Duke Blue Devils basketball power rankings

November 19, 2015

If you were a coach, which of these players would you prefer in your program?

1) A one-and-done big man who's an immediate starter and plays at an all-conference (but not All-America) level—basically an Aaron Gordon-level freshman


2) A top-50 recruit who's not ready to make a big impact as a freshman, but after that, gives you three seasons of highly efficient role-player scoring and strong rebounding?

Two is my answer, and two is, as you may have guessed, Blue Devils senior Amile Jefferson, who was one of the few bright spots in their loss to who was one of the few bright spots in their loss to Kentucky in the Champions Classic, and has grown into a valuable four-year asset for Coach K. Jefferson had 16 points and 15 boards on Tuesday, and looks well on his way to shooting better than 63% from the field for the third straight season, as well as serving as a major offensive-rebounding weapon. He already has 21 O-rebs this season in 91 minutes played.

Next up: 11/20 vs. VCU in New York, 11/22 vs. Wisconsin/Georgetown in New York

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