DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball team has announced its 2018-19 preseason schedule, which includes the dates for Countdown to Craziness and the two exhibition games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The season tips off with Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Friday, October 19 at Cameron Indoor. The annual event features a night of entertainment, games, engaging videos and on-court contests all leading up to the introduction of the 2018-19 Blue Devils, the unveiling of this season’s team poster and the annual Blue-White scrimmage.
As has been tradition at Duke, the Blue Devils will host the reigning Division-II national champions and the reigning CIAA champions for exhibition contests. On Tuesday, October 23, defending CIAA winner Virginia Union is the opponent, while last year’s Division-II national champ, Ferris State, comes to Durham on Saturday, Oct. 27. Tip times and broadcast information for Countdown and the exhibition games will be announced at a later date.
Duke opens the 2018-19 season versus Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis on ESPN. The Blue Devils welcome Indiana to Cameron Indoor on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The remainder of Duke’s regular-season non-conference schedule will be finalized later this summer.
In August, the Blue Devils head north for three summer exhibition games on the Duke Canada Tour. Duke faces Ryerson University (Aug. 15) and University of Toronto (Aug. 17) in Toronto and McGill University (Aug. 19) in Montreal. Ticket packages are now on sale and can be purchased at www.dukecanadatour.com.
Incoming Duke freshman Cam Reddish spent some time on the Duke campus recently during the Coach K Academy. Here are five quick questions with the highly rated freshman concerning the upcoming season.
I see you're in a waking boot, what is going on with that?
It's not serious. It's a stress reaction and I will be ready to go in two weeks. I will be ready to go when I get here in a few months.
I know you're tight with Tre Jones and that you guys talk a lot. What have you guys been discussing since getting here?
We talk a lot about the upcoming season and we're all just looking forward that and getting to work. Meeting the veterans has been really cool. It's a new experience and we learn a lot for them.
Do you feel like the upcoming Canadian trip will be important for the teams development?
It is real important. It will be the first time we play together as a team and we hope to go up there and dominate while preparing for the season. I think it will be fun and it is R.J. (Barrett's) hometown, so we'll get to see that and what it is like there. I am looking forward to it.
What has it been like to meet the guys on the team and how do you think the chemistry will go heading into the season?
Everybody here is pretty unselfish. All the freshman and all the returning players are just trying to win this season. Everybody here prepares well and are really hard workers.
What are your thoughts on Coach K?
I looked up to him growing up and then I got to meet him and now I will get to play for him, so it is like a dream coming true.
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If you follow the Blue Devil Nation twitter feed, you realize that Grayson Allen is drawing the attention of many NBA teams, Today, Allen worked out with the Boston Celtics and there is a video with his response below.
Allen was naturally questioned about Jayson Tatum who he played alongside one year of his Duke career --
“He’s incredible, man. When he first came into Duke in the summer, when we were playing small games - one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three - he would kill people,” said Allen. “Like, if he gets in space, and that jump shot starts going down, he’s taking shots you want him to take, but it’s going in.
Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge called Allen a “great shooter” who “scored a lot of big baskets.” He said the team is not worried about the concerns surrounding his character. Ainge said he spoke with Celtics forwards Jayson Tatum and Semi Ojeleye — who both overlapped with Allen — and the players had nothing but positive remarks. Ainge also spoke with former Duke basketball guard Nick Pagliuca (son of Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca).
Allen most recently is linked to the Golden State Warriors via the latest NBA mock draft. The four-year Duke player has also had good workouts with the Utah Jazz and others.
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One of the players likely to play a major role on the coming seasons Duke Basketball team will be rising junior Javin DeLaurier. In his third year at Duke, DeLaurier hopes off-season work will take his game to another level.
We spoke to the rising junior during the recent Coach K Academy in Durham, N.C. which helps to fund the Emily K Center. DeLaurier shares how he will embrace his role as an upperclassman to teach the Duke way to the incoming freshman class while at the same time working to improve his game.
You're like the old guy on this team now. How does that feel?
Yeah. It's weird to think about. My third year came around pretty quick -- quicker than I expected but at the same time I'm excited to get these young guys here and to teach them how we do things here at Duke.
What has the staff shared with you about teaching the newcomers?
The entire coaching staff, including Coach Will (Stephens, Duke Strength Coach) has stressed the importance to all of us upperclassman to really be leaders and set an example for these young guys coming in. They're super talented but as freshman it takes some adjustment.
