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K On This Year's Team, Senior Leadership

A lot is riding on how the new players are led by the veterans, who have to transmit the values of Duke basketball.

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Apr 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski during the team press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Apr 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski during the team press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Coach K talked Wednesday about his team and the upcoming season and while it is a young group, he sees cause for optimism. And while Duke's use of one-and-done players has been compared  to Kentucky's, there is a big difference: Duke still leans on upperclassmen, even when - and maybe even particularly when - they are not as talented as their younger teammates.

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This year, for instance, Duke will lean on seniors Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson. Neither guy is likely to turn into an offensive juggernaut at this point, but both have become very good defenders and will really help Duke on that end.

Coach K talked about how  Quinn Cook turned his senior year into an amazing exercise in leadership. If Plumlee and Jefferson can approach that standard, Duke will have a wonderful year.