It’ll be hard for Duke to replicate the hype that surrounded this year’s team, but the ACC powerhouse will feature another strong core for the 2019-20 season.
The days of Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett dismantling their opponents in a Duke uniform have come to an end. Cam Reddish and Marques Bolden also announced their decision to forgo their remaining eligibility.
Although Mike Krzyzewski has to replace a lot of firepower for next season, the incoming recruiting class is quite talented in its own right.
Duke has the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, which features five-star recruits like Vernon Carey and Matthew Hurt. Coach K also has a decent core of players that can provide leadership.
Tre Jones, Alex O’Connell, Jack White and Javin DeLaurier should all play major roles for the Blue Devils next season.
Krzyzewski spoke about the main difference in his roster heading into next season at the annual “K Academy” Fantasy Basketball Camp. It took place two weeks ago at the Blue Devils’ practice facility.
“Hopefully they interact with the upper classmen. A lot will be expected of them, especially the two big guys because we do not have a lot of depth at big. Again, we will play a style that will be suited to what we have. We are really excited about Wendell (Moore). He’s a winner and plays everywhere on the court and Cassius (Stanley) late, athletically and basketball-wise he can contribute. I think a lot more balance and hopefully be a deep team and a healthy team.”
Last season, the Blue Devils didn’t have much depth going into the NCAA Tournament.
The hope is that Duke won’t be so reliant on its stars next season, but instead, receive contributions from multiple players.