The starting lineup for the #12 ranked Duke Blue Devils is as follows:
Duke Starting Lineup
- PG–Jeremy Roach
- SG- Jared McCain
- SF- Tyrese Proctor
- PF- Mark Mitchell
- C- Kyle Filipowski
The Duke Blue Devils could experiment with starting lineups throughout the season, but expect them to start with Jeremy Roach, Tyrese Proctor, Jared McCain, Mark Mitchell, and Kyle Filipowski. Roach, Proctor, and McCain will form a talented trio of guards for Duke, while Mitchell and Filipowski can command the frontcourt with size, length, and physicality. Still, it is possible that Sean Stewart, Caleb Foster, or T.J. Power could garner starts if the aforementioned starting lineup does not boast its expected chemistry or if any starter suffers an injury.
Duke Position Groups
Duke is expected to try several different starting lineups in the 2023-24 regular season, but in the beginning, it should stick with a three-guard lineup that features Tyrese Proctor, Jared McCain, and Jeremy Roach. Proctor and Roach will undoubtedly start for the Blue Devils, along with preseason All-American Kyle Filipowski and potential first-round selection Mark Mitchell.
Duke Point Guards
The starting point guard for Duke will be senior Jeremy Roach, an experienced lead guard who can score off the bounce, especially in the mid-range. Roach loves to use his shiftiness to get defenders on their heels and then rise up for a jump shot. He’s not necessarily a pass-first point guard, but his ability to penetrate and get past his defender in isolation situations helps him draw help-side defenders in, allowing for easy kick-outs to shooters or drop-offs to big men. Roach averaged 13.6 points per game last year as the second-leading scorer on one of the best teams in the nation.
Duke Shooting Guards
Jared McCain is a freshman combo guard who will play mostly (and start) at the shooting guard position this season. Duke has abundant backcourt talent, so getting McCain on the floor, even in a secondary position, will be paramount. It might take a bit of an adjustment from him, but McCain is a top-ten recruit out of high school with a high basketball IQ, so he should fit into whatever offensive scheme Jon Scheyer decides to go with, including the expected three-guard lineup.
Duke Small Forwards
While Tyrese Proctor is not a small forward, he will be rolled out at this position for defensive purposes, as neither McCain (6-foot-3) nor Roach (6-foot-2) has the size nor length to defend most small forwards in the ACC. Proctor is a bit undersized from a strength perspective, but his size should allow him to defend most small forwards that Duke has on the schedule. Proctor is a fluid athlete with crafty footwork, passing, and finishing abilities. He is in line for a massive sophomore leap, as he flashed massive potential, especially towards the end of his freshman campaign.
Duke Power Forwards
Mark Mitchell should be in line to start at power forward for the Duke Blue Devils in his sophomore season. Mitchell had a strong freshman season last year, averaging 9.1 points and 4.5 rebounds on 47% shooting from the field and 35% from behind the arc. At 6-foot-9, Mitchell possesses the size, athleticism, and scoring upside to be an NBA player; he could be a first-round draft pick in the upcoming 2024 NBA Draft. Five-star freshmen Sean Stewart and T.J. Power will rotate in at the small forward and power forward positions to give Proctor and Mitchell breaks.
Kyle Filipowski, a preseason All-American and the engine that will make Duke’s offense run has a ton of expectations ahead of his sophomore campaign. Filipowski finished last season with averages of 15 points and nine rebounds per game while boasting a 44% field goal percentage. Kyle projects to be more of a stretch four at the NBA level, but his ability to handle the ball like a guard and shoot from the perimeter will make him a matchup nightmare at the center position this season. Senior Ryan Young and sophomore Christian Reeves will give Filipowski a breather occasionally or could see the floor more if he gets into foul trouble. However, expect Filipowski to see most of the minutes here.
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Who Is Duke’s Head Coach?
Duke’s head coach is Jon Scheyer, a former guard for the Blue Devils in the late 2000s. Scheyer took over at the helm for coaching legend Mike Krzyzewski, also known as “Coach K,” in the 2022-23 season.
Who Is Duke’s Starting Point Guard?
Duke’s starting point guard is its last remaining “Coach K” player: Jeremy Roach. Roach is a senior and will bring scoring talent, playmaking, and leadership to a team filled with underclassmen, particularly sophomores.
Who Is Duke’s Best Player?
Duke’s best player is returning sophomore and preseason All-American Kyle Filipowski. Filipowski elected to return for his second collegiate season despite being a consensus mid-to-late first-round draft selection.