ESPN’s Dave Telep talks Duke Basketball Recruiting with BDN

In the past week alone, BDN Premium has spoke to Brick Oettinger of Prep Stars, Jason Jordan of ESPN and today we bring our members a chat about Duke Basketball Recruiting with the well known Dave Telep, also of ESPN.  BDN Premium has built tremendous relationships on the recruiting trail, where we get out there and work hard, therefore earning respect.  The beauty of Blue Devil Nation being an independent site with no affiliation is we can talk to the best of the best.  In the past, we have also used Tom Knochalski and others and this is why BDN Premium is known for thinking outside the box and that is what in my opinion, makes our premium section unique.  Our work is often copied in style and such, but never duplicated.  It’s time you tried or came back to BDN Premium to see the quality we offer.  In my chat with Telep, we spoke of the Tony Parker situation, 2012 studs, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle and Rasheed Sulaimon.  And as always, Telep was spot on.  For the record, I have great respect for Dave in that he truly cares for the kid and he’s a class act on and off duty.  Okay!  On to the latest premium offering for members of Blue [private] Devil Nation –

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ESPN’s Jason Jordan talks Duke Basketball Recruiting with BDN (Public)

Julius Randle visited Duke yesterday - BDN Photo

(We have now made this a public video) I had the pleasure of talking with ESPN’s Jason Jordan about Duke Basketball Recruting during the recent Holiday Invitational in Raleigh.  I got Jordan’s thoughts on Julius Randle, the latest on Tony Parker, Theo Pinson, Jaquell Richmond and Tyus Jones and more in this exclusive BDN Video for our premium members.


Next up – Recruiting Update

Duke at Temple Official Game Notes

[5 AP / 3 Coaches] Duke (12-1) vs. Temple (9-3)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. (ET) • ESPN2

The Opening Tip

• Duke (12-1) faces Temple (9-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).

• The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) calling the action.

• Duke is ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Temple is unranked in both polls. The Blue Devils are 64-23 all-time when ranked fifth in the AP Poll.

• The Blue Devils have won 16 consecutive non-postseason (ACC & NCAA Tournaments excluded) neutral site contests entering Wednesday’s contest.

• Duke is looking to start the season 13-1 for the 19th time in school history and the 13th time under Mike Krzyzewski.

• With a win on Wednesday, Duke would improve to 6-0 on the year in neutral site contests.

Duke-Temple Series

• Duke and Temple have met 27 times with the first meeting between the two schools coming in 1931.

• The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 18-9, including an 11-1 mark under Mike Krzyzewski.

• Duke has won nine consecutive games and 15 of the last 18 in the series.

• Six of the last nine games in the series have been decided by 10 points or more.

Duke vs. the Atlantic 10

• The Blue Devils are 79-27 all-time against Atlantic 10 opponents.

• Duke has won 18 consecutive games against Atlantic 10 opponents dating back to a 59-58 loss to Temple on Jan. 25, 1996.

• Mike Krzyzewski is 36-1 against the Atlantic 10 as the head coach at Duke.

Numbers Game

l Duke is 35-2 in neutral site contests since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Blue Devils have won one NCAA Championship, three ACC titles and four in-season tournaments in that span.

l The Blue Devils have won 16 consecutive non-postseason (ACC & NCAA Tournaments excluded) neutral site contests.

l Duke has won 49 consecutive games against teams outside the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12).

l The Blue Devils have won 34 of their last 37 non-conference contests. Duke is 62-7 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l Quinn Cook has not committed a turnover in his last 62 minutes on the floor. He has recorded 19 assists since his last turnover in the first half of Duke’s win over UNC-Greensboro on Dec. 19. On the year, Cook has just six turnovers in 150 minutes for an average of 25.0 minutes between turnovers. His 4.8:1 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the team.

l Miles Plumlee is averaging 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game over the last four contests. Plumlee has collected 10 or more rebounds twice during that stretch.

l Duke is averaging 47.7 rebounds per game over the last three contests and has a +19.3 rebound margin in that span. The post trio of Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee and Ryan Kelly is averaging 28.7 rebounds per game (opponents are averaging 28.0 rpg.) in that span.

l Quinn Cook is averaging 12.0 points, 6.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game over the last three games. He is 12-of-19 (.632) from the field during that stretch.

