Duke Basketball: Players Who Will Lead the Blue Devils to ACC Tourney Title

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 19, 2017

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 13:  Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a basket during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 13, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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From an injury to Ryan Kelly to several major upsets, the Duke Blue Devils have had to deal with a lot of adversity this season. However, they are still an elite team with talented players that will lead them to the ACC title.

Currently, the Blue Devils are second in the ACC standings with an 11-3 conference record. They are 2.5 games back from the Miami Hurricanes, a team that has had a tremendous season.

However, the Hurricanes won’t win the ACC tournament due to several important Blue Devils.


Seth Curry

Stephen Curry may have dropped 54 points on the New York Knicks this week, but his little brother Seth is having the better year of the two.

The younger Curry has been doing an amazing job for the Blue Devils this season, averaging 16.8 points per game on 46 percent shooting. His three-point accuracy has been equally impressive, making 43.7 percent of his shots behind the arc.

The second-highest scorer for Duke will dominate during the tournament. Although he was shutout against Miami in January, he won’t let the same thing happen again. 

Expect Curry to light it up if they end up facing the Hurricanes in the ACC tourney.


Mason Plumlee

The Blue Devils wouldn’t have the same identity without their star player, Mason Plumlee. He has been a solid piece to the team over the past four years, but his time is finally coming to an end.

Plumlee’s senior season has been great. He’s been averaging a double-double, with 17.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. His shooting has been very efficient, making 59.6 percent of his field goals. 

The ACC tournament will be Plumlee’s last run at the ACC title. There is little doubt that he will give it his all, fighting for shots and rebounds. He has only scored in single figures three times all year, and it will stay at three games by the end of ACC play.


Rasheed Sulaimon

There are few freshmen that make true impacts as quickly as Rasheed Sulaimon has for the Blue Devils. With the injury to Ryan Kelly, the team needed someone to step up and play well. So far, the guard from Houston has done just that.

Sulaimon’s season has been terrific. He is averaging 12.4 points per game while making 44.1 percent of his shots from the field. He had his best game of the season recently against Boston College, scoring 27 points while shooting 10-for-15.

It appears that Sulaimon has become a real “X-factor” for the Blue Devils. He creates mismatches for other teams and will do just that in March. 

He will end up being the most impressive freshman during the conference tournament.