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The 6â€™9 Amile Jefferson could get the starting spot in the post for Duke -in fact, all signs are pointing to that as the case. With Duke expected to run a much more up-tempo style of offense this would feed right into the theory that Amile will get the nod at center. Being much leaner at around 215lbs, quick and a good finisher, Amile is a perfect fit for that quick strike offense that we are expecting to see. The only drawback to Amile being the man in the middle in the half-court is the same as what makes him perfect for the faster style, his size. While 6â€™9 and 215 isnâ€™t too small for a college 5, he will definitely be, at times, giving up a good amount of height and weight although his 7 foot wingspan should aid him at both ends of the court.
Duke is working to put good weight on the slight Jefferson and you can definitely see the change in his physique. If the added mass, weight and strength stick he could very well handle the center position in up-tempo or half-court situations. The added weight should pay pretty obvious and immediate dividends for Amile on the court. Hopefully the sophomore will be able to hold his position on the block and be stauncher around the rim. Duke will need his rebounding and put-back abilities especially if Marshall Plumlee isn’t able to give Coach K and staff the minutes they want from him.