Duke Basketball: Blue Devils’ top 10 plays through the first 10 games

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6. No Army can stop him

Opponent: Army

I’m not convinced that Zion, every time he comes down with a rebound, can’t just do exactly what he did against Army.

With 12 minutes remaining in the first half of Army’s visit to Cameron and the Blue Devils holding a 22-17 lead, junior center Marques Bolden partially blocked a shot from a Black Knight.

And, as Zion has done nearly 10 times per game thus far this season, he came down with the rebound. Normally, in this situation, he might kick it to Jones so that the natural floor general can lead the break.

Actually, though, the Blue Devils didn’t even have a numerical advantage on this play and could have chosen not to run at all. But even with a three-man Army in front of him, Zion decided he didn’t need any help this time advancing the ball from rim to rim.

No, all the power forward from Spartanburg, S.C., needed was six dribbles and a couple of power moves to assert his dominance. He handled the ball with confidence and ease, then used a slick Euro step to will his way to the basket for the easy bucket.

Watch this play again — No. 1 on the video below — and try telling me that Zion is not a potential LeBron-like point forward at the next level.