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Where Duke Ranks In All Of The Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25s

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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 22: Tre Jones #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts to a basket against the North Dakota State Bison in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Duke's men's basketball program had a disappointing finish to the 2018-19 season, as the Blue Devils fell to Michigan State in the Elite Eight.

Coach K's team will look a lot different in 2019-20, as Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish (probably, anyway) will be off to the NBA.

Tre Jones is back, though, and the Blue Devils are bringing in another elite recruiting class.

Duke is expected to start the season ranked somewhere inside the top 10.

Here's where Duke is ranking in all of the way-too-early preseason top 25 polls.

ESPN: No. 6

"Five-star Wendell Moore brings some scoring and toughness to the wing, and right now Duke is considered the favorite for unsigned top-10 prospect Matthew Hurt," ESPN writes.

Full poll here.

Sports Illustrated: No. 5

"This is a group that will need to jell quickly to contend, and you can expect a more interior-focused approach, with Carey as a focal point. Don’t expect them to dominate like they did this season, but Duke should, again, look like Duke," SI writes.

Full poll here.


"The Blue Devils will lose lottery picks Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish, but fellow freshman Tre Jones announced plans to return.. Jones and a solid group of role players will blend well with the usual top recruits Mike Krzyzewski brings in. This year's class is headed by No. 1 big man Vernon Carey Jr," USA TODAY writes.

Full poll here.

Sporting News: No. 5

Full poll here.

Jon Rothstein: No. 5


The 2019-20 season can't get here soon enough.