Duke Basketball Notebook

Clemson v DukeAnd the parings are in ...

The good news is that Duke will play in Raleigh which is less than a thirty minute ride without traffic from campus.  Another positive note is that there are far worse places to play like Anaheim, California, so should Duke advance, Indianapolis is familiar turf for the staff in that Duke won their last national title in the venue.  While Duke will certainly not look ahead, it's hard for fans not to do the same and with that said let's do so.  Trust me when I say the play in-game between Iowa and Tennessee is likely to win two games and face Duke.  I say that because in my mind both teams could conceivably beat a much higher seed in UMass.  The streaky Vols demolished Virginia earlier this season that they look to be a troublesome match up with their athleticism should it take place.  If Duke moves past the aforementioned teams in Raleigh, they will then likely have a rematch with Michigan and it's simply not easy to beat a good team twice.  If they make it to the final, they will likely find defending national Champion Louisville, Kentucky or the nation's top rated and undefeated team in Wichita State.  No road is easy but if the Blue Devils make it to Dallas, they will certainly have earned a spot.  Duke will play in an open to the public practice this Thursday from 1:30 to 2:10 in Raleigh

After review ...

When you are at the game live, you catch many things some miss on television.  Of course, there are times when that flips and after watching a replay of the game I found myself almost wanting to participate in what some call "Terping."  If you are wondering what "Terping," is, let me share that some in the media refer to it as an off the cuff remark about complaining in general with the usual emphasis being on officiating.  Before I go further, let me say that I still think Virginia earned their win.  I am not saying Duke didn't want this game but I will say I think the Cavaliers may have more and they made the plays to secure a win.  You've all heard the phrase the tie goes to the runner in baseball.  Well, it seemed like every even call went the Cavaliers way, save a couple.  I cannot remember a game where Duke shot just 11 free throws to their opponents 38.  That is quite the gap.  And let's not forget the two technical fouls, one certainly earned, the other questionable.  What some may have missed is Coach Mike Krzyzewski trying to get Jamie Luckies attention but was ignored and that led to him throwing a sharpie and that is where the technical came from.  Trust me, if a team is going to get a tech, they want to get their moneys worth and a word in and Krzyzewski was left miffed.  It was a very critical call in that Duke had the ball as well and it played into Virginia taking solid momentum into halftime after a Duke comeback.  During the post game press conference, Krzyzewski mentioned that Jabari Parker went to the line for three shots on twenty-four field goal attempts.  "That was ridiculous, shameful," said Krzyzewski twice and while I am not sure the outcome would have been altered on this day, I must agree that the numbers were clearly in the favor of the victors.

Yes Virginia!  It was a tough loss ..

It was a tough loss.  When you get a chance to win a title in the new expanded ACC, you have to take the bull by the horns for the title will not come easy moving forward.  I mean, look how long it took Virginia to return to center court and see the confetti fall.  It was a great season for Virginia and Tony Bennett who got my Coach of the Year vote.  What it apparent is that this team hasn't really win anything this season.  A tough schedule gave them little hope of a regular season title and falling short in the ACC Tournament is something they will have to put behind them quickly.  By Duke's lofty standards, this could be considered a "mildly," disappointing season to date.  But that's what March is for in that if they make a run, all past shortcomings will soon be forgotten provided they are still playing.

Notes - Duke forward Jabari Parker has been named the 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award winner as announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Monday.

Chase Jeter Talks Duke, Post-Visit

When it comes to reporting on how national basketball recruits’ official on-campus visits have gone, the national media seems to need to trip all over each other to get the first breathless report up, even if all it says is the visit “went well.” Great information, huh? I have found that sometimes if you wait a few days, let the young man and his family get home, take a breath, and sort their feelings out, you get a much clearer view of what they may be thinking.

With Chase Jeter, the 6’10” forward out of Las Vegas (Class of 2015) who visited last weekend for the UNC game, [ even after settling back in at home with his family and having a week to think about it, he still seems to be glowing from the experience he had in [private] Durham.

