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Post#1 » by Duke4life831 » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:06 pm

Just thought I would start this because I think Duke has enough guys to talk about and I can get pretty long winded and detailed when talking about my Duke guys, so thought a dedicated thread to them would be more be a more appropriate place for the more long winded and detailed posts, instead of making the overall draft thread harder to read haha.

Main Duke draft prospects:
Paolo
Wendell Moore
Trevor Keels
Mark Williams

Questionables:
Jeremy Roach
AJ???

The way I personally see them at the moment.
Paolo: top 2 pick
Moore: Late lotto
Keels: mid-late 1st
Mark: mid-late 1st

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Post#2 » by BigGargamel » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:10 pm

Agree fully. I have all four in my first round.

https://sportsgamingrosters.com/2021/11/27/2022-nba-mock-draft-extended-version-v-1/

(sorry for the plug!)

I don't know if Moore will quite go lottery because those teams go more after potential, but for a playoff team looking for that Chris Duarte type, he's perfect. Can shoot, handle the ball and play defense. Glad to see him finally realize his potential.
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Post#3 » by Duke4life831 » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:29 pm

BigGargamel wrote:Agree fully. I have all four in my first round.

https://sportsgamingrosters.com/2021/11/27/2022-nba-mock-draft-extended-version-v-1/

(sorry for the plug!)

I don't know if Moore will quite go lottery because those teams go more after potential, but for a playoff team looking for that Chris Duarte type, he's perfect. Can shoot, handle the ball and play defense. Glad to see him finally realize his potential.


I think one benefit Moore will have is his age. He is pretty much the age of a sophomore and not a junior.

3 months younger than Mobley
3 months younger than Suggs
1 month younger than Barnes
1 week older than Cade

All of those guys would be Sophomores this year. So age wise that wont be held too much against him. I also think with this not looking like the most stacked lotto, if he can keep this level of play up. I can see a team taking him in the late lotto because of his versatility on both ends.
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Post#4 » by clyde21 » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:42 pm

so what's gonna happen to Griff now? just gonna ride the bench? should he pull a JJ and dip?
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Post#5 » by Duke4life831 » Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:05 pm

clyde21 wrote:so what's gonna happen to Griff now? just gonna ride the bench? should he pull a JJ and dip?

I honestly think if he dips early or stays for the rest of the year and declares, it could be a Kahlil Whitney situation. The situations are pretty similar.

Athletic 6'6 guard/wings who were ranked 11th in their class by 247. Both didnt show much early on in the season and ended up out of the rotation. Whitney ended up going undrafted.

You can take that risk if your AJ and have the thought process of wanting to either make the NBA or play in the G League regardless and get out of college ball. Or he could transfer.

As a Duke fan I will say Keels/Moore/Paolo/Mark will be gone next year. That is 4 out of the starting 5 will be gone. They have a stacked class coming in but its mostly bigs. Whitehead is a wing but that is only 1 elite wing coming in. So Duke could be looking at another good team next year and an open starting spot for AJ to fill. He could be thinking he could have a Wendell Moore kind of turn around and rebuild his draft like Moore has (but in 2 years and not 3).

It will be very interesting to see what he does. But unless there is an injury, he wont be in the rotation this year. K is in clear championship mode with this team. Its obvious when he feels like he has a team that can win it all. That rotation gets tight early in the season and he will ride it all season long. He has his 7 man rotation locked in with this team already.
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Post#6 » by TraBuch » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:07 am

I have a really hard time seeing Griffin going the Jalen Johnson route. Dude’s a huge Duke fan, he was the first commit of this class like two years ago. I think Griffin has the mentality where he’s gonna practice his ass off to get playing time.
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Post#7 » by CptCrunch » Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:24 am

Griffin is gonna get drafted by his daddy in Toronto.

