Duke basketball: The next great starting five for Coach K

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /
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Duke basketball wing Wendell Moore (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

STARTING SHOOTING GUARD: DJ Steward or Wendell Moore?

While many, including Jeremy Roach, may rotate to the shooting guard position, Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke basketball staff have two primary choices at the backcourt spot.

Wendell Moore decided to return to Durham for his sophomore season. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound slasher has size and athleticism. If he is tasked with manning the off-guard position, then he will prove to be a defensive nightmare for opposing coaches. Per 40 minutes of play last season, Moore averaged 12.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.5 steals.

The other option at the two-guard position is freshman combo guard DJ Steward. The five-star recruit from Chicago is smaller than Moore at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds. The Prep Hoops Illinois Player of the Year and McDonald’s All-American is ranked No. 25 nationally by the 247Sports Composite. Steward is athletic and looks to create his own shot off the dribble.

STARTER: While he needs to improve upon his 21.1 shooting percentage from beyond the arc in his second collegiate year, Moore should get the nod at shooting guard over his younger and smaller counterpart.

Roach and Moore complete the backcourt. Let’s now turn our attention to the three frontcourt positions…