• Chris Duarte is an athletic, talented perimeter scorer who ranked among the most efficient offensive players in college basketball as a senior at Oregon. A consensus top-200 prospect in the high school class of 2017 out of Redemption Christian Academy (NY), Duarte spent his first two seasons at the Junior College level at Northwest Florida State where he was named NJCAA Player of the Year in 2019. Emerging as an x—factor for Head Coach Dana Altman’s Ducks, he averaged 12.9 points per game two years ago as a junior—his first year at the Division I level. As well as he played for stretches that year, the 23-year-old showed major growth as a senior averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game to lead the Ducks to the Sweet Sixteen.
• Possessing solid size for a guard listed at 6’6 with a lean 190-pound frame, Duarte is a very good athlete with a toughness to his game.
• Spending time playing on and off the ball in a featured role for the Ducks, Duarte showed intriguing versatility as a perimeter shot-maker. Creating his own shot effectively out of ball screens and one-on-one, proving very reliable spacing the floor, and taking the ball strong to the rim as a finisher, Duarte showed significant growth as a scorer last season and did a better job making decisions with the ball than he did as an underclassman.
• An active defender with good instincts in the passing lanes and decent lateral quickness, Duarte emerged as a playmaker for an Oregon team that played a mixture of man and zone defense. He was a second late closing out in spots, but made an effort to get in a stance and move his feet on the perimeter.
• A terrific all-around shot-maker, Duarte did much of his damage off the dribble last season making shots at a strong rate out of ball screens and isolations, but also knocked down catch and shoot jumpers spotting up and running off screens with great consistency. Picking and choosing his spots well, his maturity was apparent last season.
• Shooting the ball at an exceptionally high level last season overall, Duarte averaged a stellar 1.39 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [95th percentile] on somewhat limited attempts and an equally impressive 1.12 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [94th percentile]. Showing the ability to stop and pop with range, step back into deep jumpers, and even take what defenders gave him in the midrange, Duarte ranked among the most efficient jump shooters in college basketball least season despite how many of his attempts came off the dribble or on the move.
• Using the threat of his jumper to attack the rim with long strides and solid footwork, Duarte scored 1.28 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [75th percentile] as he was very opportunistic as a slasher. Finishing emphatically with a head of steam, and doing a better job finding the open man when cut off inside, Duarte’s maturation as a decision-maker played a role in his efficiency as well.
• Doing some of his best work in Transition scoring 1.49 points per Transition possession [92nd percentile], Duarte’s work in the passing lanes contributed to his efficiency in the open floor
• Coming up with a lot of steals this season, Duarte was aggressive in the passing lanes. He did a better job coming up with deflections than he did effecting shooters when closing out, but played with a solid activity level overall.
• Possessing nice length and quickness for a guard, Duarte allowed 0.81 points per Isolation possession [39th percentile] doing a pretty good job containing the ball despite giving up quickness in some matchups.
— Profile by Synergy Sports