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FINALE!!! Countdown to the NCAA Season: JNixon-Iggy9's Top 35 Teams (#1)

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FINALE!!! Countdown to the NCAA Season: JNixon-Iggy9's Top 35 Teams (#1)

#1: Duke Blue Devils

Frontline- They lose the mighty 7’2 Brian Zoubek, who I must admit was a relatively key player for Duke with his ability to tip offensive rebounds out to the perimeter. The C spot will either be fought for by the brothers, 6’10 230 Soph. Mason Plumlee, and 6’10 240 Jr. Miles Plumlee, or they could both play together at PF and C respectively. Mason (3.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1 bpg in 14 mpg) is probably the most naturally talented of the two. He has the raw ability to make 15 foot shots, his athleticism is pretty good, and he can face-up and is a solid threat in the triple-threat as he is a good passer, has a good handle and 1st step for a guy his size, and he can score from mid-range some. Still, he’s not very strong or all that tough, and his low post game needs refinement, as it is a bit behind his high-post game (raw back to basket footwork and strength factor in). He should see extended time, and his production will probably raise to around 9 or 10 ppg and 6 or 7 rpg. Miles is stronger and more of a low-post guy than his brother, and he also has some perimeter skills too. Miles was similarly thin as Miles as a Fr., but he looks to have gained 10-15 lbs. His low-post game isn’t refined either, though it is better than Mason’s. He’s a decent rebounder, but his D could improve. I expect him to get about 7 ppg and 6 rpg next year in split time with his brother. The SF/PF will be manned by combo forward and the favorite for N.P.O.Y in Kyle Singler. The 6’8 220 Singler is a very good shooter who can make 15 foot shots and 3’s with nearly the same level of effectiveness, a solid rebounder, competitive, a high IQ guy, and a good passer in Duke’s offense. Still, he isn’t very athletic, quick or strong, his defensive potential isn’t very good, and he’s a little stuck between positions. Singler is also an average ball-handler with mediocre 1st step, and an EXTREMELY poor finisher around the rim (42% on 2-point FG) for a guy that’s 6’8. He should be a decent role-player in the NBA, just depends on what parts of his game translates to the NBA. I think the way guys like Gordon Hayward and Luke Babbitt play/translate their games as rookies will be a good indicator of how Singler will translate as a rookie too (though that isn’t a very good gauge of his long-term projection really). Duke never really plays a big rotation, but Soph. Ryan Kelly and Fr. Josh Hairston provide depth. The 6’9 200 Kelly was too weak to play last year, as well as being very raw and a bad defender and rebounder. Last year was a learning experience for him, and he hopefully knows he needs to get stronger to be effective. Hairston, 6’8 225, is a pretty skilled guy who can face-up, post, and is a solid passer. He’s not all that athletic, but he’s got nice polish for a Fr. This group has very, very good talent and promising young guys too.

Backcourt- This could be the deepest backcourt in college basketball, despite losing the ACC P.O.Y runner-up John Scheyer. Replacing Scheyer figures to be 6’1 185 Fr. Kyrie Irving, a Mickey D’s All-American and a guy who is probably the most talented Duke PG since Jay Williams. Irving is a guy with a strong mid-range game, very good playmaking ability, above average quickness, and impressive handles. He looks outstanding in the pick and roll, and is a threat making open shots spotting up or if you dive screens on him. Sometimes he can try and be too much of a scorer and too much of a playmaker, so finding a consistent balance will be important, but that will come sooner or later. He looks to come in the ACC next year and immediately be a top 2 or 3 PG, if not the best. He reminds me of a young Chris Paul. Expect 14 or 15 ppg and 5 apg from Irving, while being very efficient from deep and from the field. Beside him at the SG spot will be a fight between Andre Dawkins and Liberty transfer Seth Curry (I like Curry to beat Dawkins out though). Dawkins, a 6’4 190 pounder who left HS early if I’m not mistaken, is a very good shooter and a decent athlete who can fill it up from deep at times. He needs to improve his handles to take his game to the next level, and just continue to get more polish to his game as he builds other parts of his game to compliment his shot. At 6’1 180 Curry, the brother of the GS Warriors’ Stephen Curry, is a very good shooter like his brother (probably not quite as good though), and he has smooth athleticism. He’s small and not very quick, but the off-ball movement Duke uses should make him a guy who figures to be an immediately good player. I expect around 12 ppg and 2 or 3 apg next year from him. Another guy who has a chance to be an All-American in Sr. 6’2 SG/PG Nolan Smith. Smith possesses a solid mid and long-range game, he’s one of the best perimeter defenders in the ACC, and he’s got decent athleticism and unselfishness. He needs to improve his handle and playmaking skills, a bit more to prove he can play PG at the next level, but I think he can play beside a ball-dominant SG and be relatively effective. He has a lot of similarities to Mario Chalmers, and could function in a similar role. Big time unit here.

