Duke basketball: Player comparisons for seven incoming Blue Devils

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210 pounds. 6-foot-8. Jaemyn Brakefield. PF. player. 434. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

  • No. 37 overall recruit nationally
  • No. 6 power forward

Once a bonafide top 15 recruit nationally, Jaemyn Brakefield has seen his stock in the eyes of “experts” drop in recent years. Standing at 6-foot-8, he has the ideal size and athleticism for a wing player or small-ball stretch-four in Mike Krzyzewski‘s system.

While his motor has come in to question at times, his offensive skill set has not. A smooth athlete with a smooth lefty jumper, Brakefield will be able to carve out a significant amount of minutes next season if he can obtain trust on the offensive end from the coaching staff.

I was able to catch Jaemyn Brakefield and Huntington Prep play in person, and in my opinion, he’ll need to work on his ball-handling, as well as his attention to detail playing team defense, similar to Joey Baker, but the requisite skill sets are there for him to provide meaningful minutes next season. Think of Villanova’s Mikal Bridges in a player comparison, and I also believe he has a real chance to be a Duke basketball star, even if it takes him one or two more years to reach that plateau.