Duke Now

2014-15 Duke basketball preview

Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor came to Durham with high expectations. They won't have long to try and make good on them
Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor came to Durham with high expectations. They won't have long to try and make good on them Chuck Liddy

Basketball season is almost here.

And, to get you ready to sound smart when speaking with friends, check out all of our Duke hoops preview material. The main stories can be summed up with a one-word theme: maturity.

*** Maturity must come fast for freshmen if Duke wants success

It’s easy to forget that these stud freshmen are just 18-year-old boys trying to quickly find their way in an unfamiliar environment. And it can be tough, as both Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon can attest. But Duke doesn’t have time for many freshmen moments from Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow—in Okafor’s case, Mike Krzyzewski is already on record saying he’ll only be here one year.

Possibly my favorite tidbit from the story: In attempt to improve his body, Okafor significantly altered his diet. What he misses most: McDonald’s Sweet Tea.

***Speaking of maturity, Matt Jones described himself as the opposite last year. It was hard to watch his roommate, Jabari Parker, have so much success while he struggled. But now Matt’s mind is in a better place, he feels more comfortable with himself and he’s set to start.

And I’m set to have to remember to use first-name references for Tyus and Matt Jones.

*** Scouting the 2014-15 Blue Devils and breaking down the starting lineup. Who is the go-to guy? Impact rookie? X-factor? What’s the best and worse case scenario? And more.

***Columnist Luke DeCock with a little true/false quiz: As talented as Duke’s freshmen are, will the Blue Devils only go as far as their returning upperclassmen can take them?

***And my guy Joe Giglio with a preview of the ACC as a whole.

For all the latest Duke news, like Duke NOW on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

  Comments