As the college basketball season looms, it's finally time for the Blue Zone to preview the 2022-23 Duke women's basketball roster. We previously looked at Bo Shaffer, Emma Schmidt, Jiselle Havas, Lee Volker, Imani Lewis, Emma Koabel, Vanessa de Jesus, Mia Heide and Kennedy Brown. Now, let's look at Shay Bollin:
Last year’s stat line: N/A
Game breakdown: Bollin may have missed both her junior and senior seasons in high school rehabbing from injury, but that did not stop her from being a top recruit in the class of 2022. Highly touted for her ability to stretch the court by battling inside as well as knocking down threes, Bollin provides a challenge to defenses, forcing them to choose which side of her game to stop. She averaged 18.8 points per game in high school as only a sophomore, and it stands to reason that her natural scoring ability will only continue to improve.
Her game does not stop at her offensive prowess. Also during her sophomore campaign, Bollin averaged 2.5 blocks and 2.2 steals per game. A versatile stretch four with the agility to impact the game on both ends of the court, Bollin gives the Blue Devils an option at forward sure to create matchup problems for the opposing defense.
Role on the team: Bollin will be competing for playing time with more experienced forwards including Kennedy Brown, Taya Corosdale, Mia Heide and Elizabeth Balogun. That being said, the freshman has a wonderful opportunity to learn from these players, and she will have the chance to see her playing time increase over the course of the season depending on her performance. Bollin will play an increasingly important role for the Blue Devils as she continues her collegiate career, and she should make an impact from day one.
Projected stats: 15 MPG, 5.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.6 APG
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Dom Fenoglio is a Trinity sophomore and an assistant Blue Zone editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.