There has been a perpetuated myth that Duke can’t get good post players. Duke antagonists have often enjoyed pointing out that Blue Devil big men haven’t developed over their college careers, and that has given high school recruits that play-in-the-paint pause when considering an offer from Duke.
Though this idea gets a lot of chatter, at its core, it doesn’t hold water. And recent history reinforces the fact that the Duke big-man myth is nonsense.
First of all, over four years Mason Plumlee made great strides. He went from a very raw freshman talent to a senior leader. While it wasn’t difficult to pick apart his post moves, it’s undeniable that that was a key figure in the Blue Devils' offense.
Beyond Plumlee’s development, the commitment of Jabari Parker was big news for Duke big men.
Parker may or may not be the best recruit in his class, thanks to Andrew Wiggins, but since Wiggins is a wingman, it’s safe to say that Parker is clearly the best big man coming out of high school. The fact that he chose to come to Duke puts to rest the notion that the Blue Devils can’t get commits from post players.
Plumlee’s role in the offense last season showed that Duke wants to get points in the paint, and adding Parker to the roster will ensure that the Blue Devils continue to push the ball into the post.
Between those two developments, it’s safe to say that the old wives' tale about Duke failing to develop or attract top-notch post players is way off the mark.