Predicting Duke’s 2017-18 Starting Lineup – UPDATED

Duke’s roster is finally set for next year. Everyone has declared or graduated and they are officially done with recruiting for the 2017-18 season (thank you Marvin Bagley III!). There will be a lot of change on the roster next year.

They lost four players due to early entry to the NBA Draft (Giles, Jackson, Kennard, Tatum). They lost three players to graduation (Jefferson, Jones, Pagluica). They also lost two players to transfer (Jeter, Obi).

The Blue Devils, however, will bring in the #1 recruiting class in the nation with seven freshmen.

The roster going into next season will look like

Player Position Height Year
Grayson Allen G 6-5 Sr.
Marvin Bagley III F 6-10 Fr.
Brennan Besser G 6-5 Jr.
Marques Bolden C 6-11 So.
Wendell Carter Jr. F 6-10 Fr.
Javin DeLaurier F 6-10 So.
Trevon Duval G 6-3 Fr.
Jordan Goldwire G 6-2 Fr.
Alex O'Connell G 6-5 Fr.
Justin Robinson F 6-9 Rso.
Gary Trent Jr. G 6-5 Fr.
Jordan Tucker F 6-7 Fr.
Antonio Vrankovic C 7-0 Jr.
Jack White F 6-7 So.

When we first did this back in May, my starting five was Duval, Allen, Tucker, Carter Jr., and Bolden. But after a few months, and the addition of Bagley, my new starting five is…

  • Trevon Duval
  • Grayson Allen
  • Gary Trent Jr.
  • Marvin Bagley III
  • Wendell Carter Jr.

Conventional wisdom would say that Trevon Duval (#1 PG in the country) will start as Duke has not been able to find a replacement for Tyus Jones since he left early for the NBA. Duval has drawn comparisons to Derrick Rose and John Wall. He could be Duke’s most dynamic point guard since Kyrie Irving.

Even though he played well off the bench towards the end of the season, Grayson Allen should start his senior season. Coach K loves his seniors as we saw last year with Matt Jones getting a lot of starts. Duke will need his outside shooting as they have lost a lot with Jackson, Kennard, and Tatum all leaving early for the NBA Draft.

Wendell Carter Jr., Duke’s other Top 10 recruit, will get the start at the center spot. Carter does have the ability to step out and hit a jump shot as well as a three pointer. While he isn’t the same shooter, he can give the Blue Devils a stretch four (depending on the lineup) / center that can post up and hit the outside shot like Ryan Kelly.

With the addition of Bagley, that pushes Marques Bolden to the bench. Bolden has been working hard this offseason and has been looking great in various workout videos posted on social media, but Coach K is going to start the #1 recruit in the country. Bagley, like Carter, can step out and hit a 3, or post up. He’s also tough on the glass and provides a defensive presence. He will benefit greatly from playing with Trevon Duval.

Originally I had Jordan Tucker in the lineup because of his three point scoring ability. But with the others currently penciled in the lineup, Gray Trent Jr. looks to be the better fit with this group. He will be able to drive and score, or step out and hit a three.

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