Trevon Duval – Duke
CPP Big Board Ranking: #42 Overall (#13 PG)
Weight: 191 lbs
Age/Birthday: 19 (8/03/98)
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
High School: IMG Academy
(Grant Kobrin – Updated- 6/20/18)
Trevon Duval came to Duke as the top point guard in his class and was asked to lead a group of primarily young freshman from day one. He impressed NBA scouts with his play and leadership skills, despite an up and down year for Duval. Coming from IMG academy, Duval has had early exposure with the ball in his hands on a big time stage. That seems to have helped prepare him well for his role as the point guard and distributor for Duke. Duval was projected to be one of the best point guards in college basketball this year, but did not entirely fit into Duke’s offense – where he was asked to take a smaller role to big men Marvin Bagley and Wendell Carter Jr, as well as senior Grayson Allen. Duval began the year as a projected lottery pick, and is now seen as a second round prospect.
Trevon Duval is a solid distributor. He was among the leaders in assists in college basketball this past year averaging nearly six assists per contest. He is tenacious and a quick and explosive athlete, and uses that to his advantage to get into the lane with ease. He is already really strong for a point guard and uses that to allow him to finish over bigger and stronger players in the paint. He is crafty and changes directions well which allow him to excel in finishing around defenders as well. Duval is quick and plays at a fast tempoed pace which makes it difficult for other teams to stay in front of him. He draws a lot of fouls because of this, but needs to improve on his free throw shooting in order to further capitalize this. Additionally, Duval has excellent court vision and always leads his teammates well when passing to them in transition situations. He is good at threading the needle and passing to players in tight spaces underneath the rim, often times these passes would be considered to be shuffle passes. Duval also excels in passing off of the screen and roll and is a very good lob passer.
Lastly, Duval has the potential to really excel on the defensive end. He is extremely aggressive and uses his quick feet and active hands to deflect passes and cause turnovers. He averaged nearly two steals a game, which is a lot in the shorter college game. He is great at turning defense into offense with his defense first mentality. He may find himself in foul trouble in an NBA game where he does not get the benefit of playing for Duke and being a benefactor of receiving all of the calls through Coach Krzyzewski’s subtle intimidation of the refs. Regardless, Duval is a decent playmaker and defender and has an extremely high ceiling and lots of room to grow and improve his game all around.
Trevon Duval is not the best shooter. This is his primary weakness. His shot has poor rotation on it and it appears to look different every time he shoots the ball. His shot comes off the shoulder and will need to be fixed by shooting coaches during his first year in the NBA. He shot very poor percentages from all three areas of the court. He shot 29% from from the collegiate three point line, under 43% from the field, and below 60% from the free-throw line. As a guard he is going to have to improve on his shooting and increase these numbers tremendously. Besides his shooting troubles, Trevon Duval needs to become more stable as a floor general. He needs to let the game come to him more naturally, as he sometimes appears to try to force the issue and do too much out there. He is a bit turnover prone, as he averaged nearly 3 turnovers a game at the college level. This became such an issue later on in the season that Coach Krzyzewski actually benched Duval for a few games and then later on reinserted him into the starting lineup – where he played off of the ball and senior Grayson Allen actually served as their point guard. This is when his draft stock really started to plumet last season. Defensively, Trevon Duval has all of the physical tools to become an outstanding defender, but at times appeared to be lost on the defensive end. This could be in part to Duke playing zone the majority of this past season. Overall, Trevon Duval needs to become a much better shooter to be impactful at the next level, and could benefit by reducing his turnovers and using his physical tools to his advantage on the defensive end of the court.
Player Outlook & NBA Comparison: Poor Man’s Rajon Rondo
Trevon Duval draws comparisons to Rajon Rondo in his prime. Rondo was a poor shooting point guard in his prime, with a high tempoed pace on the offensive and defensive and had elite court vision. Duval looks a lot like that right now and defenders even seem to back off of him on the perimeter as they used to do to Rondo when he was apart of the Celtics. Rajon Rondo was some player to watch in his prime, and we can only hope that Duval will draw some sort of resemblance to him in the NBA.
Trevon Duval is a strong two way player with unteachable qualities as an athlete and a point guard. Trevon Duval has an incredible high ceiling, but is clearly a very raw prospect who is not nearly as good as everyone believed he was coming out of high school. Trevon Duval should benefit playing in a more guard oriented NBA, where the pace of play is much faster than his Duke team last season. Duval must become a respectable shooter to have any chance of sticking around in the NBA as a point guard. Expect Duval to be selected somewhere in the second round. Duval is the type of player who could be the biggest steal of the draft, but also could be out of the league within a few seasons. Athletically, Trevon Duval is a lottery talent, but clearly showed his shortcomings this past season at Duke.
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