Which Blue Devil would you draft with first overall pick?

Sherman Parsons
November 10, 2018

It's not even going to be close. "You shouldn't have to play well just because you made shots, and they both made shots, but there's a lot of things especially Devon can do in transition".

RJ Barrett made his debut for the NCAA's Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday night and the 18-year-old freshman made some serious noise.

The Jayhawks may have a new-look lineup but they do have plenty of Division I experience.

Meanwhile, there's little graceful about the powerful Williamson.

The Blue Devils showed no flaws in the lid-lifter and that is scary for the deep ACC plus anyone else who may see this behemoth on the schedule. Oddly enough, both teams scored exactly 59 points (Duke) and 42 points (Kentucky) in each half. It's well-intentioned, sure, but it's never going to work.

Typically, a team that is considered well-measured and balanced is seen as such because it has an appropriate level of talent at every position.

"I don't want to make this bigger than it is for those guys or for me".

"I learned something about my team tonight", Spartans coach Tom Izzo said.

But Duke flips that on its head. When he's the third best player, it's clear to see why Kansas is the No. 1 team. "But I'm telling you we have really good players". But this one got away from them because of poor free-throw shooting and sloppy overall play - things that need to be cleaned up quickly. No one gets to have the strength to hammer dunk over a seven-foot post and still have the deftness to maneuver through four men like a guard. Pair them with Stanford transfer Reid Travis, whose 19.5 points a game a year ago ranked him third in the Pac-12, and you have a risky core.

Which Duke standout would you draft with the first pick?

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Williamson might be the top athlete in all of college basketball and showed that he has a unique and rare blend of skills for his size.

Duke freshman Zion Williamson lived up to the hype in his debut on Tuesday, scoring 28 points as Duke routed Kentucky. Perhaps those games bred a feeling of invincibility, which surely contrasted with how the players felt leaving Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Freshman guard Maegan Parham led Central Baptist with 11 points, including 3 three-pointers.

That's what makes this Duke team just so lethal, and it all happened on objective.

It is also a proving ground for the nation's best freshmen.

The guard received less media attention than some of the other recruits in his class. He said we can't give up 87 in a game. Cassius Winston did not have much of an impact early on as Dotson put pressure on the point of attack, creating issues for Sparty trying to run its sets. He and Travis were the only United Kingdom players who gave constant energy.

"We had our chances, but we kind of broke off", Calipari said. Why not do it together? This also resulted in Winston turning the ball over 5 times, and Michigan State committing 18 turnovers as a whole. "We'll take more positives from this than negatives". This cohesiveness and unity at such an early point is the final straw that is guaranteed to break opponents' backs this year.

No. 9 Villanova 100, Morgan St. 77: VILLANOVA, Pa. - Eric Paschall scored 26 points, Phil Booth had 17 and Villanova opened its national championship defense with a win.

Tuesday officially kicked off the start of the college basketball season with the Champions Classic as the finale.

Julia Poe is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism.

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