I thought it would be interesting to track the comparison between former Duke guard Gerald Henderson and current Duke guard Cassius Stanley through their first 14 games. There are clear similarities in the style of play between the two guards and in size with Stanley having the slight edge in height at 6'6 to Henderson's 6'5 and Henderson having the advantage in weight at 215 to Stanley's 193lb frame. Both are dynamic athletes who can play the game above the rim, finish through contact, quick-handed on defense and both are decent rebounders for their position.
Gerald and Cassius didn't come into similar situations. Henderson came into a situation where the team was guard heavy along with fellow freshman Jon Scheyer, the Blue Devils also had a junior DeMarcus Nelson and a sophomore Greg Paulus. Stanley entered Duke with a much more necessary role and with the Blue Devils Losing Boogie Ellis to Memphis, as he reneged on his commitment, left the Blue Devils short on the perimeter in terms or athleticism - Stanley was bound to start whereas Henderson only started 10 games his freshman year. Stanley has started all 14 which equals more reps and more opportunity so far this year.
Team wise the similarities continue with the average height of both teams being exactly 6'6, the average years experience (weighted by minutes) had Henderson's team slightly less experienced at .8 years of experience to 1.1 years for this years Duke team.
After 14 Games Played
Duke fans are hoping that their respective teams have very different post season results. Henderson's team finished 22-11 and 8-8 in the ACC, good for 7th place earning a 6th seed in the NCAA Tournament. That Duke squad suffered a heartbreaking loss as Eric Maynor hit a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left to give Virginia Commonwealth a 79-77 upset victory over the Blue Devils in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. A game in which Greg Paulus scored 25 points and Josh McRoberts 22 points for the Blue Devils. Henderson had 8 in the game.
Henderson finished the year averaging 6.8 points, 29 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game for his freshman season.