Duke basketball: The next great starting five for Coach K

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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STARTING POWER FORWARD: Jaemyn Brakefield or Henry Coleman?

Both Jaemyn Brakefield and Henry Coleman are four-star recruits who may be a bit unheralded compared to their four five-star counterparts.

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Brakefield is a 6-foot-8, 215-pound three-time Gatorade Player of the Year from West Virginia. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a senior. Jerry Meyer, the director of basketball scouting at 247Sports, evaluated him as a “smooth athlete…skilled lefty…can stretch a defense…adequate handler and passer…good rebounder and defender…should develop into a first-round draft selection.”

Coleman rounds out Duke’s recruiting class, which sits No. 3 on the 247Sports 2020 Team Rankings. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward from Richmond, Va., played for Team Loaded VA on the Adidas circuit and averaged over 16 points and six rebounds per game. He is a big, physical forward with quick feet and above average leaping ability.

STARTER: This will be a competition to watch once Mike Krzyzewski’s 41st Duke basketball squad opens practice this fall. Brakefield should be the starter. But count on Coleman to see solid minutes off the bench.

Three freshmen crack the starting five. And there are two more newcomers to watch at the center position for the Blue Devils…