Duke Basketball: 5 Players Primed to Perform This Season

Bell Malley@milesmalleyAnalyst IIISeptember 15, 2011

Duke Basketball: 5 Players Primed to Perform This Season

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    Duke has just come off a decent season that saw the Blue Devils reach the Sweet 16. But after sending their best player away to the NBA, they need someone to step up.

    This could be anyone. Kemba Walker did it at UConn last year. He had mediocre seasons his first two years and then broke out his junior year to lead his team to a national championship. 

    So, without further ado, the five Duke players primed to perform this year. 


Andre Dawkins

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    Every year before the season, I expect Andre Dawkins to break out and completely dominate.

    This year, though, is going to be that year.

    We have seen him break out on different occasions like the 2010 March Madness for a couple of games. But this year is the year he becomes a force on the court. 


    Predicted Stats: 12 PPG, 4 APG, 2 RPG 

Tyler Thornton

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    Tyler Thornton was an amazing high school player, but  he still hasn't translated his game to the next level.

    This will change this season.

    He's going to get more playing time and not be behind Kyrie Irving and will get a chance to show what he's got. 


    Predicted Stats: 10 PPG, 6 APG, 1.5 RPG

Seth Curry

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    Here's a guy that I think will have the biggest breakout season of everyone.

    All of Duke's star players left for the NBA last year (Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler, Kyrie Irving), which opens the door for Seth Curry.

    He's one of the purest shooters in college basketball and has shown that he can shoot the lights out, as we have seen against UNC.

    This season he will finally do so on a consistent basis. 


    Predicted Stats: 14.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 2.5 RPG

Austin Rivers

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    This isn't exactly a surprising prediction here.

    Austin Rivers is ranked third on the ESPNU Top 100 for his class and will no doubt be the go-to guy. I see him carrying the Blue Devils to a very successful year and winning ACC Player of the Year. 


    Predicted Stats: 22 PPG, 6 APG, 3 RPG

The Plumlee Brothers

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    Finally, all three of the brothers are at Duke.

    The giants from Indiana should bring a huge defensive presence and grab all the rebounds needed.

    They'll be essential on a team overloaded with guards, which is why they'll all perform at a whole new level.

    Don't expect them to score much, but they will grab a very good amount of boards and provide the defensive presence needed to win games and hopefully a beloved national championship. 


    Predicted Stats: 5 PPG, 8 RPG, 2 APG, 2 BPG