The Duke Chronicle continues its annual series of player reviews, with the latest being Cassius Stanley.
Remember when everyone wondered if Stanley was going to play much? That didn’t last long. Stanley started the first game and while everyone understood he was a superb athlete, the general sense was that it might take him awhile to round out his skills.
He proved that wrong pretty quickly, particularly on defense.
Offense took a bit longer. He emerged as a solid three point shooter and a spectacular force on the break but took longer to assert himself on drives in traffic.
By the end of the season, he was getting over that too. He’s someone who could leave for the NBA or who might decide to take one more year to shore up his still uncertain status. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
“Duke knew all along that it was getting an athlete, but it turned out that Stanley was much more. His technical basketball skills were much better than anticipated and the fire he plays with greased the engine of the Blue Devils throughout the long season. From a statistical standpoint, the biggest surprise was undoubtedly how well he shot the ball. The freshman nailed 47 percent of his shots from the field and had a 36 percent mark from downtown, both numbers far higher than his ESPN recruiting profile might have suggested.“