Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-17 Stats HS Stats: 17.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.5 APG, 2.6 SPG
Why They Are Here?
Possibly the most professional and determined player in this year’s recruiting class; Trevon Duval leaves it all on the court and has his goal set on being one of the best point guards in the NBA. Yeah, you heard me right, the NBA, not college. Duval treats every opportunity he gets the same and some scouts say he treated his high school playing career like it was his NBA career! With G Frank Jackson leaving Duke after last season and heading to the NBA, Coach K will have his fifth different point guard in the past five years. If there is one thing we know about Duke basketball though, it is that Coach K will make sure Trevon Duval is in top form early on in the season. Duke’s offense runs through their man up top and they rely heavily on him when moving the ball off of pick-and-roll situations. Originally, it looked as if Duke’s recruiting class would rely heavily upon their young guards in Trevon Duval and #1 SG in the 2017 recruiting class, Gary Trent Jr, but Christmas came early from Coach K and the Blue Devils when the #1 player in the 2018 Top 100, Marvin Bagley III, reclassified and committed to play at Duke this season. Not only does this take a tremendous amount of pressure off of Trevon Duval, but it also gives him a lethal weapon to work with on the court. Duke’s offense should be very cunning and sneaky this season, creating mismatches up and down the floor with their various skillsets.
Role on This Year’s Team:
Trevon Duval will be the starting point guard for the Duke Blue Devils this season and will likely be in the backcourt with senior guard, Grayson Allen. Compared to other point guards in his recruiting class, Trevon Duval is much more athletic and possesses excellent body control and ball handling. Even though he stands only 6’3”, his 6’8” wingspan and athletic ability makes him explosive in passing lanes and in transition. With Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III running the court with him, Trevon Duval will have some fun in transition. One thing that separates Duval from other point guards in the country is his ability to create space for not only himself, but others on the court. He has mastered the art of drawing defenders in, opening up a lot of space on the wing for his sharpshooters. For a guard, Duval also impressed scouts in high school with his rebounding ability. Unlike other guards who stay back and let their bigs do the work, Trevon Duval loves to get physical in the paint and fights for every rebound, something that creates a lot of second-chance opportunities. It is likely that Coach K and Duke will utilize Trevon Duval’s passing abilities to make Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III the focal points on offense, but Duval will be a major part of Duke’s success this season.
College Season/NBA Prospect:
As stated before, having the likes of Allen and Bagley III around only make Trevon Duval’s ceiling higher. By the end of the season, I would not be surprised if Duval leads Duke in assists per game as a result of his passing abilities. Much like Tyus Jones a few years back when Duke won the National Championship, Trevon Duval will see himself needing to step up in big games and take control of the pace of the game when on offense. Much like every year, Duke has high aspirations for their basketball team and their freshman point guard. On my 2018 NBA Draft Big Board, I currently have Trevon Duval ranked as the #2 point guard in the draft class and as the #10 overall prospect. With this draft class being especially weak at point guard, outside of Collin Sexton and Trevon Duval, the Duke freshman could see his stock fluctuate throughout the season, but significantly rise near the end of the season. There is always a demand for athletic point guards in the league and saying Trevon Duval is athletic is an understatement. If you enjoy watching great passing and great transition play, then you need to tune in and watch Trevon Duval this season because he will definitely not disappoint!
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