Duke Open Practice Observations
BlueDevils00 Oct 2, 2:53 p.m.
Awesome, looking forward to it!
Brackettville Oct 2, 1:31 p.m.
Nice analysis BP. I will be at the Blue/White game on the 18th. I will post a thread about my takeaways as well. This team could be the real deal. Deep, athletic and mature.
kmorrevenge Oct 2, 1:14 p.m.
oh boy, come on marky. Im shocked you are still living that lie.
BlueDevils00 Oct 2, 10:32 a.m.
Great point. I read an article that said this Duke team might mirror what the Heat have done recently. Yeah, you're gonna get beat up on the inside sometimes, but McGary and those big men will also have to defend Jabari on the perimeter... which will be hilarious.
903 sing Terry Watson sing Oct 2, 10:01 a.m.
Yeah, you don't need a dominant big man anymore to succeed. As long as you have a 4 on the floor that can hold down the post and rebound. Just look at what the Heat have done over the last two years.
BlueDevils00 Oct 2, 9:37 a.m.
That lineup may seem small but in reality Hood and Jefferson are 6'8" and Parker is 6'9", all are strong and play sound defense. Rebounding should not be an issue either-- I was extremely impressed with Jefferson and Parker's rebounding at practice, they were all over the boards and got the outlet pass out quick to Cook for instant fast breaks (Cook looks lightning quick, a 1-man fast break).
BlueDevils00 Oct 2, 9:35 a.m.
Last year I was one of the main people asking why Coach K wasn't playing MP3 or Murph more... after 2 hours of practice, I see exactly why. They just aren't confident in themselves yet and it shows.
Cook, Sulaimon, Hood, Parker, Jefferson starting.
Dawkins, Thornton, Hairston off the bench.
Jones, MP3, Ojeleye, Murphy play sparingly. Jones and MP3 have the ability to play more with specific roles (Jones as a floor-stretcher and shooter, MP3 as a defensive/rebounding presence against elite big men).
seedofdoubt Oct 1, 11:28 p.m.
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BlueDevils00 Oct 1, 3:38 p.m.
Yeah, he was moving around very well and soared over 2 guys for an amazing dunk in the lane at one point. He just looks rusty -- he lacks a go-to move in the post, his footwork needs to be improved, he fouls too much on defense, and lacks confidence in his shot around the rim.
He has all the physical tools to end up being a very good Center at Duke (this year or at very least sometime in the next 3 years), but right now I understand why Coach K hasn't been playing him very much.
Honestly, he reminds me of Miles Plumlee during his junior/senior years. He will make incredible dunks and block shots out of nowhere, but doesn't have a consistent post-up game and is slightly out of control.
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