It’s pretty obvious that in the ACC, the Blue Devils will only go as far as their heralded senior trio of Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly will take them.
Or is it?
As talented and productive as those three players are for Duke, they’re going to need some help navigating the Blue Devils through the ACC. This is where Mike Krzyzewski’s talented freshman class needs to start stepping up.
Guard Rasheed Sulaimon has certainly been doing his job, becoming the dynamic scorer recruiting experts envisioned he would become at Duke. But what about the other diaper dandies?
Forward Amile Jefferson has been getting more playing time recently. Duke fans are hoping that trend will continue.
In addition, Marshall Plumlee is just now getting over his stress fracture in his foot. It’s going to take some time before he works his way into the rotation.
And then there’s Alex Murphy. At the beginning of the year, he saw virtually no playing time. The talent is there, but the productivity has yet to show up.
Maybe it will be Duke’s freshmen—not its seniors—who are going to determine the Blue Devils’ fate in ACC play.