l Either Mason or Miles Plumlee have grabbed 10 or more rebounds in nine of Duke’s 13 games this season. Mason has reached double figures in rebounds seven times, while Miles has three double digit rebounding efforts.

l Seth Curry is averaging 18.5 ppg. while shooting 13-of-24 (.542) from the field, including 6-of-11 (.545) from three-point distance, over the last two games.

l Duke is shooting 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from three-point range over the last three games. Tyler Thornton is 6-of-7 (.857), while Ryan Kelly is 7-of-10 (.700) from behind the arc in that stretch.

l The Blue Devils are averaging 91.6 points per game during their current five-game win streak. Austin Rivers, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and Andre Dawkins are each averaging in double figures during the win streak.

l Duke has distributed 20 or more assists in each of the last two games and three times this season.

l Duke has scored at least 40 points in 10

BDN’s Monday Musings – Quinn Cook, Ryan Kelly, the Plums, Rasheed Sualimon, Julius Randle

Most people are adjusting back to a normal routine after the holidays, but I found myself quite busy covering two Duke Basketball games and three days worth of high school prospects.  In fact, I’ll finally make it back to the gym today, but only after another edition of Monday Musings.

17 assists, 0 turnovers

During last evening’s post game press conference with Duke Coach Mike Krzyzweski, he quipped, “Quinn Cook has 17 assists and no turnovers in his last two games.”  I tweeted that and within a few minutes noticed there were a bevy of retweets.  For those counting, Cook has played 62 minutes without a turnover.  The freshman point guard wasn’t quite the same after his injury  last season, but after surgery and rest, he’s just now getting back to form.  I’m seeing flashes of what he did before the injury when I covered him on the AAU circuit and that means you will see it as well as the season progresses.  But the true test for Cook will be how does he handle hostile environments like he will in the next two road games with Temple and the ACC opener with Georgia Tech.  Cook is the only true PG on the Blue Devils roster and if he can continue to adjust to the college game and improve his defense, he’ll get plenty of burn.  One must remember a PG eight miles down the road named Kendall Marshall burst onto the scene last year, but in his case, he had to.  Duke has a steady, calm leader in Tyler Thornton, a swing guard, who was making three point shots look like a three inch putt in his last two outings, but that is an area he needs to be consistent in to keep opposing defenses honest.  My thinking is that there will remain a combination of the two in some manner all season long

Austin Rivers is the ACC Rookie of the Year

Rivers had trouble finishing off his moves in his last outing, but the freshman is destined to break out before seasons end.  With Duke seeking chemistry going into ACC play, he’s finding his spot and once again adjusting.  The keyword though is adjusting for he has had a huge transformation with his game since he was in high school.  His willingness to do so has proven that he is all about team first.  Rivers, provided he stays healthy is a lock for ACC Rookie of the Year and he leads the 12-1 Blue Devils in scoring as a freshman for a reason, that being he’s pretty darn good.

The Plums

There was one possession Mason past up an easy shot to dish to his brother Miles who was maybe a foot closer to the rim.  The play didn’t set well with the bench but it showed that Mason is looking to get Miles going in his senior year and how close these guys and family really are.  Next time, take the shot but don’t worry with that play too much for Mason has been a rebounding machine and a very consistent option for Duke.  He’s definitely struggling from the free throw line for sure, but he also leads the team in FG%.  And FWIW, his four blocks last evening tied his career high at Duke.  Meanwhile, Miles had solid back to back games and it seems as if the senior is finding more consistency in his last season as a Blue Devil.  And, for one, think that he will continue to improve.

Ryan Kelly getting aggressive

If you watch the videos we provided from last evenings game, you’ll hear junior forward, Ryan Kelly, state that he sought to play more aggressively.  Kelly recorded hi first double-double at Duke with 18 points and 12 rebounds and his 26 minutes played in the 85-55 blowout of Penn was tops on the team.  Kelly had struggled a little bit of late but it always seems like you can count on him to come back.  Duke will need Kelly to be a presence in upcoming road tests and the ACC season.

