In keeping with the problem—albeit a good one—of having too many quality players, Coach K will need to ensure that there isn’t a mass exodus.
Duke, like any big basketball program, has a fairly long list of players that have transferred out. The huge influx of talent means scarce minutes are available to players who aren’t superstars.
On other teams, these end-of-the-bench Blue Devils would be key figures. At Duke, however, they’re way down on the depth chart.
It’s tough to fault a guy for leaving in order to play a bigger role on another team. Making space for those guys in this season and next year would go a long way to ensuring that people aren’t temped to pursue greener pastures.
Again, Coach K probably isn’t going to suddenly employ a 10-man rotation. Therefore, it’ll be important to assure the players seeing limited minutes that their time will come. That’s a tough sell, but Coach K is capable of getting a long-term commitment.
Gaining that sort of assurance from the superstars would also come in handy.
Even though Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker are likely gone after the upcoming season, ensuring that Rasheed Sulaimon stays would keep Duke among the country’s best teams and add some roster stability in an era of massive roster turnover.
There will obviously be some roster changes following the season, but if Coach K can mitigate the migration to the NBA or other college teams, then Duke’s roster stability will keep the program on top.