Haven't you been harping on the impact Meeks and Hicks will make down low next year? You know, 2 guys who have never touched a basketball in ACC play, let alone the college game?
I'd say it's fair then for Duke fans to be happily awaiting one of the best prospects in a decade, as well as a guy with college experience who many believe to have 1st round talent.
A key point for Duke next year as well...they're going to be athletic. Finally. Athletic teams have always plagued them in March, and a reason they are such a great team in ACC play before getting ousted early on in the tourney by a more athletic team.
Next year? They can run with anyone.
I also think you're overstating the role of the 5 in the college game. There just aren't many great 5's in the college game anymore. Size is lacking across the board for most teams, and I wouldn't be surprised to see K run an Olympic style roster with Jabari playing the role of LBJ at the 5 in key moments.
Cook, Rasheed, Dawkins, Hood, and Parker on the court at the same time? Rebounding will be hurt (and was atrocious this past season anyway), but good luck defending it.
Titles more often than not come down to who has the most NBA players on the court IMO. Duke could potentially have 3 1st rounders in their starting 5 next year. Duke may not have had that since 2001.