Top 10 potential Duke basketball one-and-dones before one-and-done era

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434. Forward. Shelden Williams. 6. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Freshman, 2002-03

Duke finished Shelden Williams‘ freshman season 26-7 (11-5, third in the ACC), winning the ACC Tournament but falling in the NCAA West Regional Semifinal, again to Kansas.

Williams played in all 33 Duke games (starting 23 of them) and led the Blue Devils with 5.9 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game and finished second on the team in field goal percentage at 51.6. In the conference, the Duke demon of defense ended the year fourth in total blocks, eighth in total rebounds and 13th in 2-point field goal percentage.

player. Guard. Freshman, 1982-83. Johnny Dawkins. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 5. 434

Johnny Dawkins played for the same Mark Alarie Duke squad that finished below .500 and seventh in the ACC in 1982-83.

By season’s end, he was first on the team in minutes per game (35.8), points per game (18.1), and assists per game (4.8). He was also third in shooting at 50 percent field goals made. These fantastic freshman numbers earned Dawkins All-ACC Second Team honors.