Duke basketball: The supreme Blue Devil lineup this season

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The supreme 2020-21 Duke basketball lineup: Jalen Johnson

Pick Analysis. Forward. player. Scouting Report. Freshman. Jalen Johnson. 3. 434

Jalen Johnson, a former five-star who arrived in Durham as the highest-ranked member of the program’s latest class at No. 13 overall on the 247Sports 2020 Composite, is the most athletic and most talented player on the 2020-21 Duke basketball roster, right? Right. Then the 6-foot-9, 220-pound small forward must be a part of the squad’s supreme lineup, right? Right.

In fact, Johnson is the perfect player to put at the three-spot in this lineup. In addition to his commanding presence — evident in the practice highlights below — the Wisconsin product should boast enough handles to help DJ Steward and Wendell Moore successfully beat any press plus the strength to ensure no foe dominates the Blue Devils down low.

Moreover, Johnson has the sheer explosiveness to put the exclamation point on a fastbreak, the wizardly passing ability to put his teammates in ideal positions to score, and the alpha mentality to inject the entire team with extra confidence against even the most intimidating opponents.

Finally, even if Johnson’s 3-point stroke turns out to be more of a weakness than strength — as his high school stats imply — this lineup would still have enough snipers to do damage and space the floor thanks to Steward and the following stretch-four…