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Tatum’s Versatility A Big Key To Duke’s Success

Freshman forward has made Duke very tough to defend

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Wake Forest v Duke
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 18: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Duke Blue Devils collides with Trent VanHorn #43 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 18, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Duke is on an seven-game winning streak and eight of nine. Only State’s two-point upset broke the streak.

There are a lot of factors in that hot streak but a major part of it is the play of Jayson Tatum.

Tatum gives Duke a balance to Luke Kennard, who has been sensational, and Grayson Allen, who has been somewhat limited by injuries and circumstance.

Neither of those guys, though, can really make up for Amile Jefferson’s rebounding, which went down after his foot injury. Neither of them can guard a power player.

Offensively, Duke now has three guys who can shoot from anywhere or penetrate. And Kennard and Tatum both have wonderful mid-range games as well.

His versatility has really advanced this team.

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