Five bold predictions for 2020-21 Duke basketball season

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Some bold things could happen for the Duke basketball program in the 2020-21 season.

Unfortunately, the Duke basketball team will not be tipping off the 2020-21 season as scheduled, but to fill the time between now and Saturday afternoon, here are some bold predictions to hold you over.

The Blue Devils were slated to open their season at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Gardner-Webb, but COVID positive tests forced the Runnin’ Bulldogs to postpone the game with Duke.

No date has been announced for a potential meeting between the two schools as Gardner-Webb will be shut down for at least 14 days, in accordance with NCAA guidelines.

However, Mike Krzyzewski once again has a Preseason Top-10 squad, which will be a team like he has never had before.

It’s very strange where the Blue Devils return freshmen from a season ago, but it’s even more strange when both of those freshmen received significant minutes and did not play a single minute in the postseason.

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That’s 2020 for you, and that’s what Duke is facing entering the upcoming campaign.

Wendell Moore and Matthew Hurt highlight the Blue Devils’ roster as the only holdovers from last season’s freshman crop, but Duke fans are also thrilled to see senior Jordan Goldwire and junior Joey Baker take the floor once more, in a season that will not count against their eligibility.

All this without mentioning another Top-3 recruiting class that features six freshmen, headlined by five-star prospect Jalen Johnson.

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Johnson is joined by fellow five-stars Jeremy Roach, DJ Steward, and Mark Williams in addition to four-star recruits Jaemyn Brakefield and Henry Coleman.

Duke also has a player on its roster that has never suited up for the Blue Devils in Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape, the first graduate transfer under Mike Krzyzewski.

So, without any further discussion, here are your five bold predictions for the 2020-21 Duke basketball season.

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