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Northwest Florida’s Chris Duarte One of Top 2019 Guards

06/19/2018, 4:45pm EDT
By Brendan Walker

Chris Duarte will be one of the most sought after guards this year in the 2019 JUCO Class. The 6’6 guard can play the 1-3 and makes the game look easy at times. As a freshman this past year for Northwest Florida, he averaged 12.1 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game (led the team), and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 54.6% from the field and 36.7% from 3.  He did all of this in 23 minutes per game which is impressive.

Duarte has unbelievable instincts for rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor. He can make plays all over the court with his versatility. He is great coming off ball screens and making the right decision. He has a good handle and hard to keep out of the paint. He can shoot it from 3 and has a good midrange pull up.  He is a very efficient player and a tough cover for majority of defenses with his size and skill set. 

Duarte is excited about the 18-19 season and looking forward to a bigger role as a sophomore. talked with Duarte recently about this upcoming season. What are your goals for this season?

Duarte: I want to be a better leader on the court, help my teammates as much as I can, and win a National Championship What have you been working on the most this offseason?

Duarte: I’m really working on my body, I want to be physically stronger What are you looking for in you next school?

Duarte: I want to go to a school where they will give me the opportunity to show my talent on and off the court. I want to go to a program that will help me get better every day and get ready for the next level Do you have any plans for when you want to make a decision?

Duarte: Not right now, I am just focused on getting better and the upcoming season What schools have reached out to you so far?

Duarte: Illinois, Wichita State, Temple, Houston and several others

Duarte will be at the All American Open hosted by JucoShowcase on July 12th in Atlanta with several of his teammates.  He will also be at the All American Elite 80 in Las Vegas July 28-29.


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