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Amile Jefferson Eligible to Return

10644586_10205578347492091_4093529158834014343_nDURHAM, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference has approved a medical hardship waiver for Duke senior Amile Jefferson, making him eligible to compete for the Blue Devils in 2016-17.

Duke sought the waiver on Jefferson’s behalf after he missed all but nine games in 2015-16 due to a right foot fracture sustained in December. In those nine games, he averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds.

In 115 games in a Duke uniform, including 68 starts, Jefferson has averaged 6.1 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting .624 from the field. His 277 career offensive rebounds are sixth-most in program history.

 

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Duke offers PG Tremont Waters

images (22)Duke Assistant Coach Jon Scheyer visited PG Tremon Waters this afternoon where the prospect learned that Coach K was offering him.  Waters is a 5-11 PG from South Kent, Connecticut who plays for South Kent High School.  He currently holds offers from UConn and Seton Hall.  Duke is in pursuit of a multi year PG in this class.

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Coach K and Duke offers Hamidou Diallo

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Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has extended an offer to Hamidou Diallo.  The 6-4, 180 pound shooting guard is from Queens, New York and plays his AAU ball for the New York Rens.  His play at this past weekends EYBL Session 1 has made it clear that he is one of the nations finest talents in the Class of 2017.  He is currently attending the Putnam Science Academy and is considered a sure fire prospect and he holds offers from Connecticut, Kentucky to mention a few.

 

 

 

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Langford Garners Duke Offer

images (18)Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski offered 2018 guard Romeo Langford last evening.  Langford is a sleek 6-4, 178 pound wing that plays his high school basketball for New Albany High School which is in New Albany, Indiana.  Despite being in the Hoosiers backyard, Langford liked the Blue Devils growing up.  Langford is very athletic and considered a scorer.  The Blue Devils are actively recruiting wing guards to replace current or expected defections on their roster. Duke Assistant Coach Jon Scheyer is the lead assistant for Langford. Indiana, Louisville, Kansas and Kentucky are among others who have offered the talented Langford.

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Duke questions answered

AMile vs KentuckyWelcome to the very first edition of your Duke Athletic related questions answered.  Each week , we'll take the best questions via our twitter feed or out Facebook Group or Facebook Page.  You can send those in every Monday.

With the departure of Derryck Thorton, does this mean Frank Jackson will get the ball from day one at the point guard spot?

The general consensus out there would be that this indeed happens, but not so fast.  Jackson is an incredibly talented young man with a good handle but his decision-making needs refinement when it comes to dishing the ball.  He was the man at his high school teams level and now must become accustomed to playing with great players at Duke.  What does that mean?  Enter Grayson Allen into the mix.  Allen led the team in assists a season ago and when a player of his stature barrels down the court, he will draw plenty of defenders.  Allen may want to show the NBA types that he can play both guard spots when needed and his game may end up translating best to scouts if this happens.  I think we see both players sharing the duties.

Do you think Duke can go undefeated in the ACC next season?

No.  As talented as they will be, it is asking a lot to do so in what will be the best league in America.  I recently posted an article with the slate as it is to date.  Duke will face all the toughest teams in the league on the road and that includes UNC, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Florida State and Notre Dame.  I think fans should be excited for sure but ground their expectations  in reality.

With a loaded roster will Amile Jefferson still be a starter next year?

One of the things one learns about Duke Basketball is that nothing is promised.  That means you have to earn burn on the practice floor. Fans get caught up with starting when they shouldn't.  Coach Krzyzewski has on more than one occasion called his sixth man a starter.  A look at minutes played shows players off the bench can okay more than starters in the past.  Enough about that.  I do think Amile Jefferson, a senior captain, will start.  He was having a phenomenal year before going down to injury and there is no reason for that not to continue.  What Duke lost in his play a season ago will be gained in 2016-17.  There is nothing like a veteran presence on the court and in the locker room to show others the Duke way of doing things.  I'm very excited that Jefferson will be on the roster next season playing a major role.

What are your impressions of Duke Football this coming season?

Well, Spring practice has completed and it did provide some insight. With a much tougher schedule, I think the goal of making a bowl game to be realistic.  Duke, while talented, has some question marks. The offensive line didn't look that good at times and this has been an area of no worry to the point fans have been spoiled.  Duke is seeking play makers on the outside, while developing quarterbacks who have not seen the field a lot in the past.  They are thin in experience at defensive end and must replace a leader in future NFL stat Jeremy Cash.  The positives are that recruiting is going well, the running backs, linebackers and secondary could all be better positions.  I do think fans will have fun in an almost completed Wallace Wade Stadium and that Duke will continue to compete.  The program foundation is on solid ground, but occasionally there has to be a step back in order to move forward. That is called rebuilding.  I would be quite happy with yet another bowl invitation.

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2016-17 Duke Schedule Preview

Kennard drivesThere is a lot of anticipation with concern to the 2016-17 Duke Blue Devils Basketball team and here is an early look at what their schedule will look like.

While I don't know who the season opening opponent will be, I do know that Duke will play two games in Hall of Fame Classic where they will face Penn State and then the winner of Rhode Island and Cincinnati.  The games will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena, adjacent to the casino in Connecticut.

There will be two preliminary games as well, one of those games will be Duke taking on Grand Canyon.  There will be another game for a total of two contests in Cameron  Indoor Stadium to open the season.  So, for clarity, Duke will play four games in this tournament .

Sandwiched in between these games will be the Champions Classic where Duke draws Kansas this season while Kentucky takes on Michigan State.  These games will be played in the famed Madison Square Garden on November the 15th.  Kansas will be ranked among the nations best teams.

Somewhere around the end of November, Duke will travel to take on an opponent in the ACC-Big 10  Challenge.  The opponent has not been announced but a guess would be Indiana or Wisconsin. Teams generally do not play at home twice, thus Michigan State would seemingly be eliminated.  The Badgers return in tact, while Indiana will benefit from players deciding to come back instead of bolting for the NBA.

Moving on to December, Duke will play the Florida Gators in the Jimmy V Classic and the game will be in Madison Square Garden in New York.  This will be a part of a double-header and Arizona State and Purdue could make up the other game but I am not sure of that at this time.  The Gators are coached by Mike White, who is the son of Duke Athletic Director Kevin White.

Duke will also head to Las Vegas to take on UNLV on December the 10th.  This game will be held at the MGM Resort Arena.

Duke will face a brutal ACC road schedule that consists of games at North Carolina, Louisville, Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Florida State, Miami and Wake Forest.

Duke will take on the following teams in Cameron Indoor Stadium - North Carolina, NC State, Miami, Pitt, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State and Boston College.

That leaves about six games, many of which will be in Cameron. Here is where the guess-work begins.  Duke may play games in the state of Pennsylvania and Texas as homecoming games for seniors Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones.  They might also play another game against a stellar opponent in New Jersey.  There are sure to be a couple of mid major type of opponents as well.

This is what we can put together at this time and some things can change but most of what I have mentioned here is etched in stone.

The road games in the ACC will certainly test a talented Duke squad, so for those over zealous fans expecting perfection, think again.  The Blue Devils return three starters and add to that one of the nations best recruiting classes. With that said, now all fans can do is wait for tip off for what is sure to be an exciting season.