Last year, Duke had a talented roster but a somewhat redundant one. The team had more scorers than it needed but far less defense and interior depth. For much of the season the good outweighed the bad, but the year ended in disaster with the loss to Mercer.
This year’s team has similar raw talent, and its players may end up fitting together better than last season’s.
Duke’s players this year bring a mix of size, defense and offense that complement each other very well. The Devils have a much more flexible team and will be able to match up with different types of teams due to the players’ versatility.
Each potential starter’s particular skill sets will allow the team to do specific things it would not be able to pull off without that player. Here are the impacts to look for from each potential starter.