3 Duke players the Raptors should be watching as future draft prospects

Kyle Filipowski and Jared McCain, Duke Blue Devils
Kyle Filipowski and Jared McCain, Duke Blue Devils / Grant Halverson/GettyImages
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No. 2: Jared McCain, guard

The Duke Blue Devils have a freshman guard who is an absolute bucket, capable of shooting from all three levels. Jared McCain is quick and shifty in the lane, can turn on the turbo jets in transition to get to the rim before a defender, and is capable of scorching-hot shooting from the outside.

Sounds like anyone on the Raptors? There are some real similarities between Immanuel Quickley and Jared McCain, and there is no one better for McCain to learn from than Quickley. The two guards would ensure consistency when Quickley goes to the bench and have enough shooting and playmaking between them to play in the backcourt together.

Jared McCain was the lone freshman to earn his way into Duke's starting lineup and has never looked back. At 6'3" he isn't a massive body on defense but he is capable of defending both backcourt positions. If he snags a live ball he is a threat to finish at the cup, but even more so is positively lethal pulling up for a transition 3-pointer.

McCain's best skill is his shooting, and he can red-hot in certain games; against Florida State this season he hit eight 3-pointers, a Duke freshman record. He can shoot off movement, pulling up off the dribble or off the catch. That is a skill that will immediately translate to the NBA.

The Raptors likely wouldn't be considering McCain with their own pick; if they keep it they will be picking in the Top 6. The first-round pick they own from the Golden State Warriors, however, could fall right in the middle of the First Round and make McCain the perfect selection at that point in the draft.