Thoughts on Duke’s Domination of Siena


Oh boy is Grayson Allen something else. Now it is only the first game for Duke and it was only against Siena but Grayson Allen showed you his ability from the opening tip. He was driving, dunking and passing his way into 26 points, 20 of them in the first half. Other bright spots were the play of Amile Jefferson who had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Matt Jones who provided stellar defense and chipped in with his own 10 points.

This game was similar to a preseason game in that the score of the result was never in doubt but everyone on the team received some playing time. Nothing too important can be taken from the first game of the season but it is not entirely meaningless. This was the freshmen’s first taste of Division I college basketball in Cameron Indoor. Every dribble Brandon Ingram, Luke Kennard, Derryck Thornton and the others take is valuable in their development down the road in March and hopefully April. These are the things that stood out to me.

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1. This will be Grayson Allen’s last year in Durham

Allen flirted with the draft last year after his short time in the NCAA Tournament and it looks like he spent some serious time in the weight room gearing up for the scoring load that he is undertaking this year. He looks like a NBA player right now. From his body, to his attitude, to his play. He is a pro and every Duke fan needs to appreciate him this year. Watch for Allen to challenge for Player of the Year honors, not only in the ACC but the country as well.

2. Luke Kennard will play a vital role on this team

It is apparent as soon that Kennard steps on the floor that he is looking to score. His offensive game is smooth as silk for a freshmen. He is a knock down three point shooter who is also skilled enough with the ball to play point guard. I expect Kennard to play a ton this year, especially when Duke is struggling to score.

3. Amile Jefferson will be the most consistent Blue Devil

Jefferson is not the most talented player on the team but he will be the most reliable. From defense to offensive rebounding to hustle plays, Jefferson is the glue of this team. He will not score 19 points every night like he did tonight but his post game looks improved and he will always be around the rim for tip backs and offensive rebounds. Jefferson is the leader on the floor.

Early season games will provide this team a chance to gel and with a game against Kentucky next week looming, Duke will look to prove what kind of team they can be this year.