Duke faces yet another tough battle Wednesday when Virginia Tech takes the floor in Durham. The Hokies are fresh off an upset victory over rival Virginia, making a statement to the rest of the ACC that they're primed to make some waves during the remaining league schedule.
On Tuesday, freshman center Wendell Carter, Jr., spoke with the media about the Hokies, the coaching staff's decision to move Grayson Allen to point guard and more.
WENDELL CARTER JR.
On changes when Grayson Allen is running the point
“Last year he had to do it for Duke. He’s known for being a great shooter. Putting him at the point guard position, he has to make sure everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to do. Being here for four years, he knows the system, he knows what we need to do on the offensive and defensive end. I think it’s definitely a good thing for us. He plays off of us, he gets us open shots.”
On playing without Marvin Bagley Jr.
“Marvin’s a phenomenal player and with him not being out there, it puts a lot of attention on the other players out there. We just have to step up. He comes and plays hard every day, every game. Marvin plays well on the offensive and defensive end so we just have to pick up that slack since he’s not out there with us.”
On how Grayson has helped lead the team during ACC play
“Like I said, being here for four years, he knows the ropes. He knows what’s going to happen and the teams we’re playing. He just tries to prepare us mentally and emotionally. Share emotions with each other and play as hard as you can because every team is coming out to get our number. Just because we have Duke across our chest, we automatically have that target on our back. He’s just tried to help us be prepared for that situation.”
On key against Virginia Tech
“To play hard for 40 minutes. Recently, we’ve been playing very well in the first half, but something’s not there for us in the second half. As long as we come out and play hard for 40 minutes, I believe we’ll come out with a victory. They play very hard. They beat Virginia, who’s also a very good team. They play hard and play for each other.”