Overview- I think the champs will repeat next year. They have a great frontline and an even better backcourt. Coach K is an elite coach to say the least at this level, and with the free-flowing offense that they run will make them hard to stop offensively with the shooters and stretch guys they have. Hope you guys enjoyed this!


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I thought this like the last

I thought this like the last Indiana Jones movie, good movie.

But terrible ending.

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:(. Hurts me to my core

:(. Hurts me to my core

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Bad Finale.....lol

Good series. But, I really dont think that duke is going to be as dominant as they were last year. What made them so good last year was a lot to with Zoubek's presence in the paint. I don't think Plumlee will fill in the hole.

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Well i appreciate it and the

Well i appreciate it and the other 34 you did

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Zoubek is the biggest thing

Zoubek is the biggest thing they have to replace, no pun intended. Maybe Miles will take on his attitude and toughness with the new beard he's got..

As for you Iggy, Mason Plumlee with "Good" athleticism. U kidding me man? Dude's athletic as hell. He's one of the most athletic bigs in college...

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It's always funny when you

It's always funny when you say someone has a "good" trait and then people go crazy with Youtube videos or say something like he's super athlete. I mean, I gave the guy credit man...Give me a break lol.

Alot of people can make nice dunks in the open floor and stuff. His athleticism is good. There is more to athleticism than dunking my friend. Especially when you're like 6'10. He's not extraordinary, he's pretty good athletically in game situations

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lol alright, im not tryin to

lol alright, im not tryin to bite your head off or anything. But iff u saw that mickey-d's dunk contest against bradley you know mason can jump..

Props on the call with dawkins. He's not particularly fast but he is really bouncy. Being a huge duke fans and watching all their games i think he can really take his game to the next level with some more handles.

Remember that monster dunk he had, either against baylor or WVU? He needs to have more agression and take the ball to the cup like that, instead of drifting and jacking threes all game, because he is a really good finisher.

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also, is Hairston, Lance

also, is Hairston, Lance Thomas 2.0, or could he actually be better? Despite his defensive ability, lance was definately not as good as advertized.

I really wonder how Ryan Kelly will be used. He's not particularly athletic, strong, or a good rebounder, or defender. He's just got a good faceup game and a deadly jumper. Will coach K play him even though he's a defensive liability?

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I know he can dunk, I watched

I know he can dunk, I watched that Dunk Contest. There is more to athleticism than dunking though. Especially at his height. I'm talking agility, leaping, straight-line speed, etc etc. All good, but not excpetional.

And yes. Dawkins is like Wayne Ellington to me. He has a very nice shot and even though he's got leaping ability and a little bit of burst, he doesn't show it that much because he'd rather settle for jumpers. I think he'll develop a 2 dribble pull-up like Ellington did as he developed in college to be more effective though.

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"also, is Hairston, Lance

"also, is Hairston, Lance Thomas 2.0, or could he actually be better? Despite his defensive ability, lance was definately not as good as advertized."

