5 takeaways from Duke basketball secret scrimmage against Villanova

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First takeaway in Duke basketball secret scrimmage against Villanova

One of the first things you notice in the Duke and Villanova highlights is the command point guard Jeremy Roach seems to have with the basketball in his hands.

Roach was highly inconsistent last season, and it is tough to put much blame on a freshman ballhandler for a team’s lack of success a year ago.

However, the Paul VI product averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 45.3-percent from the floor and 31.0-percent from 3-point range.

The 6-foot-1 guard was able to penetrate the veteran backcourt of Villanova and showed quick and decisive decision-making when getting to the free throw line.

Jeremy Roach also showed the ability to lock down the ball at half-court, coming away with a steal and a shifty layup.

If being reunited with his high school teammate Trevor Keels will unlock the version of Jeremy Roach that everyone saw at Paul VI, the Blue Devils will finally have the point guard they were hoping for after the departure of Tre Jones.