Basketball season is nearly upon us, and Duke’s Countdown to Craziness on Oct. 18 will be televised as an appetizer. Though it will essentially just be an intrasquad scrimmage, Duke fans will be watching intently, and there are plenty of aspects to turn a critical eye toward.
For one thing, there will be a lot of new faces.
The Blue Devils lost three key seniors in Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry. But, of course, Coach K has plenty of talent vying to replace the contributions that trio made last season.
All interested parties will be keenly interested in how much the returning players have improved and which ones can emerge as team leaders.
Meanwhile, fans and analysts are waiting with bated breath to see the newly arriving recruits—including one of the nation’s top prospects in Jabari Parker—and the now eligible transfer Rodney Hood.
So for all the deciphering of players’ performances that will be going on, these five things are the most important things to watch for in Duke’s Countdown to Craziness.