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Core Players And A Lot Of Possibilities For 2020-21 Duke Basketball

When trying to come up with which players will be in the court in crunch time for Duke next season, I keep coming up with four players. My current feeling is that Duke will want true freshman Jalen Johnson, Jeremy Roach, and returnees Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore Jr. on the court most of the time.

We should see a vast improvement from Hurt and Moore, both of whom will be depended upon to lead via knowing the Blue Devils system of doing things. Ideally, you want some older players in the lineup but Duke will be a pretty young team, save two key backups, if you can call them that, in Jordan Goldwire and Joey Baker.

Jalen Johnson is a sure bet one and done talent and Duke will allow him plenty of freedom to grow his game while in Durham. Jeremy Roach will be handed the keys to point guard duties early on as well.

So, I see these four as starters for most of the season which begs the question, who will the fifth starter be? Well, to start, Duke will have a lot of players fill that role and it will come down to how players are working in practice and matchups.

When Duke goes big, they can look to freshman Mark Williams and to a lesser degree Jaemyn Brakefield and Henry Coleman. The staff will also have incoming Columbia transfer Patrick Tape in the mix in the frontcourt. I can see all of these players getting a start and when practice resumes, we will have an idea of who is adjusting to perceived roles.

As for the freshman, Brakefield and Coleman each bring their skillset to the mix. Brakefield is a solid offensive player who can stretch the floor and Coleman is a versatile hard worker around the paint. Williams can be a basket protector and a force in the paint and has continuously improved in the past two years.

But Duke can go smaller as well and this is where I enter another freshman D.J. Steward into the mix. He is a potentially prolific scorer and talented enough to fill that fifth spot. In fact, when I took a poll of the few people I trust, he seemed to be what most considered the best bet for the fifth starting spot.

But, hold on a minute. This is where we talk about Jordan Goldwire. Talk about a hard worker that will get after you defensively. And then there is Joey Baker who is always a three-point threat and a player who can do much more than that.

This is where I tell you that while I have penciled in some perceived starters, it does not mean they will have to play ironman minutes. In fact, there are many lineup possibilities.

Duke can go small and pressure the heck out of teams with Roach, Steward, Goldwire, Moore, and a big. Or they can try and match up with the likes of bigger teams with Williams, Johnson, and Hurt with some help from Tape.

The Blue Devils have tweeners as well to insert into the mix, so at least early in the season, Duke will be able to go as deep as they did a season ago with concern to their lineups. I will go out on a limb and predict up to ten players will get a start at some point in the coming season.

While Duke will be young, they will be deep again this season. The key will be to get back on campus and get accustomed to one another as we all await positive news on the virus which has yet to clear.

Also, keep in mind this is my early take on Duke hoops in 2020-21 and it will change as we get closer to the season. But for now, this is a gauge on what we might expect.

I will be discussing other aspects and possibilities concerning Duke Basketball as we tie several articles in as an early bird preview in the coming days where we'll answer a lot of team questions. And speaking of questions, send any into our bluedevilnation@twitter feed with the hashtag #AskBDN and we will address the best of them.

Patrick Tape Officially a Blue Devil

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced the signing of graduate transfer Patrick Tapé, who will enroll at Duke University and play for the Blue Devils in 2020-21.

Tapé (pronounced tap-ay), a Charlotte, N.C., native and graduate of Queens Grant High School, comes to Duke following an All-Ivy League career at Columbia University. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and shot .613 from the field in his 69-game career for the Lions. He leaves Columbia as the program's career leader in field goal percentage.

"We are very excited to welcome Patrick into our program," said Krzyzewski. "He was an All-Ivy League player at Columbia and should bring a veteran presence to our team as a graduate transfer. He's a strong, skilled and physical player that has a wealth of experience with his back to the basket. We're lucky to have a young man from Charlotte back in the state and look forward to getting him on campus and enrolled in class as soon as we can."

He made 21 starts as a junior and averaged 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and shot .667 (126-of-189) from the field on his way to honorable mention All-Ivy League honors. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after closing the season strong with a pair of 16-point efforts against Brown and Yale. In a three-game stretch early in the season against Power 5 opponents Boston College, Rutgers, and Northwestern, Tapé totaled 50 points (16.7 per game) and shot .710 (22-of-31) from the field.

The Urban Studies major will earn his degree from Columbia and enroll in graduate school at Duke with one year of eligibility remaining. He did not play as a senior while recovering from a foot injury.

Duke Finds a Fit in Patrick Tape’

The one thing the Duke men's basketball staff does before offering a transfer is their due diligence. There have only been six transfers in the Coach Mike Krzyzewski era. A week ago everyone had Duke involved with Harvard's Seth Towns and Yales Jordan Bruner. But both, whole talented, are small forwards.

Earlier this evening Duke got a commitment from Patrick Tape who played for the Columbia Lions a season ago. And it was a perfect fit for Duke which beat out Arizona. Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse for his service.

Tape immediately gives Duke some much-needed post depth where Vernon Carey will soon take his game to the NBA. The Blue Devils also lost the service of seniors Jack White and Javin DeLaurier.

Duke will now have another player to work in the frontcourt with incoming freshman Mark Williams. Before the signing of Tape, it appeared Matthew Hurt would have to play more inside, but now he can play inside out or the stretch position on next seasons team.

One of the things you see when watching film on Tape is that is is a true post player. He is tall at 6-10 and a sturdy 230 pounds and he is physical around the rim.

Many people likely do not know that Tape had a single offer coming out of high school. Yet when he hit the market where players are not allowed to play a fifth year at an Ivy League school. the bluebloods lined up.

That is a testament to how much Tape improved and that big bodies are a commodity. And there is a reason Mike Krzyzewski liked what he saw in Tape -- that being he plays defense.

When asked what the strength of his game was by Jamie Shaw or Phenom Hoops, Tape replied,  "I would say that I am a low post threat, high energy guy. I am looking to expand to the perimeter more, but always looking to get better."

The Blue Devils could be done for the recruiting season if the players expected to leave and return stay as it is right now. You can learn more about that by joining Blue Devil Nation Premium during our one-year special where we break down what we expect to happen.

I think we will see in time that the Blue Devils did their due diligence finding a player that should fit well on the roster.

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