December 11, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Duquesne Dukes guard Jerry Jones (5) reacts as the Dukes take the lead late in the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second half at the CONSOL Energy Center.The Duquesne Dukes won 60-56. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Knowing Duquesne’s Options – The Wings


Yesterday, I profiled what the Dukes have at point.   Today, I’ll have a look at the wings.

Normally, in a Jim Ferry offense two wings would start. Ideally, they would be a combination of a guard and forward with the ball handling of a two, but the toughness and inside outside game of a small forward. With the two headed point guard monster, I suspect Ferry will only play one wing.

Back to confuse the hell out of ESPN in 2013-14, the unrelated  Jerry and Jeremiah Jones will vie for minutes at the three. I actually think they could split them pretty evenly though I’d give Jeremiah the edge as of now. I like the improvements I saw from Jeremiah over the summer and I think he could be the key to a better than expected season. He looks like a stronger free throw shooter and playmaker. Jerry offers a solid back up with the ability to play tough defense and hit the outside shot. He has struggled with consistency during his career, has difficulty creating his own shot but moves very well off the ball. When one of the point guards leaves the game, Jeremiah could slot into the two and Jerry could play more of a three.

Others could find playing time on the wing. While young and raw, LG Gill could shoot his way onto the floor. At 6’7”, he would provide excellent size at the three and has an easy shot from outside. It also wouldn’t be out of the question that Ovie Soko could find some time here if the other bigs show they can handle the post. If eligible, Micah Mason could factor at the 2/3 as well.

How high the Dukes rise in 2013-14 hinges on how much production they get from the 3 in my opinion. It was below average last year and offers an easy opportunity for improvement. If they expect greater contributions from the position, it will require internal options to step up. Jeremiah Jones looked better over the summer and while Jerry failed to impress last year, he has the potential to end his career on a higher note.  One thing is certain, the Dukes won’t lose much from one Jones to the next and seamless depth at the swing position could result in a plus for the Dukes.

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