With Duke gearing up for the 2013-14 season and the NBA Draft less than a month away, we took to Twitter to answer some questions our readers submitted to @dukebasketball.
There’s a lot to talk about now, so let’s dive in:
— Spencer Tribout (@CallMe_Tribout) May 28, 2013
— Scott Baytala (@ScootyB252) May 30, 2013
Bobby Colton: As we learned last season, the starting lineup can change without any warning whatsoever. All through the exhibition season we were led to believe Quinn Cook and Alex Murphy would both start, yet when Duke opened up the season it was Tyler Thornton and Rasheed Sulaimon running with the first unit. As far as I can tell, there will be four guarantees in the starting lineup. Cook will be the team’s starting point guard. The 6-foot-1 guard out of Washington D.C. earned the assignment after averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 assists per game last season. Cook proved to be a true distributor and displayed a refined 3-point shot that made defenses stay honest. Sulaimon will start on the wing due to his ability to be an impact two-way player. He could very well be Duke’s best offensive and defensive player this season. Jabari Parker, the freshman ranked No. 2 in his class by ESPN, will start at one forward spot and could very well be the team’s best player this year. Sophomore transfer Rodney Hood also has a forward spot locked in. In his freshman year at Mississippi State, Hood showed considerable potential by averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
That leaves one more spot in the front court. The candidates for that spot include sophomore Amile Jefferson, redshirt sophomore Marshall Plumlee and senior Josh Hairston. I expect this spot in the starting lineup to be fluid all year, but my guess is that head coach Mike Krzyzewski will give a vote of confidence to his senior and start Hairston opening day. There will be an open competition this offseason between the three players, and though Hairston may be the least skilled of the trio, he provides experience that neither of the other two can offer.