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Duke Basketball Data Notebook #1

The freshman will wear the Duke uniform now. Duke Basketball Data Report #1

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski who is entering his 39th season in Durham addressed the media for the opening of basketball season this afternoon.

"I like our team, its development and we have good chemistry," said Coach K to open the up media day for Duke Basketball.

Javin DeLaurier Returns to Practice, Earns Praise from K

Krzyzewski said that Javin DeLaurier would return to practice today after nursing a foot injury.  He also said that DeLaurier had flourished in the 5 out offense prior to his injury.  The HOF coach also said that DeLaurier was one of the teams best communicators with concern to talking on and off the court.

Coach K on the Four Freshman and Chemistry

"They are very personable guys.  They knew each other before they got here.  They not only knew each other they respected one another.  To get a class like that you have to have those qualities and be secure who you are."

"They've communicated almost all of their senior year and they love Duke.  They love being students and they want a college experience and they've been good with the upperclassman.  If you went to one of our team meals, you would not notice whether a player was an upperclassman or not.   And that was there for them from the beginning, it was not something we had to teach."

Today's Practice Focus on Communication

Duke will concentrate on better communication in today's practice, the 13th of the season for Duke per Krzyzewski.  "What hasn't happened yet is for them to communicate at the level we need them to on the court while the action is going on," said Krzyzewski.  He went on to say that he wanted his team to confront one another more or to challenge teammates to do more or be better.  Krzyzewski continued, "Talk.  The ability to confront, it coordinates your work."  Krzyzewski said he had to change from man to zone last season in that his team did not communicate or talk well a season ago,

Duke Will Go Five Out on Offense

So far this season, Duke has implemented a system of five players out on offense.  That opens up the court in a similar way as to how the Golden State Warriors or Boston Celtics play per Krzyzewski. It was also mentioned they were in the process of figuring out offensive sets for when two big men were in the game.

Starters Are Set

Krzyzewski said that the four freshmen, Tre Jones, Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett, and Zion Williamson would start.  "Coming out of Canada, DeLaurier would be a starter," said Krzyzewski. He then mentioned Marques Bolden has been starting in his place but that they miss DeLaurier talking.  He also said that the past four practices have been the best for Bolden this early season and hinted at him finding consistency.

Krzyzewski on Zion Williams

When questioned what it was like when Zion Williams was on the floor, Krzyzewski gave one of his best quotes.

"Well, he is not on the floor a lot.  {paused}  He is up in the air a lot.  The main thing for me is he never takes a play off.  He's in unbelievable shape, about 270 and his lateral quickness is off the charts and his jumping... he's really a guard.  He can handle the ball, he is one of our best passers.  He can drive the basketball and he gets the ball real low.  He has got great body control and he finishes.  Look, he's a helluva player He's a very special player and he's getting better because he works every day.  And he's got such a great attitude.  There is not a thing this kid is lacking, he's already really good.  He is going to be a really special player, not just at Duke, but his whole career.  He's got it.  He is one of the more unique athletes that you will have seen and I have coached and I have coached a lot of unique athletes and this is one of them.  He is not like any other kid, he is like Zion and he has to figure out who Zion is going to be,"

Krzyzewski on his Defense

"Our primary defense is man to man.    We haven't really even worked on zone because man to man has so many principles.  In the last week, we have not done any pressing except man and we are adjusting.  It is just a process of learning your team and what they're going to do," said Krzyzewski.  He then went on to say that the team needed to play other teams for the staff to adjust their defense.

Krzyzewski on his Health

No plans to stop coaching anytime soon per Krzyzewski.  He said his health was good and that he was moving better than he has in eight years after some surgeries over a year ago.  So, people may want him to retire but it will not be anytime soon, so squash the rumors.

 

 

Wendell Moore Discusses His Duke Decision

If you somehow missed it, Duke Basketball landed Wendell Moore Jr. last evening.  Moore was a key Duke target and his commitment is expected to get the ball rolling with the rest of the 2019 class.

Here are two videos from last evening where Moore is discussing why he chose to play basketball at Duke University.  Blue Devil Nation members will have a new recruiting update later today.

Wendell Moore Jr. Picks Duke

Wendell Moore picked Duke University in Cox Mill Auditorium just moments ago.

One of the nations top prospects, Wendell Moore Jr. has decided he will play basketball for Duke University.  His announcement came in front of his hometown Cox Mill fans.  Moore picked the Blue Devils over in state and ACC rivals North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

Moore is a tough and physical wing player who some consider a power guard.  He is a top-notch defender who can guard multiple positions and he possesses a 6-11 wingspan while standing close to 6-6, 210 pounds.

Moore helped lead his Cox Mill team to back to back state titles and has just returned from a stint with USA Basketball.  He is expected to become the Cabarrus County’s all-time leading scorer during his senior season with the Chargers where he's 19 points shy of the record.

The newest Duke commitment was born in Richmond, Virginia but currently hails from Charlotte, N.C.  He played his AAU ball for CP3 in the Nike EYBL.  A season ago he averaged 25.4 points per game in high school and added 7.3 rebounds per contest.

Moore was named as the 2017-18 North Carolina basketball coaches player of the year.  He was first-team all state in various publications including USA Today.

The Charlotte native has also won two gold medals while playing for USA Basketball in 2017 and 2018.  He started all seven games where his USA team went undefeated this past summer in Santa Fe, Argentina.

Moore grew up a LeBron James fan and is the son of Marie and Wendell Moore Sr.  He is the first commitment in the 2019 class for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils.

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Watch Duke Prospect Wendell Moore’s Decision

Wendell Moore - Decision Day

Fresh off his participation in the USA Basketball camp, Wendell Moore Jr. is set to make his collegiate basketball decision at Cox Mill High School at 7:00 this evening.

Moore is a key Duke target and he also has N.C. State, North Carolina and Wake Forest on his list.  He is one of the nations top wing players and the Blue Devils hope to land him and build the 2019 class around him.

You can watch Moores decision as it happens in via ADSN on YouTube below.

 

The Multi-Talented Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley

A season ago, Duke fans saw the amazing motor Marvin Bagley III had on the basketball court.  One thing, Bagley will never lack is energy and Sacremento King's fans will love that.

Last evening, Bagley had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers in their exhibition game.  Bagley is also teammates with former Duke player Harry Giles, who added 14 points and 7 rebounds of his own.

Bagley has long had other hobbies including singing and the world is about to find out about more about the multi-talented young man.  Bagley has also signed a lucrative deal with Puma as he looks to have an outstanding rookie season.

For more on Bagley, check out this article from the Undefeated on ESPN by clicking here.