There has been a significant lull in the Duke schedule here in mid December. With exams and academics taking precedent, Duke has just one game in a 17-day span.
With this being the case, Duke’s lone game came on Saturday against a scrappy Temple team. Duke came out with the win and we got to see some things from all four freshmen for the first time all season.
The sample size is small, but here is this week’s Duke Basketball Rookie Report.
1) Rasheed Sulaimon
This kid shows us something else every game. With Seth Curry firing all cylinders on Saturday, Sulaimon read the tea leaves and sunk back a bit and let his passing do the work.
Sulaimon handed out seven assists to go with eight points on the day, showing another element to his game. The freshman took just six shots, but got to the line for three free throws and grabbed a pair of rebounds as well.
Another week on top for Sulaimon as he continues to live up to the hype.
2) Alex Murphy
We got to see some solid offensive contributions from Murphy against Temple as he scored five points in five minutes in some garbage time late in the game. Regardless of when the points were scored, the way in which he scored them showed off his already-developed offensive game and earns him the No. 2 slot this week.
Perhaps this leads to some more significant minutes, but I wouldn’t go that far just yet.
3) Amile Jefferson
Jefferson falls back through no fault of his own as his nine minutes on Saturday were quintessentially “Amile.” He scored seven points with two rebounds, an assist and a block on the day while showing off his length on the defensive end.
Minutes have been the primary determinate with these middle two spots in the rankings and that doesn’t seem fair. This week we saw development on one hand and typical play on the other, thus the change.
4) Marshall Plumlee
The youngest Plumlee got himself involved in pregame activities on Saturday and could be on option when Duke returns to the court on Dec. 19 against Cornell. Any progress is good news for the young man who has now missed almost a year and a half of basketball action.