Duke Basketball: Reasons to Be Excited for Next Season

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Duke Basketball: Reasons to Be Excited for Next Season
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The time has come for Duke fans to stop dwelling on the team’s disappointing loss to Mercer and start getting excited about next season!

The best part about being a fan is often the optimism that comes with anticipating next year. Without the reality that comes with watching actual games, we are able to focus only on the positive and create our own narrative for the next season. Who’s to say some rarely used freshman will not turn into an all-conference performer next season? Or maybe a career role player will pull a Casey Prather and suddenly turn into a star as a senior. The point is no one can prove you wrong for a couple of months.

Fans must be wary because catching a case of the summer anticipation bug can have dire consequences. I am still trying to recover from spending the entire summer of 2010 watching Kyrie Irving highlights. The risk is high when you allow yourself to dream of next year, but an entire offseason of imagining an invincible, best-case scenario team is worth the risk of being horribly wrong and disappointed once the games start.

Without further ado, here are the things Duke fans should be most excited about (whether they end up regretting it or not) for next season.

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