Five Duke basketball players highlight the formula for success

Duke basketball forward Matthew Hurt (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
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Duke basketball formula for success: Jalen Johnson

Of course, what ensured the Blue Devils would beat the Yellow Jackets was the assertiveness of Jalen Johnson. Bouncing back after a rough performance against Louisville, the freshman forward had his fingerprints all over this one, totaling 18 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Johnson made winning plays and had timely buckets for Duke when Georgia Tech was making its run. He was able to get out in transition, where he has shown to be an excellent playmaker. He had multiple plays where he was able to either go coast to coast for a bucket or push the ball up the court himself and find an open teammate.

Two and-ones from Johnson late in the game helped seal the victory.

Johnson has to continue to be aggressive and relentlessly attack the basket. Since he often plays at the five-spot, he certainly has the ability to beat most of his defenders off the dribble. His touch and athleticism will allow him to be a consistent finisher at the rim.

Also, he has to continue to get to the foul line. Free throws margin has been a problem for Duke this year. If Johnson continues to attack the basket, then he can play a huge role in helping turn that around for the Blue Devils.