney Duke instead needs the trio of two Plumlees and Ryan Kelly to be above average to very good, as Greg Newton post suggested for Kelly, not even that outstanding just very good, solid double digit rebounding or scoring from all three to complement an outstanding trio on the perimeter.
Another thing that would do is give K a full arsenal of options on both offense and defense to the point where it would almost be ridiculous how could this team could be.
All I want for Christmas is for our 4 post players to be good enough to be impact players no matter who the competition is. If that happens, everything else will take care of itself.
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I screamed at Miles over the botched alley-oop in the first half watching it live, but on the replay I was able to see that he got hammered by Howard which caused the bobble.
It makes me feel even better about both Miles and Mason going into the new season. Miles needs to get stronger with his hands to cut down on the bobbles, drops, mishandles, etc, and get better at being able to play good positional defense without sacrificing his shot-blocking ability and vice-versa. Last year early he was great at shotblocking (Case in point UConn game) but not so great at position defense. In early January he got much better at being in the right position, but all of a sudden forgot how to block shots. He just needs to combine the two skills and be consistent at it.
Mason just needs to mature on both ends. All of the talent in the world is in this kid, but he has to use that talent more wisely and cut down on mistakes. Like his brother, he also needs to get better with position defense while also blocking shots. One final area for Mason is he has to hustle more. Especially getting back on defense. He says that watching Lance and Zoubs showed him that he has to get better at playing as hard as possible at all time. If he commits to doing just that he can be a beast.
Only 4 months and 10 days until practice starts!! (But before that happens we got some Football to kick butt in! Go Cut! and Go Duke!)
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I know many are expecting a lot more from the Plumlees, but I think given their foul tendencies, it is reasonable to assume they each play 20-25 MPG effectively, for a total of 45 minutes, perhaps another 10 from Kyle at PF leaving 25 MPG for Ryan and Josh to share.
Again many are expecting double digit minutes from Josh and not much from Ryan while I think the reverse is true. I would say 15 MPG for Kelly is much too low and the other 10 MPG from Josh is on the high side.
Josh will be fine over his four year career at Duke but Kelly has higher HS rankings, an extra year in the Duke system, is taller, and will have progressed from the academic acknowledgement that he has to get stronger and in better condition, to putting that into practice over the summer.
Like the Plumlees he will have benefited from Lance's and Zoubs work ethic example.
Last year he has the pre-season flu/mono like weight loss symptoms that got him off to a slow start plus was not as good a fit with Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek as he will be with the quicker Kyrie Irving and a Plumlee.
Anything Duke gets out of Josh Hariston this year in games beyond what they got out of Ryan Kelly last year or Miles the year before will be a bonus.
Practice is another story. Without Felix, it is pretty much up to Josh, Ryan or a Plumlee to give Kyle the defensive challenge from a big in practice, whereas Andre provides a quicker but much smaller player to defend him.
Since there are only 4 bigs, Kyle gets that challenge either by playing some PF in practice or by the sophomore Todd Zafirovski logging some practice time as a forward/center, while Josh or Ryan defends Singler at WF.
It's not hard to imagine why practice reports of transfers get exaggerated - practice/pickup is their only outlet to play at all, they're never beat up from the wear and tear the season, and they're often the "star" player on the second team in practice. Plus, it makes for a sexy rumor.
My point was that, like Dahntay in his junior year, we probably shouldn't be expecting Seth to be one of our all-around best players.