For college basketball players, the offseason is a time to improve their games. Players are able to look back on the season in order to remedy their biggest weaknesses as well as look ahead to next year’s roster and anticipate how they need to change their game in order to take on a bigger role.
A new role on a team can mean a number of things for a player. From simply playing a few more minutes to blossoming into an off-court leader, a player’s ability to improve over the summer goes a long way to determining the team’s level of success during the following season.
For the Duke Blue Devils, many players will have new responsibilities next season due to the large amount of roster turnover the team is going through. Duke lost its two top scorers (Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood), its best perimeter defender (Tyler Thornton), its three-point specialist (Andre Dawkins) and its best bench celebrator (Josh Hairston).
Coach K will try to replace the losses by blending the top recruiting class in the country with a group of solid returning veterans. Here are the top things each projected starter will need to do next year in order to make the team better.