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Josh Duncan
SI Rank
3
Position: Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'9, 238

BIOGRAPHY: Duncan has shown considerable offensive improvement over his four-year career at Xavier, arguably turning in his best numbers in 2007-08. He averaged a team-leading 12.4 points during the regular season, earning the Atlantic 10's Sixth Man of the Year award and a spot on the conference's second team. Duncan was even better in the postseason, averaging 18.3 points in four NCAA tournament games. Scouts had a chance to observe Duncan at the Portsmouth Invitational, and they liked his strengths on the perimeter and the post. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds at the event, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading his club to the championship. Duncan has shown his versatility handling the ball on the open floor - a quality scouts would love to see him continue to develop. He boasts a strong frame, but relies more on his force than on his skills on the inside and appears more comfortable facing the basket. If he plans to reach the next level, he'll need to improve his game with his back to the net and try to avoid depending solely on his size advantage. That size, though, has allowed him to make up for his lack of lateral quickness. Duncan shot a career-best 41.7 percent (55-of-132) from beyond the arc as a senior, but his speed might limit him to playing inside. Defensively, he is missing that explosive first step, which has allowed taller players to easily shoot over him. While he excels on screens, he needs to learn to follow his man better.

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