Trouble ahead: Predicting entire Duke basketball roster next season

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No. 42 on the 247Sports 2020 Composite

Signatures do not seal the deal when it comes to the Duke basketball program ultimately welcoming a recruit to Durham (see: Boogie Ellis). Yet of Krzyzewski’s six 2020 signees, Trinity Episcopal (Va.) power forward Henry Coleman displays such a high level of good-guy personality and good-decision brainpower that his inked commitment feels the most like an absolute lock.

Factoring in Duke’s aforementioned trio of graduating senior post players after this season — as well as the predicted early departures here, as readers shall soon discover, of some current freshmen — Coleman should be in line for plenty of playing time and an opportunity to compete for a starting job from the get-go of his potentially multiyear career as a Blue Devil.

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The chiseled bruiser’s unflinching moves to the basket, consistent motor on the glass, improving mid-range game, and team-first persona should pay dividends for the next Duke basketball bunch — even if he winds up spending more time on the bench than Ball Durham expects him to in his first year.

One of Coleman’s primary competitors for playing time will in all likelihood be this next predicted 2020-21 Blue Devil…