Duke Basketball: Grading each Blue Devil from the Blue-White Scrimmage

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R.J. Barrett

23 points, 9-of-19 shooting, 2-of-6 from three, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Barrett often ran the point and always looked willing to put his Blue squad on his shoulders as he directed a comeback that came up five points short. Had the freshman guard been a bit more selective with his shots and found his open teammates more often — and come away with a win — he would have received a perfect score.

Grade: 95

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Cam Reddish

13 points, 5-of-12 shooting, 2-of-6 from three, 3 rebounds, 3 turnovers

Although Reddish had a nice debut performance in a Duke jersey — he also missed the Canada Tour in August due to injury — he took several ill-advised shots, including an off-balance three early in the contest. He did, however, play through a fractured rib and displayed some of the smooth moves that made him such a highly regarded recruit in high school.

Grade: 92

Marques Bolden

3 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers

Bolden still didn’t contribute as much as Duke basketball fans would like to see. That being said, the junior center showed a bit more hustle — snagging six rebounds in 19 minutes of action — than he often did in his previous two seasons and during the Canada Tour. Hopefully, he can find a way to become more of a playmaker and less of a spectator during the upcoming regular season.

Grade: 83

Justin Robinson

0 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover

Like his dad did during his college days at Navy, Robinson seems to grow more than an inch every year. The redshirt junior also showed growth in his activity level on the glass. However, he left plenty to be desired on the offensive end, taking only take one shot, a blocked three-point attempt that should have never left his hands.

Grade: 80

Jack White

0 points, 0-for-1 shooting, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

White is known for doing the dirty work behind the scenes — work that doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet. And that was certainly the case on Friday night. Although the junior forward didn’t make any mistakes, it would have been nice to see him more involved in the offense (tough to do, though, when Barrett takes so many of the shots).

Grade: 78

Jordan Goldwire

0 points, 0-for-1 shooting, 1 rebound

As expected, Goldwire played gritty defense during his 11 minutes of action. The sophomore guard almost came away with a steal from Jones after sneaking up on the freshman and poking the ball out his hands. Beyond that, though, he had little impact on the game.

Grade: 78

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