"Duke will be good, but only so good" was the prevailing consensus in the preseason. But with Selection Sunday a little more than two weeks away, Mike Krzyzewski's bunch (23-3 overall, 10-2 in the ACC) is very much in the national title picture, sitting a half-game behind North Carolina in the ACC...[details]
Strengths: What makes McRoberts so intriguing is his remarkable perimeter skills for a player who is approaching seven feet tall. He is the prototypical high post power forward. He has the ability to beat you off the dribble, hit the mid range jump-shot or find the open man. On the low block, McRoberts has shown the ability to shoot a jump hook with either hand. He possesses good athletic tools, showing the ability to get up and down the floor - coupled with an explosive vertical leap.
Weaknesses: It has been somewhat of a disappointing year for a player as talented as McRoberts. Many expected him to carry the burden of the Duke scoring load on his back this season. He often receives the 'soft' label for the way he attacks the hoop from the low block, and it is a bit puzzling how much he favors going to his right hand when he touches the ball in the post.
Outlook: Despite his disappointing season at Duke, McRoberts has all the tools to become a starter at the NBA level. His size and athleticism - coupled with impressive passing ability and a solid face-up game - will keep him somewhere in the mid-first round.
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