Duke Basketball: How to Turn Ryan Kelly into a Legitimate Blue Devils Star

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IJune 29, 2012

Duke Basketball: How to Turn Ryan Kelly into a Legitimate Blue Devils Star

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    Ryan Kelly may not have been the key ingredient to the Duke Blue Devils this past season, but he has the talent to be a legitimate Blue Devils star next season.

    With Austin Rivers gone, Duke will have to find production elsewhere and Kelly is capable of putting up a lot more points than 11.8 per game.

    Read on to see how to turn Ryan Kelly into a legitimate Blue Devils star. 

Let Him Shoot

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    It is no mystery that Ryan Kelly is a good shooter. However, he only averaged 7.8 shots per game last season and managed to make 44 percent of those shots.

    Kelly is a dagger from behind the arc, shooting 40.8 percent, but he does not take enough shots from deep range.

    He obviously was not the main producer for Duke last season, and he may not be in the 2013 season, but Kelly's point production will go up quite a bit when he is given the green light more. 

Develop a Post Game

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    Ryan Kelly may be one heck of a shooter, but he can sometimes fall in love with his shot way too much, and he doesn't always make it as much as he should.

    Kelly stands at 6'11'' and he needs to learn how to use that height. What makes Kelly so effective is the fact that he can draw other big men out to the three-point line to try and contest his shot.

    He would have the whole package if he posted up and also drove to the hoop every now and then.

More Playing Time

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    Ryan Kelly may have averaged 25.9 minutes per game last season, but that was still around five minutes less than Austin Rivers and Seth Curry.

    Kelly will be on the court more than he was last year, which will alone make his production go up. 

    In 25.9 minutes per game, Kelly was able to put up 11.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. He was third on the team in both of these departments. 

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