Chase Jeter January 18, 2014
Chase Jeter
January 18, 2014

It’s not that Jeter and his family did anything so unusual during the weekend. He and his mom and dad arrived on a rainy Friday morning, had lunch with Coach K and the staff, watched practice in the afternoon, and had dinner that evening with Luke Kennard and the Kennard family. On Saturday they enjoyed a campus tour, and just relaxed and hung out with the current players and some future ones before that evening’s game against the Tar Heels.

Jabari Parker was tasked with being Chase’s “shadow” for the weekend, and that can’t be bad, right? But Chase, Luke, and Myles Turner also hung out a lot with Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Rasheed Sulaimon, among others. He was really impressed by what he saw all weekend, stating that the campus and the facilities exceeded his expectations – he was surprised the campus was as big as it is.

Once at Cameron for the game, Chase was essentially blown away by what he experienced, describing it as an “insane atmosphere.” It was his first time in Cameron, and in fact his first time on campus or indeed in the state of North Carolina, and he thought the fans were awesome.

But the time Chase got to spend with the coaches was a very important part of the visit as well. Of course he was able to continue to develop his relationship with his primary recruiter – Wojo – but he also took the opportunity to get to know Coaches Capel and James a whole lot better, and to connect with Coach K in his natural habitat.

The most interesting comments Chase made in today’s interview were when he described how special being a Duke basketball player would be. Why? Because he learned about, and saw up close, “the pride and passion of having Duke across your chest.” “Duke is filled with top notch students and athletes, and everyone is just genuine people, top of the line. Elite all the way.” He stated that he has not seen anywhere like it, mainly because of the quality of the people involved at the university and within the basketball program.

Chase’s parents, Kim and Chris, felt the same way; according to Chase, they “loved” the whole experience.

So where does this leave us with young Mr. Jeter? Well, he did have a great visit to Arizona recently too, though that was an unofficial visit and the trip to Duke was an official. But Sean Miller’s program is attractive to him too, as their facilities and fans impressed him. Chase stated that Arizona and Duke are his “top two maybe” but was quick to add that many other schools remain in the mix, mentioning UCLA, Oregon, Kansas, and UNC, among others. But still, even when discussing the fact that many other schools are under consideration, he mentioned again that Duke was “awesome.”

How is he going to decide? He’s a thoughtful young man, and his parents are smart and caring people too. This is not going to be a rash decision. But Chase did mention that he’ll be watching the NCAA Tournament, and that how his suitors do in the tournament may in fact be a factor for him, because he wants to be part of a winning program.

Chase refuted the rumors that he is going to be reversing field and making a quick decision. The timeline he told me he had back in January stands – he anticipates making a decision in the spring, possibly late April or early May.

There is no way to know exactly what is going through a young man’s mind when he has this many people, this many famous coaches, this much media, coming at him all the time. But Chase Jeter is a pretty grounded (off the basketball court) kid, from a great family, who obviously feels that Duke made a very positive impression on him last weekend in Durham, and can see himself fitting in on this campus and wearing the Duke blue uniform.[/private]


Duke set to take on the Tigers

Amile and RodneyThe Duke Blue Devils will be the last ACC team to play this evening as they take on Clemson. This game will come down to many intangibles and with that said, let's take a look at them.

The revenge factor

Duke travelled to Clemson earlier in the season and lost 72-59 and let's face it the Blue Devils haven't lost to the Tiger that often. One would think this would bring about a bit of a revenge factor if you will. Losing twice to the Tigers in one season, despite the fact they are a decent club would be devastating to a Duke team hoping to keep up a tradition of excellence.

Hungry Tigers

What could easily off set a possible Duke revenge effort is a hungry team. Clemson will likely need to beat Duke to gain an NCAA birth and this will make for some serious effort. Clemson currently stands at 20 wins.

The lay off

Duke has not fared well after long lay offs and with a 9:45 or so start this could be a factor. Duke struggled to defeat Maryland in Cameron after and early season lay off and we all know what happened at Wake Forest.

This means Duke needs to get off to a quick start

One of the things I will be watching is how the Blue Devils start the game. Will said lay off have the team rusty? A slow start could also give Clemson team confidence and teams can do amazing things when they have momentum riding with them.

