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Parker is the marquee arrival, and Duke will need him to step into a star role right away. The Blue Devils lost a lot of scoring with the departure of Ryan Kelly, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee. Someone will need to become a reliable scorer for the 2013-14 team.
Parker has big-time scorer potential. He has a good arsenal of post moves, a decent mid-range shot and a great ability to drive to the basket. Each of those scoring options will have to be utilized by Parker in order to keep Duke’s offensive engine running smoothly.
Parker will certainly add an athletic star to Duke’s roster, but he’ll also be counted on to grind in the paint. It’s uncertain how effective Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson will be as sophomores.
Parker might be the most reliable post player available to Coach K.
Despite the spectacle that he can be on the court, Parker will need to do the small things like rebounding and interior help defending if Duke is going to be successful. In short, Parker will need to be the complete package.
At the end of the day, acquiring Parker was a major coup for Duke. He’s a player who can help in nearly every facet of the game, and he’ll surely be an integral part of the Blue Devils’ quest for a deep run in March.