He should just fake an injury and pull out this year. Go hide in Canada like Thon Maker for a year. Ride his RSCI ranking residual effects to a lotto pick.
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Post#8 » by akhan786 » Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:24 am

The situation on AJ is that he still isn’t fully 100% yet in getting his feet under him. The Duke staff fully expects that to change and are banking on it to reach their full potential in March. He still doesn’t have his full lift yet. His family doesn’t want K to overdo it so stop trying to blame him. This is how you handle a valuable physical specimen that hasn’t gotten his league contract yet. Especially when he’s been out for 2 years and needs to relearn how to trust his body.
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Post#9 » by Duke4life831 » Wed Dec 1, 2021 3:33 pm

Pretty weak showing all around on the offensive end for everyone involved last night not named Moore. Paolo needs to add a little variety to his game, he's too willing to float around the perimeter. He and K both need to take advantage of his size and strength and use him down low more often. Not saying that should be the only way he is used, but when everyone's shot including his has gone cold, draw up a play that gets him in the low post to take advantage of his size and strength.

Keels continues to be an abomination on the offensive end. Outside of the UK game, he is averaging 10ppg on 10.6 shots and a beautiful 31/30/66 shooting line.
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Post#10 » by Duke4life831 » Wed Dec 1, 2021 4:12 pm

akhan786 wrote:The situation on AJ is that he still isn’t fully 100% yet in getting his feet under him. The Duke staff fully expects that to change and are banking on it to reach their full potential in March. He still doesn’t have his full lift yet. His family doesn’t want K to overdo it so stop trying to blame him. This is how you handle a valuable physical specimen that hasn’t gotten his league contract yet. Especially when he’s been out for 2 years and needs to relearn how to trust his body.


Lets put an accurate timeline on this:
January 2020: hurt his knee and would've returned that season but COVID cut the season short
Early Spring 2021: Had a very minor ankle injury and chose to focus on practicing for the upcoming college season instead of playing high school spring basketball
Duke summer sessions: practices with the team
Oct 8th: Sprains his knee
Oct 26th: He is practicing with the team in full drills

Okay so took spring to focus on training and was with Duke and practice with them all summer up until Oct 8th when he hurt his knee and was out for 2.5 weeks. He's been fully practicing for over a month now. He himself came out 2 weeks ago saying he is 100% healthy and fully back physically.

What we are seeing isn't someone being protected from overdoing it. If that was the case, AJ would have a minute cap for each game. He couldn't play more than 15 or 20 minutes a game, we see that all the time. AJ played 18 minutes in the exhibition which was over a month ago. He played 16 minutes against Gardner-Webb then followed that up with 21 minutes against Lafayette 3 days later. He has played 8 minutes total in the last 2 games.

No minute restriction, no knee brace, since summer practice he has missed 2.5 weeks of practice and has been back fully practicing for over a month. When he gets into games he has a very short leash and not because of anything physical. Last game for example, was in the game for 1 minute, took a pull up midrange shot and was off. The second that shot missed, the sub was on his way to the scorers table.

That's not a physical thing, that is a being out of K's rotation thing. I think anyone who has watched enough K can easily tell who is and isn't in K's rotation. If you arent in the rotation and you see time on the court, you need to perfect because the first mistake you get pulled and youre done. That has been K's thing since the early 2000s. He has extremely tight rotations and plays a very short bench.
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Post#11 » by jezzerinho » Wed Dec 29, 2021 3:53 pm

AJG is beginning to show why he was a preseason top 5 player in a lot of people's eyes.

Let's see how the kid progresses but the signs are excellent. As a Magic fan, I'm probably predisposed to value what AJ has over some of the other prospects but he has a truly tantalizing skillset and an IQ way ahead of a lot of his peers.
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Post#12 » by Duke4life831 » Wed Dec 29, 2021 7:16 pm

Ill gladly admit when I was wrong and I look really dumb with my takes of not believing AJ would be able to crack the rotation. Been far too many times in the past seeing talented guys lose their spot in the rotation and never having a chance of getting back in it.

Virginia Tech isnt great, but it was a conference game and AJ was the first one off the bench and Duke was actually down at the half and AJ still was coming in while Duke was down.

My next question is, if the AJ that has shown up recently continues to show up, how much longer until he is part of the starting lineup? Having a hard time seeing why Roach remains in the starting lineup over AJ.

AJ is the better shooter, he is the better rebounder, and he would give Duke a ridiculously versatile defensive perimeter with Moore/Keels/AJ.

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