Duke Basketball: The Blue Devils' Biggest Position Battles

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor INovember 8, 2012

Duke Basketball: The Blue Devils' Biggest Position Battles

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    The Duke Blue Devils will kick off the 2012-13 college basketball season by being ranked No. 8 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll.

    Although the Blue Devils will have a very solid team in the upcoming season, there are still some position battles that will most likely not be settled until some games actually take place.

    Seth Curry will definitely be the starting shooting guard, Ryan Kelly will earn a starting forward position, and Mason Plumlee will be the team's center.

    But there are still two positions that could be snagged by numerous players on Duke. Sure, there is likely a set roster for the first game this weekend, but there is so much talent at Duke this year, like there is most years.

    The Blue Devils do not have a set point guard and there are plenty of players that could play the other forward position.

    Read on to see Duke's biggest position battles player by player—

Quinn Cook, Point Guard

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    Quinn Cook will likely be the starting point guard for the Blue Devils this weekend—so really it is his position to lose. However, Cook only played 11.7 minutes per game last season, so he has some experience, but not a lot. 

    Cook would be a starter for most teams, but we are talking about the Blue Devils here. As long as Cook is a reliable point guard and doesn't have a lot of turnovers, he should keep his job.

    There are plenty of scorers on Duke, so Cook doesn't have to score 15 points per game to make a big impact, although that would be nice. 

Rasheed Sulaimon, Point Guard

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    Of all the players on Duke, Rasheed Sulaimon may be the best shooter, which is saying a lot. Sulaimon can shoot from anywhere on the court and he should turn into quite the three-point shooter on the court. 

    Sulaimon also has great ball-handling skills. His talents really suggest that he will be a great player for the Blue Devils. If Cook slips up, Sulaimon is very capable of taking over as the field general for this team. 

Alex Murphy, Forward

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    Alex Murphy may be a redshirt freshman, but he is predicted to really breakout this season. Not to mention, start for the Blue Devils.

    Although Murphy is expected to do wonders at Duke, he has not played a single minute for the team, except in exhibition games. However, Murphy is very athletic for his size and he has a great sense of the game. 

    Seeing how Duke runs things for a year from the bench is also a plus for Murphy. He may stand tall at 6-foot-8, but he definitely knows how to drain shots from behind the arc. 

Amile Jefferson, Forward

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    Amile Jefferson is better suited as a power forward, being 6-foot-8, but that position is already occupied. 

    Jefferson is going to be a defensive force for the Blue Devils all season long, whether he starts or not. He is going to grab boards, get steals and rack up the blocks. 

    However, Jefferson must improve on the offensive side of the ball, to really make a huge impact at Duke. 

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