The three Duke basketball newcomers most likely to contribute

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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 6-foot-10. Patrick Tape. PF. 434. 230 pounds. player

The graduate transfer from Columbia, who will arrive with one year of eligibility remaining, has the potential to make huge contributions inside next season. If the 6-10, 230-pound Patrick Tape does not start for Mike Krzyzewski, then he will certainly see valuable minutes as a reserve. The Charlotte native is an extremely athletic big man with very good hands.

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While some may wonder about the level of competition in the Ivy League, there are signs that Tape is more than ready for the grind of ACC play. During a successive four-game stretch in Dec. 2018 against Iona, Boston College, Rutgers, and Northwestern, Tape averaged just over 25 minutes per game, scored 15.8 points per game, grabbed 4.8 rebounds per game, and shot 66 percent from the field (27 for 41).

How often Tape finds the floor in Durham is still subject to debate; however, he is likely to make a positive impact when he does.

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