With the college basketball season right around the corner, it's time for the Blue Zone to take a look at the 2023-24 Duke women's basketball roster. We previously looked at Emma Koabel, Oluchi Okananwa and Delaney Thomas. Next up is freshman forward Jordan Wood:
Last year’s stat line: N/A
Game breakdown: Jordan Wood is a lengthy forward whose height makes her a force on both ends of the court. With experience, she will prove to be a valuable weapon in head coach Kara Lawson’s arsenal. The Chicago native announced she was joining The Sisterhood in April following her decommitment from Michigan State.
The Carmel Catholic product is a disruptive defender and averaged 1.2 blocks and 1.6 steals per game in her senior season. Her abilities should fit well with the Blue Devil defense as the freshman will have the opportunity to practice and play alongside veteran defenders like Reigan Richardson and Kennedy Brown.
While Wood’s athleticism allows her to finish in the paint, she also has a respectable 3-point shot, which will require defenders to step up on her outside the arc. In her senior campaign, the Chicagoan averaged 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, earning her the title of News Sun Player of the Year. With time, she will be able to develop her offensive game, building strength and increasing long-range confidence to become a crucial part of the Duke offense.
Role on the team: As a freshman, Wood will have to compete for playing time against classmate Delaney Thomas. Regardless, she should be able to earn meaningful minutes with her versatile defensive skill set and multidimensional offensive bag. Expect the forward to guard multiple positions on the court and wreak havoc on all corners of the hardwood.
Projected stats: 19.6 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG
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