Duke Basketball: Biggest Question Each Incoming Freshman Must Answer
The Duke basketball program lost three talented seniors but they are being replaced with three talented incoming freshmen.
It's the main reason the Blue Devils have been able to maintain such a high level of success over the years.
Mike Krzyzewski recruits some of the best high school players in the country on an annual basis, and these young men come to Duke with a great deal of pressure and expectations. Along with those expectations come questions about how they will perform.
Here are the biggest questions each incoming freshman must answer.
Semi Ojeleye: Can He Adjust to the Level of Competition in College Basketball?
Semi Ojeleye was one of the most dominant players in the history of Kansas high school basketball.
He averaged 38.1 points per game during his senior season and led his team to a 25-0 record and state championship. He also set state records for scoring in a single season and career.
This success is a big reason why he was named the 2012-13 Parade Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
After having such a successful high school career, Ojeleye now has to adjust to facing the competition he'll face every day at Duke and other teams in the ACC. He's going from being the primary option on his high school team to being a role player who will probably receive limited minutes at Duke.
All signs point to him as a guy who's ready to use this opportunity to grow, but you never know how players will respond to the transition.
Matt Jones: Will He Earn Playing Time?
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At 6'4", 180 pounds, Jones has a similar frame to Rasheed Sulaimon and he will likely be behind Sulaimon and a few other players on the depth chart for the Blue Devils.
The return of Andre Dawkins as another potent shooter for Duke makes it even more difficult for Jones to earn significant minutes.
Once he gets on the court, he needs to be aggressive with his shot and not be a liability on the defensive end. If he struggles on defense, he will have a freshman season similar to guys like Taylor King, Martynas Pocius and Alex Murphy—playing sporadically against weaker opponents.
However, if he can provide instant offense, Jones makes Duke's backcourt even deeper.
Jabari Parker: Is He as Good as Everyone Says?
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When Sports Illustrated runs a cover story during your junior year calling you the "best high school basketball player since LeBron James," you've earned an incredible reputation.
Now, Jabari Parker joins the Blue Devils as the No. 2 ranked recruit in the class of 2013.
With his athleticism and ability to score from anywhere on the court, many Duke fans hope Parker can have a freshman season similar to what Carmelo Anthony did at Syracuse. Anthony exploded on the college basketball scene and helped lead the Orange to a national championship in 2003.
Parker has a great group of players around him at Duke but he is still expected to be a major contributor and handle the spotlight without any struggles.
It's a lot to ask of any freshman and it remains to be seen whether or not Parker can live up to the incredible hype.