Duke Basketball Player Preview: Chase Jeter

Chase Jeter Duke Commit #2 ThumbThe latest player preview focuses on Chase Jeter. Leading up to the season, we’ll be highlighting each player on the roster in a preview that helps Duke fans get ready for the 2015-16 season.

Last Season

As a high school senior, Chase Jeter helped lead his Bishop Gorman team to a 27-6 record and the school’s fourth consecutive Nevada Division I State Championship. He averaged 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds while shooting nearly 70% from the field, which was good enough to earn him the distinction of being recognized as the Gatorade Nevada Boys Basketball Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All American.

Jeter is one of multiple 5-star recruits in Duke’s 2015 class, arriving as the No. 4 power forward and No. 15 overall player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

2014-15 Stats – High School

16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 67% FG
Averaged 23.6 points and 12.4 rebounds in the postseason

This Season

At 6’10”, 240 pounds, Chase Jeter is expected to be an important part of a Duke frontcourt that’s having to make up for the loss of ACC Player of the Year Jahlil Okafor. While any comparisons for Jeter to Okafor would be foolish, Chase will be part of the committee that attempts to make up for the lost production.

I expect Jeter to start the season coming off the bench behind Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee due to his inexperience, but Jeter is still the frontcourt player with the most potential for the Blue Devils. He should be able to contribute immediately as an interior defender and rebounder, but he also showed nice touch around the basket in high school.

Getting to practice against guys like Amile Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee, and Sean Obi should help him become much tougher over the next year and develop into a major post presence for Duke.

There will be a learning curve for him as a freshman, but hopefully he’ll carve out a consistent role in the rotation and we can enter the 2016 season talking about Jeter as having the potential to be one of the players poised for a breakout sophomore year.