Covering Rasheed Sulaimon

I am as impressed as ever with Rasheed Sulaimon.  The future Blue Devil will join Alex Murphy and Marshall Plumlee who are both red shirting provided there are no injuries in next seasons class.  Sulaimon was flat out sick as a dog during the Holiday Invitational but he reached deep and helped his team, Strake Jesuit, win their last two games to go back to Texas 2-1.  Sulaimon visited Duke with his father and brother for the win over Western Michigan and he continues to recruit for the Blue Devils hoping to add players to his class.

Julius Randle visits

While the students were gone, Randle still got the “Julius Randle come to Duke,” chant which he smiled about.  Randle is a flat out stud in the post and a player the Blue Devils staff covets.  Randle visited UNC yesterday and then caught the entire Duke game.  It’ll be a good while before Randle, a junior in high school this season, decides, but there is already panic at every turn.  If you do not believe me take a look at the message boards.

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Penn at Duke Official Game Notes

• Game 13 •

[7 AP / 5 Coaches] Duke (11-1) vs. Penn (6-7)

Sunday, January 1, 2012 • 5:05 p.m. (ET) • ESPNU

The Opening Tip

• Duke (11-1) faces Penn (6-7) on Sunday, Jan. 1 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 5:05 p.m. (ET).

• The game will be televised by ESPNU with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Hubert Davis (analyst) calling the action.

• Duke is ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Penn is unranked in both polls. The Blue Devils are 76-20 all-time when ranked seventh in the AP Poll.

• The Blue Devils have won 42 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the second-longest home winning streak in school history.

• Duke has won an NCAA-best 92 straight home games against non-conference opponents.

• The Blue Devils are playing on the first day of the new year for the first time since the 1965-66 season. Duke is 2-2 all-time in games played on Jan. 1.

Duke-Penn Series

• Duke leads the all-time series, 9-6, including a 3-0 mark under Mike Krzyzewski.

• The Blue Devils have won three straight and are 4-1 overall at Cameron Indoor Stadium against the Quakers.

• Duke has won six straight and eight of the last nine games in the all-time series.

• The first meeting between the two schools came in the 1939-40 season.

Duke vs. the Ivy League

• The Blue Devils are 49-9 all-time against Ivy League opponents.

• Duke has won 23 consecutive games against Ivy League opponents dating back to a 72-55 decision against Princeton on Dec. 12, 1981.

• Mike Krzyzewski is 23-1 against the Ivy League as the head coach at Duke.

Numbers Game

l Duke has won 92 straight non-conference home games, the longest current streak in the NCAA. The last home loss against a non-conference opponent for the Blue Devils was on Feb. 26, 2000 against St. John’s, 83-82.

l The Blue Devils have won 86 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium against unranked non-conference opponents.

l Duke is 56-1 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l The Blue Devils have won 42 consecutive games in Cameron Indoor Stadium with 36 of the victories coming by 10 or more points.

l Duke has won 48 consecutive games against teams outside the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12).

l The Blue Devils have won 34 of their last 37 non-conference contests. Duke is 62-7 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l Austin Rivers has scored in double-figures in nine straight games, leading the team in scoring in six of those contests. He is averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game in that span, while shooting 47.8 percent (54-of-113) from the field and 44.7 percent (17-of-38) from three-point range.

l Miles Plumlee is averaging 11.7 rebounds over the last three games for the Blue Devils. He grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds in Friday’s win over Western Michigan. Plumlee has collected 10 or more defensive rebounds in each of the last two games.

l Quinn Cook has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last two games. He is averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in that span. Cook is 10-of-14 (.714) from the field with a 5.0:1 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last two games as well.

l Duke’s point guard combination of Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook combined for 28 points, six rebounds and 11 assists (with two turnovers) in the win over Western Michigan.

l Duke is shooting 52.8 percent (121-of-229) from the field during its current four-game win streak. Miles and Mason Plumlee are a combined 29-of-39 (.734) from the field in that span.

l The Blue Devils are averaging 12.0 three-point field goals, while shooting 50.0 percent (24-of-48) from long distance over the last two games.

l Miles Plumlee will play for his 100th career victory on Sunday against Penn. Duke is 99-14 (.876) in games that Plumlee has played during his four-year career. He would become the 32nd player in school history to join the 100-win club.

l Quinn Cook played 23 minutes without committing a turnover against Western Michigan. On the year, he has just six turnovers in 128 minutes for an average of 21.3 minutes between turnovers. His 3.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the team.