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Ryan Kelly—6'11”, 230
Amile Jefferson—6'8”, 195
Todd Zafirovski—6'9”, 240
James Michael McAdoo—6'9”, 230
Brice Johnson—6'9”, 187
Jackson Simmons—6'7”, 220
There is no battle for the starting power forward spot at Duke or North Carolina. Ryan Kelly and James Michael McAdoo have their spots on lock.
Ryan Kelly is extremely versatile at the position—to the point he could play small forward, too. However, it doesn't look like there will be a need at the 3.
Kelly has a solid post game and can force defenders deep with his 40.8 percent shooting from three-point range. He actually led the squad in accuracy beyond the arc. He may very well be the purest basketball player for the Blue Devils.
Amile Jefferson was actually recruited as a power forward, so he should have no trouble backing up Kelly as needed. Todd Zafirovski will be a junior and has only managed 2.1 minutes per game through his career. I don't expect that to change now.
With the athleticism of James Michael McAdoo, his ceiling is as high as anyone on this list. His game isn't anywhere near complete, however. I'm sure he will reveal some semblance of a post game in 2012, but I don't expect to be blown away from what I saw last season.
For now, McAdoo's game is all about his endless motor and dominant athleticism. He is also a steal machine, but hasn't displayed much beyond that defensively. His jumper is decent, but he doesn't have much range.
Brice Johnson is also a promising prospect at the 4. Though he is only 6'9”, Johnson has outstanding length and a great face-up game. He needs to step up his game with his back to the basket, but he does have better range than McAdoo.
Johnson is also better defender in the post and is very good at blocking shots.
Though he won't be used very much, Jackson Simmons has also shown some promise. He won't be a star by any means, but I would take him over Zafirovski.
In the end, the scales tip the way of the Devils. There is just too big a question mark over McAdoo's head right now. However, if he lives up to the hype he has been drenched in for the last couple years, Carolina could hold an advantage when these two do battle.
For now, I have to give it up to Duke.