Each Duke basketball player’s chance of returning next season

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Duke basketball players who are sure to stick around

  • G- Michael Savarino (So)
  • F- Keenan Worthington (So)
  • F- Henry Coleman (Fr)

These guys should be holding down the Duke basketball fort in the upcoming years.

Henry Coleman is a coach’s favorite who has shown he can provide depth and energy on the floor. While the freshman forward has only appeared in six games so far, you have to think his moments will only continue to be more plentiful. He came into the season seeming to have made an impression on the staff, and he plays with a ton of heart.

Coleman provided almost five minutes of quality post defense in the Saturday loss at Louisville. He seemed more capable of holding things down in the paint than anyone Mike Krzyzewski had put down there earlier in the game.

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Lacking game film and NBA height, though, Coleman will almost certainly be battling for post minutes next year.

Keenan Worthington has no stats as he’s made no appearances in his two seasons in Durham. This isn’t surprising as he’s a walk-on, but his day may come with the potential extra year of eligibility coming his way.

Justin Robinson was kind enough to show us all last season that a Duke basketball walk-on can develop into a contributor with time and effort, and there’s no reason to think Worthington can’t follow in J-Rob’s footsteps.

Lastly, we come to Michael Savarino. He may try and go the extra year route as well, especially if his grandfather — Coach K — continues to coach the team.

He seems like a well-liked young man, and when the Crazies come back to Cameron, it will be hard to tell who will be more excited for Savarino’s first points: Krzyzewski or the fans who want to see the kid score.

Thanks for hanging in there everybody. I loved writing this one. And remember one last thing: I’m not saying any of these guys SHOULD go pro or transfer; rather, I’m only trying to see things from their point of view and help figure out how the Duke basketball roster will look next year.

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