Duke basketball has serious cause for concern with positional group

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Duke basketball players who improved their stock against Notre Dame

Wendell Moore

The sophomore forward has continued his upward trajectory as he has scored in double-figures in Duke’s last four games. Unfortunately for Wendell Moore, three of those contests have been losses, and he will be remembered most for his last-second turnover against North Carolina.

Moore was the best Blue Devil on the court against the Fighting Irish with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists while not turning the ball over and only committing one foul.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native logged 35 minutes and was 9-of-16 from the floor, 2-of-5 from three-point range, and made all four of his free throws.

Despite only being a sophomore, Wendell Moore seems to have taken it upon himself to try and fix what is hurting Duke, but he cannot do it alone, and he doesn’t have enough consistent help.

Jeremy Roach

Like Moore, freshman point guard Jeremy Roach is also riding a high in his up-and-down season.

Roach was hit with a questionable charge call inside the final minute, which eventually led to a three-pointer from Prentiss Hubb, pushing the Notre Dame lead to five and essentially ending the game.

However, Roach was big time yet again for the Blue Devils, ending his day with 16 points, his second straight game with that scoring output.

Jeremy Roach only turned the ball over once in 37 minutes, his aforementioned charge, while adding two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the loss on 7-of-12 shooting and 2-of-4 from downtown.

A major point of focus in the rest of the season will be the development of Jeremy Roach for his anticipated sophomore season.

Mark Williams

When Mark Williams is on the floor, he continues to produce for the Blue Devils. He’s just not on the floor that often.

A matchup against the seasoned forwards of North Carolina was not a good matchup for the freshman center. But he was still in the starting lineup on Tuesday against Notre Dame, and in 18 minutes, he posted eight points, four rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

Willams showcased his post moves with 4-of-7 shooting and only registered two fouls in his time on the court.

Mark Williams continues to impress when he’s on the floor for Duke, and he should be given more playing time with each passing game.