He probably will have similar stats, but I don't know if his impact will be the same as Thomas' was as a Sr. Maybe though, but I don't know if he'll do the dirty work like Thomas did.

"I really wonder how Ryan Kelly will be used. He's not particularly athletic, strong, or a good rebounder, or defender. He's just got a good faceup game and a deadly jumper. Will coach K play him even though he's a defensive liability?"

He won't play until he gets strong enough and gets polished. He really is an empty vessell right now, except he has nice height and shooting skills at 6'9

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I feel you on that. He's not

I feel you on that. He's not really quick and his foot speed isnt exceptional.

Yeah i like that Ellington Comparison. You think he could develop into something like a Gerald Henderson player with his leaping ability, beceause lets face it, Gerald doesnt actually have good quickness or speed.

I wonder what Coach K is gonna do with these guards. Having 4 guards as talented as these guys proves to be a problem when rationing time.

With Irving holding down tons of minutes as the 1 and Smith manning the two, where do the other two guys fit in?

you dont exactly want two possible all americans to spend much time on the bench. I hear a lot about a possible three guard lineup with singler playing the stretch four again. I think that would work at times.

Also who does duke use at the point when Irving isnt playing? God knows nolan smith is terrible when he plays point, as he loses his killer instinct and tries to become too much of a playmaker...

Could curry see time there? I dont really think tyler thornton will get too much time consideration because he's stuck behind a log jam of talented guards.

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I wonder if Hairston or Kelly

I wonder if Hairston or Kelly will turn into that 4 year forward that Coach K has been so desperately trying to recruit.

Ever since Battier he's been trying to get someone to do the same thing with, only everybody who he's attempted to do that with has transferred.

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props on all 35 teams

props on all 35 teams profiled they were all great reads and incredibly insightful. Just for kicks i see alot of blake griffin in mason plumlee. All be it a poor mans griffin but still a kid with sum rare gifts and a lot of room to grow. If he can develop a killer instinct and proves to have a griffin-esque work ethic he could be sumthing special

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He could start the lineup

He could start the lineup like this

PG- Kyrie Irving
SG- Seth Curry
OG- Nolan Smith
PF- Kyle Singler
C- Mason Plumlee

Bench- Miles Plumlee, Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston, Ryan Kelly
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PG- Kyrie Irving
SG- Nolan Smith
SF- Kyle Singler
PF- Mason Plumlee
C- Miles Plumlee

Bench- Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston, Ryan Kelly

When Irving isn't playing, I have to believe Nolan Smith and Seth Curry will be the PG's. I think Smith would probably play more out of the 2 though. Smith isn't a true PG, but he's more of a PG than Curry is I think.

I think with the ability all their frontcourt guys have to stretch and face up, I think they can at times play Irving, Smith, Curry and Dawkins on the floor at the same time in some cases.

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Thanks @jesusshuttlesworth I

Thanks @jesusshuttlesworth

I think Mason Plumlee is more Josh McRoberts than Blake Griffin though. For what it's worth.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Ryan Kelly transferred lol. I'm not confident he'll get strong AND polished enough to be a legit factor for Duke.

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I think Josh Mcroberts is

I think Josh Mcroberts is softer and more perimiter oriented, and a lot more skilled. The athleticism is similar but they play completely different games..

As for blake griffin i see the athleticism but Blake griffin is a beast and attacks the glass relentlessly

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Josh McRoberts played alot

Josh McRoberts played alot like Plumlee when he was in college. Now, McRoberts shoots jump shots and whatever. In college, McRoberts was a high post guy who had an unrefined post game, like Plumlee.

Blake Griffin is like, wayyyy more intense and strong than Plumlee. He's also a much better rebounder and low-post player. If you put Griffin and Plumlee in a cage, my money would be on Griffin, who I think would eat Plumlee and tear off his head. Also, Griffin's a notch or 2 more athletic.

