Nolan Smith was the driving force behind Duke's NCAA tournament title. Kyle Singler was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Both will be on the shortlist for 2010-11 national player of the year.
But neither will be the focal point of Duke's offense.
|Kyrie Irving will be the focal point of Duke's offense in 2010-11.
That's how good incoming freshmen Kyrie Irving is. Just ask Mike Krzyzewski.
"We'll change our whole offense, the way we play because of Kyrie," Duke's coach said in a story from Adam Zagoria.
"Just like we did when we had Jason Williams, he'll make a big impact right away. He's going to be very, very good."
Hyperbole for incoming freshmen is nothing new, especially the last few years when we've seen John Wall, Derrick Rose, Kevin love, Greg Oden, Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant all live up to that hype.
But to have Coach K admit the offense will change because of a guy who hasn't put on the uniform yet? That's saying something.
True, the Devils will be forced to be more guard oriented next season because they won't have established post players like Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas. Yet that's not bad thing because an up-tempo team will suit Irving's talents – and Krzyzewski's knows it.
"We'll run a lot more, we'll press and he's fortunate to have Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler on the perimeter with him and the Plumlees," Krzyzewski said. "He'll have good weapons with him."
A slightly smaller, faster, pressing Duke team? Sounds like fun. Is it possible this could be season when people don't mind watching the Devils win?
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