The age of one-and-done leading to NCAA Championships appears to have faded away as the new mantra is to “get old, stay old” and while Duke isn’t senior-heavy, they do have experienced talent on the roster for next season.
Coach K’s key returners starts with Wendell Moore, who averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists this past season. Moore, a former top 30 prospect in the 2019 class, is the last man standing from his high school class at Duke and brings important experience to the roster next season.
Moore is a talented slasher who can impact the game as a rebounder and playmaker and will be a key factor in guiding this Duke team out on the floor. An important area for Moore to hone in on this off-season will be his perimeter shooting, as he shot only 30.1% from three this past season.
Next up on the key returners is Jeremy Roach, a former five-star guard in the 2020 class. Duke’s team next year is young at the point guard spot with Roach and incoming freshman Jaylen Blakes.
It was a bit of a rocky season for Roach averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his first year at Duke but utilizing that experience to make a jump in year two will be very important for the Blue Devils next season.
Next up on the list of key returners is Mark Williams, who had a monster end to the 2020-21 season. In his final four games of the season, Williams averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, including a 23-point and 19-rebound performance in a win over Louisville in the ACC Tournament.
Williams exited high school as a five-star prospect and he gave people glimpses as to why during that stretch. Williams has a big opportunity to build on where he left off last season to not just be a reliable piece, but has the ability to be one of the more impactful players in the ACC and can help alleviate the pressure and responsibility that the freshmen could be tasked to carry.