Duke Basketball: How impactful will TJ Power be during freshman season?

Duke basketball freshman TJ Power
Duke basketball freshman TJ Power /

How impactful will Duke basketball freshman TJ Power be this season? 

Jon Scheyer’s penchant for recruiting versatile, sharpshooting, and athletic players is evident and, coincidentally, there is a player on the Duke basketball roster who perfectly embodies these traits.

TJ Power, the native of Worcester, Massachusetts, could emerge as a game-changing player that logs substantial minutes on the court.

The 6-foot-8 multi-tooled forward has a deadly jump shot, coupled with impressive athleticism and a rugged playing style, that will prove challenging to keep him away from the action.

He joins Caleb Foster, Sean Stewart, and Jared McCain in the Duke freshmen class this season, ranked as the consensus No. 2 recruiting class in the country.

Power shot up the recruiting rankings last summer and saw himself end his high school career as a 5-star prospect which is listed as the No. 20 player in the 247Sports Composite rankings, in addition to being named as the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year in the 2021-22 season.

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So what does TJ Power bring to the table for the Blue Devils?

Duke basketball freshman looking for massive role entering season

TJ Power epitomizes a plug-and-play basketball player.

Place him in any position or situation on the court and he will excel and give his maximum effort.

He has the ability, size, and athleticism to play on the perimeter or on the block. He’s a plus athlete with a real mean streak in him and doesn’t back down or play down to the level of competition.

His ball handling was an area for concern but it seems as if that was a focus for him this off season as his handle looks a lot tighter.

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He has an absolute flamethrower of a jump shot and he can get it off quickly as he shoots with range and has great balance and a repeatable shooting motion. He can get to the rim and finish or stop and pop.

It’s almost certain that TJ Power will see considerable time on the court for the Blue Devils and as he starts his Duke career he possesses the potential to emerge as a crucial player and a beloved favorite among fans, thereby making his mark on the rich legacy of Duke basketball.

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