Should Duke's Freshman Forward Amile Jefferson Be in the Blue Devils Starting 5?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent INovember 2, 2012

Nov 1, 2012; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson (21) reacts after scoring against the Winston-Salem State Rams during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE
Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski may look to do some tweaking of his starting line up and sub rotation patterns as the Blue Devils prepare for their opening game versus Georgia State on Nov. 9.

Redshirt freshmen Alex Murphy has been less than stellar in the two exhibition games. 

Against Winston Salem State, Murphy shot 1-for-6 from the floor (0-for-2 from beyond the arc), scoring two points. While he has collected a combined nine rebounds, he is still trying to find his place on the court.

On the other hand, true freshman Amile Jefferson has played well in both preseason games. The 6'8" forward from Philly has scored 13 points in each of the two contests, was active on the offensive glass and brought a contagious intensity and urgency that this Duke team needs.

Jefferson's ability to work out of the post and along the baseline could free up Ryan Kelly to roam the perimeter and take advantage of his ability to shoot from beyond the arc.

By suggesting that Coach K look at starting Jefferson, I am in no way, shape or form suggesting that anyone should give up on Murphy. He is a good player that hasn't gotten on track yet.

Plumlee, Kelly and Jefferson would be a formidable frontcourt that would be a tough matchup for many teams.

Worth a try?  I say, "Yes!"