Duke basketball: Coach K looking for his next elite floor general

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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Both Jordan Goldwire and Jeremy Roach could continue the Duke basketball tradition of top-notch point guards, but which one will lead the way next season?

The moniker “Point Guard University” is typically attributed to the University of Arizona Wildcats; however, there has been a steady stream of outstanding floor generals to suit up for Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski in Durham. Tommy Amaker, Chris Duhon, Jay Williams, and Bobby Hurley led their respective Blue Devil squads and finished their combined careers with multiple records, awards, and championships.

Running the show for Coach K on a court that bears his name may be one of the most demanding tasks across all college sports. The position necessitates its holder to possess a specific skill set. Point guards must have both size and athleticism, great handles and court vision, and some modicum of experience against quality talent.

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The next in line to be the Duke hoops quarterback is likely either rising senior Jordan Goldwire or incoming freshman Jeremy Roach. Both of Krzyzewski’s candidates are proficient in running an offense, and both could lead the Devils to Indianapolis next April.

In order to determine Krzyzewski’s next floor general in advance, I considered each player’s size, his ability to create, his handles, his distribution, and his playing experience. I offered a final determination for each category and made a recommendation for the Blue Devils’ next great starting point guard.

Let’s start with a look at each player’s size and strength…