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Musings from the Nike Global Challenge

By July 21, 2013July 24th, 2013No Comments

Tyus Jones
What I saw when watching Tyus Jones has to be taken with the knowledge this is after 2 days of games with not an extreme amount of rest. Jones seemed to have a real mind for the game being extremely good at knowing when to drive and when to dish and being able to make that snap decision and make the correct one. He’s not a big guy but does not shy away from contact. Cerebral assassin is a good name.

Grayson Allen
Another heady player Allen, has already committed to the Blue Devils and seemed to jump onto the national scene in a hurry and made it known early that Duke was the team to beat.    What I took away from his performance in the championship game is that he is an ultra competitive person. His will to win seemed to be greater than most of his teammates which to me signals he will fit right in at Duke. He clearly isn’t afraid to take the reigns and isn’t one to just settle for the outside shot. While he has become adept shooter to play him simply for the jumper is to do so at your rims peril. His handle is becoming a real solid piece of his game and he will blow by a defender if the opportunity arises and finishing at the rim is his strong suit. I cannot wait to see this kid in Duke blue, probably more than most players I’ve watched.

Devin Booker
Devin Booker has been known mostly for his picture perfect shooting touch and his form is spot on but he like Grayson Allen is not afraid to take his game to the rim.  Booker is a good decision maker on the court and is surprisingly athletic and while not a huge guy his shoulders are broad and he’s lot more toned than I had thought.

Rashad Vaughn
It’s doubtful Duke will attain the services of Rashad Vaughn he is an uber-athletic guard with hops and a shot.

Ivan Rabb
Rabb is just simply a finisher, with the ball he is a guy that will deliver a dunk, he has developed some nice  moves to get free in the paint and they generally end with the ball being flushed.

Elijah Thomas
Elijah is just a load in the paint, he is a space eater and nimble for a guy his size. 6’9 is his height but I’ve seen him listed as 230 pounds and I would have to say he is much bigger than that. He’s kid but a man in the middle. He has a variety of moves has soft hands and really operates well in traffic.

Reid Travis
I can understand Dukes interest in the 6’8 PF, I can see shades of Mason Plumlee in his game, although a little shorter the body type is similar and he definitely wants to dunk everything that comes his way. He is a hard worker and seems like the type of player that will do the small things that may go unnoticed. He is a big strong kid who also is being recruited by schools for football as well.

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