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Jeff Capel: Sulaimon Wasn’t Prepared At Start Of Season

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Duke assistant basketball coach, Jeff Capel, joined the Mac Attack to talk about the Blue Devils season and the upcoming matchup against the Tar Heels.

On playing more full court pressure and with a deeper rotation: One of the strengths of our team is depth. To be quite frank, we have more guards than post guys and so one of the things we talked about after the loss to Clemson was figuring out the best ways to utilize the strengths of your team. We realized a lot of our guys were pacing themselves, especially Quinn Cook, Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker. It’s actually the way we thought we would play at the beginning of the season, but we had to back off of it because we weren’t good at it and they way games were being officiated.

On concerns facing UNC: Obviously, Marcus Paige’s 3-point shooting. He’s their primary 3-point shooter and he’s having a tremendous year, but lost in the mix is the year that James Michael McAdoo is having. He’s a guy that as a freshman a lot of people thought would be a top five pick and he’s been kind of been crapped on, to be honest. I think that kid is incredibly talented and he’s responded well to it and he’s playing his best basketball right now, so that matchup with Jabari will be key.

On Rasheed Sulaimon: He came in with certain expectations for himself and to be quite honest, a couple of things he didn’t really prepare. One of the biggest mistakes a kid can make is expecting something is going to happen based on what he did the previous season. Our team is completely different, this year, and we’re playing completely different and I think that hurt Rasheed.

Coach Capel also discusses Jabari Parker’s improved shot selection and growth and compares Brice Johnson to one of the all-time Tar Heel greats.

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