Block out, Devils

In the first game, Duke let up a lot of easy basket not blocking out and Clemson is athletic and springy on the boards. They advanced past Georgia Tech with follow up and hustle buckets and Duke will need to match that energy.  Clemson knocked down their free throws in a big way against Tech and keeping them off the boards will eliminate several opportunities to go to the line.

Duke in ACC Tournament Notes

Duke at ACC Tournament Quarterfinal

March 14, 2014 • 9 p.m.

Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum (23,300)

ESPN • ACC Network

Blue Devil IMG Sports Network • ESPN Radio

The Opening Tip

• Duke earned the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament and will play in the quarterfinal Friday, March 14, at 9 p.m. Duke will face one of sixth-seeded Clemson, 11th-seeded Georgia Tech or 14th-seeded Boston College. The game will air on ESPN, the ACC Network and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.

• Duke enters the tournament ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has been ranked in the top 10 in 14 of the 19 polls this season. Duke is 79-22 all-time when playing as the No. 7 team in the AP poll.

• Duke is 18-2 when playing in the state of North Carolina this season. Duke went 17-0 at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium and lost at North Carolina (66-74) and Wake Forest (72-82).

• The Blue Devils have played one game at Greensboro Coliseum, defeating Elon, 86-48, on Dec. 31, 2013.

The Last Time Out

• Jabari Parker turned in one of the all-time great performances in the history of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry, scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils past the Tar Heels, 93-81. Parker hit 10-of-17 field goals and 8-of-9 shots from the free throw line.

• Parker’s 30 points were the most by a Duke freshman in the Duke-North Carolina series, while his 30-10 performance was only the eighth under head coach Mike Krzyzewski (five players).

• Rodney Hood added 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Duke as he and Parker combined for a season-high 54 points in the win.

• Duke outrebounded North Carolina 34-20 and pulled down 16 offensive boards.

• The win wrapped up an undefeated home season for the Blue Devils, who finished 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke has gone undefeated at home in back-to-back seasons and 18 times overall.

By The Numbers

• Duke went 17-0 in Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, marking the second straight undefeated season at home for the Blue Devils. Duke has won 33 consecutive games at home, tied for the longest active streak in the country. Duke has gone undefeated at home 18 times.

• Duke owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.50:1, which would rank as the second-highest ratio since Duke began tracking turnovers in the 1970-71 season. The Blue Devils logged a school-record 1.51:1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season, bettering the previous school record of 1.32 set in 2000-01.

• Freshman Jabari Parker was named to the USBWA, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated All-America first teams, becoming the first Duke freshman to earn All-America first team honors. Parker is only the second Duke freshman to earn All-America status, joining Austin Rivers, who received the honor from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2011-12.

• Parker was named ACC Freshman of the Year after leading the ACC during the regular season in rebounds (9.0 rpg.) and double-doubles (14), ranking second in scoring (19.2 ppg.) and 20-point games (16) and third in field goal percentage (.487 – 209-of-429). Parker is only the fourth freshman in conference history to lead the league in rebounds.

• Parker is one of just six freshmen since 1997 to average at least 19 points and nine rebounds a game. The others were Kevin Durant (Texas - 2007), Michael Beasley (Kansas State - 2008), Kris Humphries (Minnesota - 2004), Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse - 2003) and Troy Murphy (Notre Dame - 1998).

• Rodney Hood has hit a three-pointer in 28 consecutive games and in 30 of Duke’s 31 games this season. The 6-8, 215-pound forward has hit a team-high 65 treys this season while shooting .425 (65-of-153) from behind the arc, second in the league behind only teammate Andre Dawkins (.433 – 61-of-141).

• Andre Dawkins scored his 1,000th career point this past Saturday against North Carolina, becoming the 63rd player to join Duke’s 1,000-point club. Dawkins is averaging a career-best 8.4 points per game this season.

• Tyler Thornton has a team-leading 3.90 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season while averaging 2.4 assists per game. He has just three games with more than one turnover this season, including 16 games with zero turnovers.

Recapping the Myles Turner Visit to Duke

1Young Myles Turner has become a household name as some of the nations top schools vie for his services during the stretch run of his recruitment.

Turner, of course, visited Duke this past weekend and according to his Father, David, who is handling his recruitment talked with Blue Devil Nation and filled me in on their future plans.

