Former Duke basketball guard works out with incoming freshman star

A former Duke basketball guard documented his workout with an incoming freshman guard who has major expectations on his shoulders.

As players around the country try and adjust to the new guidelines and responsibilities we all must face in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, these athletes still have to get in the gym and workout.

Luckily for those associated with the Duke basketball program, The Brotherhood is more than just a phrase or a slogan; it’s a movement and a reality among those players who come through the doors at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

In a video posted to Instagram on Tuesday, Cassius Stanley and DJ Steward are working out together as the former Blue Devil prepares for the NBA Draft and the incoming Blue Devil gets ready for his freshman season.

In his only season as a Blue Devil, Stanley was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after averaging 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field and 36.0 percent from 3-point territory.

Steward becomes the latest Chicago native to attend Duke, as the Whitney Young native is ranked as the No. 25 recruit in the country, No. 5 combo guard in the senior class, and No. 1 player in the state of Illinois, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

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Cassius Stanley and DJ Steward are similar in the respect that large expectations were placed on the shoulders of both players as they entered Durham, but the question remained if they would be more than one year players.

If Stanley wasn’t on the older end of the age spectrum in terms of freshmen around the country, it seems like he would’ve stayed at Duke for his sophomore season, but as the NBA values youth, he didn’t have much of a choice but to pursue his professional dreams.

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Steward, who is younger than Stanley, is known for his lethal shooting ability and prowess to get to the rim with ease, could also be a one-and-done if he is able to thrive in a talent-dominated Blue Devil roster in the 2020-21 season.

Regardless, DJ Steward and Cassius Stanley working out together is a good sign for the Blue Devils as Steward will look to help in bringing a sixth National Championship to Duke.

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