Carrick Felix: Can a Shadow Become a Duke Star?

Curtis Clontz@@curtisclontzCorrespondent IIMay 15, 2010

Duke nation assumed that Final Four MVP Kyle Singler was gone. Many thought he was signing with an agent while cutting down the nets, then he shocked us all. The surprising move was that the guaranteed first-rounder was passing on the money and coming back for his senior year.

Everyone was thrilled, this automatically makes Duke one of the deepest and strongest teams in the nation. Everyone, except for Carrick Felix.

If you have not heard of Felix yet, he is going to strap on a Duke uniform for the first time next year.

Felix is not new to college basketball, he has played a bit. He is actually the first junior college player to ever receive a scholarship from the Coach K regime. That is a huge mark and proof that Duke is evolving.

Carrick is a rare find for Duke. He is a mix between old school Corey Maggette and Demarcus Nelson. He is a solid wing player that will be one of the most athletic players on this team.

A player of this nature is rare because he will be able to provide not only a change of pace from Kyle Singler , but he will be able to provide an instant spark with his high-flying dunks and athletic play.

Don't believe me? Tell me another person on the proposed Duke roster next year that can dunk from the free throw line.

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Ever since his high school days, Felix has been underrated. He was considered a one star recruit which led to him playing at The College of Southern Idaho. 

If he has one huge question mark it would be his health. While at Southern Idaho he suffered a hand injury which resulted in a red shirt year. When Felix plays, he gives it 100 percent. This is a desirable trait, but if he can't stay healthy, then he won't get off of the bench.

Next season he will undoubtedly be second fiddle to Kyle Singler . If the staff can keep him positive, and keep him motivated then he could prove to be an asset off of the bench. If not, then he could find himself buried underneath the shadow that is Kyle Singler

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