Duke's Future Seems on Point at McDonald's All-American Game
If Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American game is any indication, Duke fans don't have much to worry about regarding the team's future point guard.
By all accounts the next great Duke point guard is a high school graduation and a summer away from joining the Blue Devil program.
When current senior point guard Jon Scheyer plays in his final game or two, then graduates it won't take long for Irving to step up and help fill the void.
While Scheyer is undeniably Duke's leader and could never be full replaced, the addition of Irving will help to easy the growing pains.
Irving played 18 minutes scored 13 points, added two assists, three steals, and two rebounds. While like most All-Star Games it was a turnover laden, defensive optional contest, Irving showed Duke fans what is to come.
For starters he is exceptionally quick. He showed glimpses of the type of on the ball defender that coach Mike Krzyzewski likes to put on the opposing teams playmaker.
He is also lightening quick with the ball in his hand. I can easily understand the comparisons to former Duke guard Jason Williams.
Irving will be able to get the ball in the lane. From there he can collapse the defense and kick it out, feed the big guys in the post, or finish the play himself.
In all fairness to Scheyer, who has a score first mentality when he gets to the lane, Irving will be able to help maximize the athleticism of Duke's Miles and Mason Plumlee. He will be able to get them the ball in a position to score down in the low post.
His quickness should create opportunities for Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, if he returns.
Probably the most pleasantly surprising aspect of his game that was witnessed was his shooting ability.
Often pure point guards aren't always dead-eye shooters, but Irving showed off a nice stroke. On a couple of occasions he would take a step-back, almost fade-away jumper with a man in his face and hit nothing but the bottom of the net.
His ability to create his own shot will only add to Duke's offensive weaponry next year.
All and all it was a very impressive performance in what is otherwise a sloppy game full of cherry picking dunks, no real offensive sets, or defensive effort.
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