Georgia State will open its men’s basketball season at Duke on Friday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
I came to Durham today to do some reporting on a story that will run Sunday to preview the Champions Classic, a four-team event that will be played at the Georgia Dome on Tuesday and will include the Devils, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas.
During those interviews, I asked Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski, Seth Curry and Rasheed Sulaimon about the Panthers.
“We know they are very well coached. Early in the season to play a team that plays a lot of different defenses, especially zone defenses, is unusual.
“We’re going to have to handle those defenses and attack them in an organized manner.
“The coach’s son, (R.J.) Hunter, is an outstanding shooter. You have to stay with him and take him off the 3-point line.
“Their point guard, (Devonta) White, presents problems with his quickness and ability to break down defenses.
“They are a very good team, well coached and to start a season it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.”
“They have a lot of young guys. First off, the point guard is really quick and can push the ball up the floor. They play a zone defense, which helps their transition, kind of like Syracuse does, using their two top guards to get out and get easy baskets.
“We have to attack that zone with good shots. Our guards have to concentrate on getting back and not let them get easy baskets. If we get back we’ll be fine.”
Sulaimon is a freshman from Houston:
“They are a team that plays a lot of zone. I know one of their freshmen, R.J. Hunter, can really shoot the ball.
“We actually grew up playing against each other a couple of times.
“The first time we ever played each other was in the fourth grade. His team beat us and then we won every game after that. I think I’m 3-1 against him.
“He had his fair share of points and I had my fair share of points. We went back and forth.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC and AJC.com. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu