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Last year’s roster featured a plethora of talented wing scorers, a fact that served as both a gift and a curse for the Devils.
In some games, players like Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon would be on fire and lead the team to an easy victory. Other times, Duke would rely on their one-on-one play too much and fumble away games down the stretch.
Many fans were left with a sour taste for all the isolation plays when Hood and Parker both struggled in Duke’s season-ending loss to Mercer. Those fans will be happy to see a more organized team next year.
There are many reasons for Duke to run a different system in 2014-15. The Devils will not have the abundance of elite small forwards they had last year, but they will add freshman Tyus Jones at point guard.
The highly touted Jones is known for his on-court instincts, and with his passing ability, Duke will be running more set plays and fewer isolation plays.
Tyus will set the tone for the offense, calling the plays and making sure all players are where they need to be for the offense to get going. With him leading the way, other guards such as Sulaimon, Quinn Cook and Matt Jones will hopefully follow suit and look for the team’s best shot first rather than their own.
Cook and Sulaimon both struggled to understand their roles at times last year, and both would benefit from a free-flowing offensive system featuring quick passes and sneaky cuts off the ball. With Tyus running a pass-first offense, everyone on the team will remain attentive, knowing they could get the pass and score on any possession.