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A couple of former Blue Devils are really excelling in Summer League play

Phoenix Suns v San Antonio Spurs
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 16: Tre Jones #33 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball during the game against the Phoenix Suns on May 16, 2021 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 
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The Duke Chronicle takes a look at the various Blue Devils in NBA Summer League play, starting with Tre Jones, who has emerged as one of the big stars of the summer.

He got 34 points against the Bulls, which is great, but also had eight boards and nine assists. That’s really close to a triple double and say what you will about Summer League, that’s a 6-1 guard doing it against a lot of much bigger guys.

He’s been the best Blue Devil in Vegas but Jalen Johnson has done well too. He’s racked up several double-doubles and it sounds like Atlanta is pleased with him.

DJ Steward and Matthew Hurt haven’t done as well but both left school knowing they still had work to do. Steward in particular has a long ways to go. He was a small scoring guard at Duke and there just aren’t many of those in the NBA. And even if you can do well on offense, you still have to defend, usually much bigger guys.

He’s going to spend a lot of time in the G-League, assuming he doesn't go overseas.

Hurt has been uneven but at least he’s tall enough to impose himself and has a great shot. And as time goes on, he’ll get much stronger too, so he has a chance at carving out a good role.