Duke basketball: Three chief concerns from updated roster measurements

Duke basketball forward Joey Baker (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Joey Baker (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Some heights and weights of Duke basketball players are a little worrisome.

No major worries. It’s not as if the Duke basketball program has suddenly deleted names from the 2020-21 roster. No, the entire collection, which has been together as a unit in Durham since early August, still contains 11 potential regular contributors.

Of those 11 — not including fourth-year point guard and former walk-on Mike Buckmire — combo guard Jordan Goldwire and grad transfer power forward Patrick Tape are the only two seniors. The lone junior of the bunch is small forward Joey Baker, who should play a sizeable role along with the two sophomores, small forward Wendell Moore and power forward Matthew Hurt.

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Of course, as has become the norm at Duke in recent years, the highlight of the group is the freshman class. In addition to a pair of four-star power forwards in Henry Coleman and Jaemyn Brakefield, four five-stars are set to lace ’em up for the first time as Blue Devils in point guard Jeremy Roach, combo guard DJ Steward, small forward Jalen Johnson, and center Mark Williams.

So what’s the problem? Again, not much. On the other hand, though, Mike Krzyzewski and his 41st Duke basketball edition don’t figure to start out in the AP Poll’s top five. And if they intend on reaching No. 1, then they may need to hush three concerns that come to mind when looking at Friday’s updates to the measurements on the roster. Let’s examine said concerns one by one…