Only one option to run the Duke basketball team in the 2021-22 season

Duke basketball target Kennedy Chandler (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Duke basketball target Kennedy Chandler (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

There is only one option for Mike Krzyzewski to have run the Duke basketball offense in the 2020-21 season, and that is five-star recruit Kennedy Chandler.

The latest news of Andrew Nembhard committing to Gonzaga over Duke and others leaves the Blue Devils with only one option to run the point for the 2021-22 season, Kennedy Chandler.

Chandler, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2021, has trimmed his list down to five programs, Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina, Memphis, and Kentucky.

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At the present time, Mike Krzyzewski‘s program seems to be the clear leader for the Tennessee native, but there is still a lot of time for things to change in his recruitment.

However, although Duke seemed like a potential real suitor for Nembhard in the early stages of the point guard entering the transfer portal, the constant interest never materialized, and fans were wondering if landing the former Florida Gator would take the Blue Devils out of the running for Chandler.

Following the 2020-21 season, Duke will be losing senior point guard Jordan Goldwire, and many have mixed opinions on incoming freshman point guard Jeremy Roach.

Some view the five-star as a ‘one-and-done’ while others think he could be a two-year player like Tre Jones.

Since the 6-foot-2 guard committed to the Blue Devils, I have always viewed him as a ‘one-and-done’ and although Duke doesn’t churn out top-tier NBA talent at point guard as they do at wing, forward, and center, Roach’s draft projection should look much more Tyus Jones-like rather than a player such as Trevon Duval.

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That would leave Duke without a facilitator on offense until Chandler, hopefully, pledges his allegiance to Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.

Coach K knows how important the point guard position is in basketball, but especially on his roster, considering he mentions that the ball handler is an extension of the Hall of Famer on the court.

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While it would be a shock if Duke does not land Kennedy Chandler, Mike Krzyzewski knows the importance of the position and will clearly bring out all the stops to bring the future star to Durham.