Duke basketball freshman guarantees Final Four appearance

The Duke basketball team plays in the Final Four (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Duke basketball team plays in the Final Four (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

A Duke basketball freshman has high expectations for his first season in Durham. 

There has been no shying away from expectations for the Duke basketball players this offseason and now the freshmen class are puffing out their chests and leaning into the hype.

In the latest episode of The Brotherhood podcast, host Ryan Young brought the four 5-star recruits; Caleb Foster, Jared McCain, TJ Power, and Sean Stewart on the show to let he crazed Blue Devil fanbase get to know the newest members of the team.

It did not take long for the crew to make headlines.

“I feel like we all know what we want,” Foster said. “The end goal this year will be in Phoenix [the Final Four host city].”

“And that’s where we will be at.”

Guaranteeing a Final Four berth before you even play a single regular season game? No pressure, kid.

But it’s not far off from what other players have expressed this offseason through the media.

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Sophomore forward Kyle Filipowski has been the leader of the confident talk emulating from Durham and embracing the championship expectations and aspirations that many have put on the Blue Devils.

“We know the sacrifices we have to make to end up there and we are willing to take,” Foster continued.

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Jon Scheyer finds himself in the enviable position of trying to find minutes on the court for his talented and deep roster.

Filipowski was one of four starters from last year to return to Duke for another season and other players like Jaylen Blakes, Jaden Schutt, and Christian Reeves are also trying to find a way to get into the rotation next to the four freshmen.

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Jared McCain, at this point in the year, seems to be the likely candidate to fill the final vacancy in the starting lineup.

Duke will begin its season on Monday, November 6 against Dartmouth.

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