What he heard from Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was that he [private] was a player first, with no set position. Turner was able to see the Duke campus, but David Turner said they would have liked to have seen a little more of the campus but quickly followed that saying there was a lot going on.

The Turners are a tight knit group and a decision will be made with few outside influences. Mr. Turner described his family as fun loving people when questioned about his talented seven foot son.

That could be seen when Myles came over to the Duke student section to sit with the Cameron Crazies as he wore a large smile as he cheered right along with them for the Blue Devils.

When asked what they were looking for in a school, Mr. Turner said continued development. He said he was well aware that his son came out of nowhere and soared up the rankings and that his chief concern was continued development for a son he considers to have a high ceiling.

Some of you are probably already wondering if that means he's an automatic one and done type and the answer is that is not necessarily so. In fact, David Turner said his son would get a degree if he had anything to do with it.

It was evident that the young big man enjoyed his trip to Cameron but it is still a bit hard to get a read and perhaps still early on their time table.

According to Mr. Turner, Myles will first play in the upcoming McDonald's All American game and then the Jordan Brand Classic, an event he was just selected to play in earlier in the day.

Their next visit will not be a long trip in that it will be to Texas where they'll be greeted by Rick Barnes which comes before the All Star games and that will be his last.

After the All Star games his family will sit down and discuss what is best for his future and a decision will be made at that time.

Turner continues to work out with his trainer and stay in shape despite the season coming to an end and his goal is to continue to get better.

Who are the true players for his services? "it's Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and SMU in no particular order," per David Turner.

"Myles is very competitive yet humble. Very competitive," sated Davis when asked to describe his son.

He continued, "This is a young man who was not heralded from the fourth grade on, so he wants to make sure he is making the right decision in the process. He simply wants to see everything is available to him."

There are always a ton of rumors and speculation out there is recruiting and one of those is that Myles would stay closer to home and that Texas, who has the last visit is a favorite.

While I did not address rumors with his Father, I did ask if distance was a factor and it's not according to David Turner in that he works for an airlines and he can go anywhere.

"Distance is not a factor, said David. "Especially when you can be coached by Coach K, Bill Self or say Larry Brown."

If there is a favorite moving forward, David Turner did nothing to tip his sons hand but the one thing Duke fans want to know is if their team is in the running and from everything I gathered, they certainly are and their Duke trip was impressive.

Turner is the top remaining prospect on the board and a player that can shift the balance of power.

"Myles is not afraid to compete with anyone," said his Father when asked if they would look into what players were at a school before making a decision.

"Coach K said Myles was a player and we liked that he was not considered just a post player."

We'll have to wait and see how this one will play out but we should all know shortly after the All Star games where he will ultimately go and Kentucky is making a late run, but for now, Duke seems like a viable option. [/private]

Parker, Hood Named to All ACC Teams

The Duke Blue Devils had two members selected to the All ACC teams just announced.  Jabari Parker was a unanimous choice for 1st team while Rodney Hood was tabbed 2nd team.

First team
Jabari Parker, Fr.. Duke (77) 231
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (77), 231
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (69) 223
C.J. Fair, Sr., Syracuse (47) 200
K.J. McDaniels, Jr. Clemson (46) 199

Second Team
Malcolm Brogdon, So., Virginia (35) 170
Lamar Patterson, Sr. Pitt (10) 158
Tyler Ennis, Fr., Syracuse (13) 156
Rodney Hood, Jr., Duke (4) 148
James Michael McAdoo, Jr., North Carolina (2) 103

Third Team
Olivier Hanlan, So., Boston College (3) 101
Joe Harris, Sr., Virginia (1) 79
Rion Brown, Sr., Miami 52
Dez Wells, Jr., Maryland 45
Daniel Miller, Sr., Georgia Tech 34

Honorable Mention
(10 points or more)
Eric Atkins, Sr., Notre Dame 30
Talib Zanna, Sr., Pitt 28
Aaron Thomas, So., Florida State 27
Akil Mitchell, Sr., Virginia 17
Jerami Grant,So. Syracuse 15
Ryan Anderson, Jr., Boston College 10