Duke basketball: Is there cause for concern after latest victory?

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Duke basketball players who hurt their stock against Boston College

Mark Williams

Freshman Mark Williams remained in the starting lineup against Boston College, but he was unable to score in six minutes of action.

Williams missed both of his shot attempts but did grab three rebounds in the victory.

However, the reason he finds himself on the ‘Stock Down’ list is that the Eagles did not put a player on the court taller than 6-foot-8.

Mark Williams should have feasted in the paint, standing at 7-foot tall, on offense against a short Boston College team.

Williams has shown flashes of potential this season but must continue to work on his game to become a serious threat for Duke for the remainder of this season and heading into his sophomore season.

Jaemyn Brakefield

Aside from Matthew Hurt, Jaemyn Brakefield had been Duke’s best player through five games, but the freshman forward did not come through with his best performance against Boston College.

Brakefield did not score in 18 minutes of action with one rebound and two assists.

The four-star recruit had scored in every game he played in this season, even his one point in four minutes during Duke’s season-opening victory over Coppin State.

Jaemyn Brakefield figured to be a player who could greatly improve in the absence of Jalen Johnson, but as the five-star freshman inches closer to his return to the court, minutes will, naturally, be taken away from Brakefield.

Jordan Goldwire

Jordan Goldwire was a little too trigger happy in the Blue Devils’ victory, taking a total of 10 shots, connecting on four.

Goldwire missed multiple layups in the game that could have been costly, and Duke needed him to be better defensively in the first half as Boston College continued its shooting barrage.

The senior point guard finished his night with 12 points, three rebounds, six assists, and three steals, an all-around good performance, but he should not be the focal point of the offense in a close game, something he was in the late stages against Boston College.

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