Haley Gorecki will look to re-establish herself as a 3-point threat this season.

Duke women's basketball 2017-18 player preview: Haley Gorecki

Haley Gorecki

Year: Redshirt Sophomore 

Height: 6-foot 

Position: Guard

Last year’s Statline: N/A, Redshirt 

Game Breakdown: Before redshirting last season due to a hip injury, Gorecki saw action in only 14 games in which she averaged 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. She scored most effectively her freshman season from the charity stripe, hitting over 88 percent of her free throw attempts 

Though touted as a three-point sharpshooter out of high school, Gorecki struggled from beyond the arc her freshman season, shooting just 22.2 percent from long range. Gorecki also struggled with ball handling her first season, tallying 1.8 turnovers per game in an average of only 16.2 minutes. 

Gorecki’s strengths are most visible in her play off the bounce; she drives hard at the basket, making space for other guards on the perimeter and finishing the shots herself. Gorecki also succeeds when paired up with the likes of other Blue Devil guards, like Becca Greenwell, in transition. She is not afraid to shoot the three when open, and if she can re-establish consistency there, will boost Duke's success from beyond the arc.  

Role on the Team: As the Becca Greenwell and Lexie Brown duo was established last season as one of the strongest in the ACC, Gorecki’s role will undoubtedly be less important in a sharpshooting role than it would have been her freshman season. With one of Duke’s primary ball-handlers, Kyra Lambert, out for the beginning of the season due to ACL recovery, Gorecki could see some ball-handling duties early in the season. She will likely relinquish those duties later in the year in favor of acting as a third option weapon on the perimeter. 

Projected Stats: 5.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.4 APG 

Stay tuned with the Blue Zone for our continuing player previews with redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki tomorrow. Previous players previewed include Jade Williams, Jayda Adams, Madison Treece, Mikayla Boykin, Emily Schubert, Leaonna Odom and Sofia Roma

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