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McRoberts used his dribble to

McRoberts used his dribble to create a lot more than Plumlee does. Plumlee doesnt really have a move that he can use to create his own offense the way mcroberts did

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Man i read all 35 of these

Man i read all 35 of these and they were great good job This season should be a really good one in college basketball I think if the Plumlees dont develop as expected though Duke might not be as good as last years team and even though Kryie Irving is a great talent its hard to see how he adjusts to the college game as a freshman but Duke will be stacked

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I'm really looking forward to

I'm really looking forward to seeing Seth Curry play. Apparantely he is a better shooter than his brother.

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North Carolina recruits

North Carolina recruits getting a little ahead of themselves. Singler looks like a rat, LOL!

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Duke

Has to be the overwhelming favorite going into next year. While they lost 3 starters, one of whom was the conference POY, they still kept a probable lottery to mid first rounder in Singler and a very solid all-around player in Smith. Their shooting will be on point and they will have great size still, as Mason Plumlee had extremely efficient play as a freshman and Miles is basically Mason with less athleticism. So, they have size, which is something they had lacked until last year for quite a while (and honestly, their size was not incredibly evident until they played teams who had much less than they did in West Virginia and Butler) and they have pretty much everything you could want in a college basketball team. At the same time, I pretty much have always hated Duke. I have to give Coach K and that program a considerable amount of respect, he is a great teacher and while people used to rail on Duke for not churning out NBA superstars, over time the players are getting better and since the HS era ended, Duke has definitely obtained recruits who will turn into NBA gold, and they have one right now in Kyrie Irving. Regardless of NBA potential, Duke always seems to have a team that fits Coach K's system and competes, even with coming up short in numerous tourneys before last years inprobable championship. Nonetheless, just do not like Duke. Ingrained in me from a very young age, do not know by whom or what, just knew I did not like Laettner, and almost every successive Blue Devil hereafter. The one I have liked the most is Kyle, due to my Oregon connections, but I was definitely cheering for Butler, though I knew that Kyle was a better player than Gordon Heyward so they stood little chance. The hate of Duke I think really started the first season I started following college basketball hardcore, which was Duke vs. UCONN in 1999. I had known a bit about college, but that season I finally got into the habit of picking my pre-season champion, something I have done every year since (though never in the impressive fashion of Jorye in rankings, well done). I was glued to the TV during that game, and so bloody glad when Trajan Langdon had that last turnover. Ever since, I have never chosen Duke as my pre-season number 1 team and just generally despised them and wished for early tourney exits. I chose Arizona as my number 1 in 2001, when Duke beat them for their last championship, and you better believe I was pissed. So, I will state this year that while my mind does not see anyone at this point better than the Blue Devils, my heart says I am not bucking this trend. If Jorye's list is correct, which it very well may be, I am cheering for MSU like I never have (Well, I rarely have ever cheered for MSU, even though my grandfather is friends with Jud Heathcoate and my family tends to). I will need to research some more before I make my final choice, as it is incredibly difficult as usually a team will come to mind right away with what they have and what they have added, but this year with Duke being such an overwhelming favorite in mine and everyone else's eyes, I am having a hard time of picking who will unseat them. I for one think Michigan State is a super solid team, but I do not get the feeling of them being that team. So, I will look harder for my Duke tamer, but it is out there. The last thing you want to do is go undefeated, as we saw with the Patriots, and I am guessing that at least a couple teams will give Duke an L this year. I am just hoping one of those L's will be in the NCAA Tournament :)

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There was a new one with recruits from 2011, James McAdoo for UNC and Michael Gbinije for Duke

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Of course

Of course Singler has a high basketball IQ, and of course his barometers of success are Gordon Hayward and Luke Babbitt...

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So to you he's a dumb player,

So to you he's a dumb player, and a guy who's dissimilar to Gordon Hayward and Luke Babbitt?

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