Duke Basketball: Who Will Be the Alpha-Blue Devil in Durham for 2013?

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Duke Basketball: Who Will Be the Alpha-Blue Devil in Durham for 2013?
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Coach Mike Krzyzewski will be looking to players like Seth Curry (middle) with Austin Rivers (right) gone for 2013.

Duke basketball has a tradition of producing some of the finest college basketball players in the history of the sport. Every year the Blue Devils boast one or two players who unequivocally own the team and leave no doubt about who will be in possession at the end of the game.

In 2010 it was the three-headed monster of Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith who took the reins. Each player stepped up in crunch time, carrying Duke to the national championship.

2011 belonged to Smith. While Singler was still around and Kyrie Irving's influence was obvious, Smith raised his game to the next level en route to ACC Player of the Year honors.

2012 was a bit of an identity crisis, but Austin Rivers stepped into the role of alpha-Devil late in the season. The obvious coming-of-age moment for Rivers came in the North Carolina game in Chapel Hill when Rivers buried the game-winner over Tyler Zeller as time expired.

But who will step into that role in 2013?

With Rivers gone to the NBA, there is an obvious opening for that position and Mike Krzyzewski is taking all applications. Here is a look at the possible takers for this prestigious role.

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