During his press conference, Coach K said he wants to see what you guys look like together; not just the freshman but the upperclassman as well who will all play larger roles. Can you share a little bit about what they've shared with you about this thus far.
You know it is just going to be different this year than last year. We obviously lost two talented bigs in Marvin (Bagley) and Wendell (Carter) and I might find myself more in the post. That is something I have to prepare for.
When you look at the roster it would appear that you are one of two post guys projected to play significant minutes..
Yeah. No doubt, no doubt.
There will be a lot of pressure to get on the boards and that kind of thing...
Yes sir. I know there will be some guys bigger and heavier than me in the post. I am looking to learn how to guard guys, especially guys who are bigger and heavier than me and developing more confidence to score down there.
What will you be working on the rest of the off-season?
I am looking to build my confidence up, my skill level and be more of a scoring threat.
There is no question who will run the point this coming basketball season for Duke. Another Jones is in town and he's been working on his game and leading a new group of Blue Devils.
Tre Jones is following in his brothers footsteps and those are some big shoes to fill. Tyus Jones simply led Duke to their last National Championship, earning the name "Stones." while nailing a key three point shot before his team's celebration.
Let me go ahead and tell you, when you have a Jones running a team, good things are bound to happen. Unlike his brother, Tre Jones is probably more athletic and stronger coming in. He had the luxury of watching his brother while at Duke, not to mention gaining experience from him as a tutor.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tre was more prepared than Tyus coming in during his press conference at the Emily K Center. And that comment should excite Duke fans.
"Not to put any pressure on him I would agree with Coach," said Tyus Jones during the Coach K Academy. He continued, "He is definitely ahead of where I was and he just has to continue to advance."
Tre Jones has clearly been given the keys to dirve the team this season. Here is the interview with Tre Jones -
So,what is it like to be on the Duke campus?
It's been amazing so far. Just being around here and other guys that have been through here already is a lot of fun.
Coach K was talking about your game earlier today at the Emily K Center. He said you were very advanced and when you passed the ball it was to places that would score. Talk a little bit about that and your brother Tyus.
Right. Yeah, just growing up and watching him, that's something he always did extremely well. For myself, I just try to watch a lot of basketball year round and some of the top players in the world. So, that is just something I take from other people's game.
He also said you were more advance than Tyus coming in ...
Right. It is probably just from watching him so much and learning everything he went through before. So, there are some things I will get a jump on. He has been a big influence on my game.
How does your mom (Debbie) feel about being able to come back and watch Duke games again? She is probably getting use to campus.
She is. She is just extremely blessed. And that is something she says all the time how blessed she is. So, that's definitely how she is feeling.
What are the coaches telling you to work on and or how to have interchanges with the players?
I am just working on all aspects of my game to be able to come in here and have an impact right away. I know that in order for that to happen I just have to work on everything.
On the upcoming trip to Canada ...
It should be a lot of fun to take the trip even before the school year gets started. I think it will be a big chance for bonding as well; not just on the floor but off it as well. Just being away from family and away from friends and being around each other will be a good experience.
Have you been talking with the other freshman a lot and if so what do you talk about?
Right. We talk daily and it has just been great so far. We all want to win and that is out main objective just to win. We have a great friendship coming in and we just want to work right away.
On playing where Tyus did and a possible shadow ...
People say I follow in his footsteps but I mean this has always been my dream school to come here and play for Coach K. It was the best fit for me, myself. So just choosing to come here was one of the best chances to win a championship and that is one of my main goals at Duke.
Closing comment - Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that the ball does not stick in Tre Jones hands. What that means is that he believes in ball movement be it advancing the ball or immediately hitting open scorers. Tre likes to drive to the hoop more than his brother Tyus but he will face a lot of zone at Duke with athletic cutters on his team. He will need to learn how to bust zones from the outside as well. All in all, Duke has a true point guard who does not let emotion dictate his play. Like his brother Tyus, he plays the game in a cool manner and under control.
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke welcomes Indiana to Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of the 20th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, ESPN announced Friday. The game is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27with time and network designation to be announced at a later date.
The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with the Hoosiers by a 6-3 margin after a 91-81 win at Assembly Hall in last season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Duke is 17-2 (.895) all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, marking both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in the event. The ACC leads the Challenge 12-5-2.
Next year’s meeting marks the third between Duke and IU since 2015 in the Challenge. The Blue Devils are 4-0 against Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, winning in Durham in 2006 and 2015, and capturing victories in Bloomington in 2005 and 2017.
Duke is in the midst of a five-game Challenge winning streak.