Duke basketball weekly report card: ‘Here comes Duke’

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Duke basketball’s honor roll for Week 4 and 5: Blue Devils who held it down

Matthew Hurt

Unsurprisingly, Matthew Hurt continued to make his case as ACC Player of the Year through Week 4 and 5 of conference play.

Hurt averaged 17 points over four games, including a 24-point, eight-rebound performance in Duke’s loss against Louisville.

He has dropped to second in the ACC in scoring but still places top five in many other statistical categories like 3-point percentage and rebounding.

DJ Steward

DJ Steward remained consistent through wins and losses over the past two weeks, averaging 12 points over the past four games.

In Duke’s win over Georgia Tech that snapped its losing streak, Steward put up a team-high 19 points while going 3-for-6 from behind the arc.

As Matthew Hurt’s righthand man, he’s also making a case for an award, ACC Freshman of the Year.

Jalen Johnson

In two of four games the past two weeks, Jalen Johnson put up double-figures, including 24 points and 15 rebounds off the bench in Duke’s loss at Pitt.

A week later, he contributed to Duke’s win against Georgia Tech, after putting up 18 points and six boards, while going 7-for-11 from the field.

Johnson is slowly but surely improving his entire game as a two-way player, defending the hype he brought as a top 20 recruit in the 2020 class.

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