Duke started the season with three seniors in the starting five. With Ryan Kelly sideline indefinitely and Seth Curry limited by a nagging injury, the Blue Devils are more reliant than ever on the development of younger players.
With that in mind, it’s worth taking a look at which Blue Devils have the highest ceiling in terms of potential. Obviously, one way to evaluate college player’s potential is by gauging what his NBA prospects may be. But it’s also useful to try and determine how much a player will grow while at the college level.
For top recruits it’s important to show a solid foundation upon which to build their skills. For established upperclassmen it’s essential to showcase a well-rounded resume. Of course, improving as what amounts to NCAA unpaid interns benefits Duke.
So while I dive into the Blue Devils with the most NBA potential, it’s important to remember that their development as potential NBA players will be integral to Duke’s success this season.