CBB: Duke's Freshman Class

11/13/2018

CBB: Duke's Freshman Class

College basketball season is officially here and with it comes the most anticipated freshman class since Kentucky's 2013 class that drew comparisons to Michigan's Fab 5. That freshman class belongs to the Duke Bluedevils and if the first game of the season is anything to go from, college basketball fans are in for a show.

Duke kicked off the season with a 34 blowout of the number two ranked team in the country while the 4 freshmen outscored Kentucky 89-84.

RJ Barrett, the number one recruit dropped 33 points on 13 for 26 shooting. Zion Williamson, the number two recruit and human highlight tape added 28 points on 11 for 13 shooting in just 23 minutes, and Cam Reddish the number three player finished with 22 points in just 24 minutes. Not to mention Tre Jones, the number two point guard adding six points and seven assists on zero turnovers.

Duke starts the season with #1, #2 and #3 players in the 2018 recruiting class to go along with the second ranked point guard. To put that into perspective, Kentucky's 2013 class had the #3, #5, #7 recruits while the fab 5 had the #1, #3 and #5 players in the class of 91.

What makes this all the more impressive is that Duke already seems to be in midseason form . . . shooting 54% and just 4 turnovers against a loaded Kentucky team. The freshmen will only get better as the season moves along and they are the early favorites for the National championship. 

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