In this article I’ll be making predictions on the stats of all eleven potential rotation players for Duke next season. I’ll also explain a little into the decision making of my stat predictions.
F Jalen Johnson
17.1 PPG 6.8 RPG 3.5 APG 31 MPG
I have high expectations for Johnson. He’s a mismatch nightmare at the college level that should have his way against most competition. I think that he could put up even bigger numbers than I project, but a loaded rotation could slightly limit his touches/minutes.
F Matthew Hurt
13.2 PPG 5.4 RPG 1.4 APG 27 MPG
Hurt should take a big step forward as a sophomore. He’s added weight and strength which should allow him to be more effective as a rebounder, and as a scorer from inside the arc. I’d expect for him to get more touches from the elbows than he did a season ago.
G/F Wendell Moore
12.8 PPG 4.8 RPG 2.1 APG 28 MPG
Moore, like Hurt, should take a big step forward as a sophomore. Moore’s a versatile player that should help Duke in several facets. He provides an extra ball handler which is crucial late in games. He should be an improved scorer. And, he’s a high level rebounder on the wing.
10.2 PPG 2.1 RPG 1.6 APG 22 MPG
DJ Steward will be counted on for his scoring abilities all season long. He might even be the most skilled pure scorer on the roster. What keeps him from an even higher scoring total, however, is opportunity. He’ll have to compete with Wendell Moore, Jeremy Roach, and Jordan Goldwire for minutes.
G Jeremy Roach
9.8 PPG 2.4 RPG 4.0 APG 28 MPG
I expect Roach to take over the reigns at point guard, and be a key piece for Duke next season. He could be one of the leaders in minutes as well as in assists. Expect for him to play a similar role to the one that Tre Jones had as a freshman.
C Mark Williams
7.0 PPG 6.8 RPG 0.9 APG 20 MPG
Williams will likely be the day one starting center. And, I’d expect him to lead the Blue Devils in rebounding next season. However, as the season goes on, I’d expect Williams’ role to slightly decrease as Coach K opts to play more small ball. Williams should also lead Duke in blocked shots.
F Joey Baker
5.0 PPG 1.1 RPG 0.8 APG 14 MPG
Baker’s role next season will probably be identical to his role last season. He’ll pretty much just be relied on for his three point shooting, and his minutes could come and go.
G Jordan Goldwire
4.8 PPG 2.4 RPG 2.5 APG 24 MPG
Jordan Goldwire has never been a stat sheet stuffer. But, last season we saw how important he is. Coach K trusted Goldwire down the stretch of games, and Goldwire delivered. He makes winning plays especially on the defensive end.
F Jaemyn Brakefield
3.2 PPG 1.4 RPG 0.3 APG 11 MPG
Brakefield is talented, but minutes will be hard to come by at forward next season. Playing behind guys like Jalen Johnson, Matthew Hurt, Wendell Moore, and Joey Baker means that Brakefield likely won’t get a lot of minutes.
F/C Henry Coleman
2.5 PPG 2.3 RPG 0.3 APG 13 MPG
Coleman, like Brakefield may struggle to find minutes. However, Coleman could see some time as a small ball five which is where I think he’ll be at his best.
C Patrick Tape
1.8 PPG 1.4 RPG 0.1 APG 8 MPG
In my opinion, Tape will be counted on more for his leadership than anything else. He may struggle to crack the rotation. But, he’ll provide Duke with a solid rebounder when he plays.
Note: I know that the total number of minutes per game exceeds 200 minutes. But, it always does due to players being benched for entire games, injuries, etc.
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