Jack White was arguably the best player on the floor in a black uniform on Tuesday night.
White is not a player that normally stands out on the stat sheet but with several Blue Devils struggling, the senior captain provided energy and hustle in his 28 minutes on the court while scoring nine points and five rebounds.
The forward was 3-of-4 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and 1-of-2 from the free throw line and recorded two steals
While Jack White it a very good player, he is a role player, and in most games, if he is in the conversation as the best player on the floor, the results might not be there for Duke.
If Cassius Stanley didn’t pick up his fourth foul early in the second half, Duke very well might have defeated Clemson.
The freshman ended his night with 14 points in 29 minutes on 5-of-8 shooting and 2-of-4 from the field with two rebounds and an assist.
Without Wendell Moore and Joey Baker, the Blue Devils greatly needed Stanley’s scoring ability and he provided it, but the foul issues handicapped Duke to rely on Tre Jones and Vernon Carey Jr.
As long as Cassius Stanley stays out of foul trouble he can be one of the best and most efficient players for Duke and they are going to need the Los Angeles native in the midst of their injury woes.
Vernon Carey Jr.
Vernon Carey Jr. once again led Duke in scoring with 20 points and seven rebounds in addition to two assists, two steals, and one block.
The freshman was 8-of-14 from the field but just 4-of-9 from the free throw line, missing the most free throws on the team on Tuesday night.
While Carey was double-teamed on virtually every possession he struggled guarding Aamir Simms as the Clemson forward went for 25 points.
Vernon Carey Jr. is still one of the best players on Duke and in the country and the freshman will struggle at points throughout the season and Tuesday night was one of them, but expect Carey Jr. to bounce back in a major way.