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DJ Steward is Making An Early Impression For Duke

Even before practice starts

City Of Palms Classic
 FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 19: DJ Steward #21 of Whitney Young Magnet High School in action during the City of Palms Classic at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on December 19, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida.
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It’s safe to say that freshman guard DJ Steward has made a strong early impression on local media. We saw Jim’s take Tuesday and now we see what the News & Observer’s Chip Alexander has to say about the slender guard from the Windy City.

Like most people, Alexander picks up on Steward’s national charisma - he starts his piece by talking about Steward’s constant smile.

For his part, Steward seems excited to start practice Wednesday, saying that “It will definitely be fluid. There’s 11 players who can play, potentially play big minutes. The starting lineup can pretty much change game to game. You just never know.

“We’re a deep team that can pretty much play in transition. We can play really fast and also make shots, as well. We’re going to be able to make a lot of shots.”

It’s going to be fun to watch this team get turned loose in pursuit of its potential which, we think is pretty high. People tend to focus on reputation but with Duke, what you should focus on is what Coach K has to work with. And as Steward notes, there are a lot of pieces, which means this team should be fun.

By the way, this is a small nugget from this article but don’t overlook it: Steward said two players who have stood out during Duke workouts have been Hurt and Goldwire. He called Hurt “an amazing shooter and amazing scorer” and noted Krzyzewski has mentioned how much the 6-9 sophomore forward has improved...”