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Duke offers 2017 PG Troy Brown

troy brown 2When Duke offers a sophomore in high school, it’s a big deal and means he’s pretty darn good. The Blue Devils strayed form their normal policy by offering the top point guard in the Class of 2017 in Troy Brown.

The youthful point guard already stands near 6-6 and has a smooth handle and game. It’s not a problem for him to get past defenders, often times making them look foolish in the process as he slithers through the lane for a dunk.

Brown visited Duke on an unofficial visit over the weekend and he came away with a rare offer from Coach Mike Krzyzewski for s rising sophomore. . Brown holds several offers already, including one from UNLV when he was 14 years old. He is also ranked the top point guard in his class at ESPN and while he has a way to go and grow, he could end up being a kid who can play other positions.

During an interview when he was thirteen years old, Brown listed Duke as one of his five dream schools growing up, so an early visit to the Duke campus should shock nobody. Brown most recently turned a few heads at the prestigious LeBron James Skills Academy earning him the number two spot in his class by ESPN as well.

Not surprisingly, Brown is already getting involved with USA Basketball and he also attended this past years Chris Paul Camp where he claimed his goal was to show the world a tall prospect can indeed run the point. He uses length and athleticism to his advantage and will surely get better with a lot of time left before he enters collegiate basketball.

If the budding prospect wasn’t already hot enough and starting to get serious hype for his on the court exploits, he will have even more with on the top programs in the nation offering much earlier than they normally do in Duke.

Brown currently plays AAU Basketball for the Las Vegas Prospects.

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ACC Basketball By The Numbers

duke_state_03-300x300Here is a press release from the Atlantic Coast Conference taking a look at ACC Basketball by the numbers -

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With 565 wins among its 15 current members, the ACC is the all-time winningest conference in NCAA Tournament annals … North Carolina is second all-time to Kentucky (116) with 110 NCAA Tournament victories, Duke is third (99), Louisville (72) sixth and Syracuse (61) eighth … the ACC also has the highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.613) while the Big Ten (.609) is second.

NCAA Tournament Victories

ACC 565 Pac-12 317

Big Ten 405 Big 12 303

Southeastern 342 Big East 256

Based on Current Conference Membership

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With four ACC games of 30,000 or more, including an NCAA on-campus record of 35,446 for its game with Duke on Feb. 1, Syracuse led the nation and set ACC records in both total attendance (472,550) and per game average (26,253) … Louisville (21,282) was third and North Carolina fourth (18,025).

2013-14 NCAA School Attendance Leaders

Syracuse 26,253 Louisville 21,282

Kentucky 22,964 North Carolina 18,025

2013-14 NCAA Conference Attendance Leaders

Big Ten 13,534 Southeastern 10,353

ACC 10,661 Big East 9,711

Big 12 10,489 American Athletic 8,776

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In 2014-15, the ACC will feature four of the five active Division I coaches that are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.

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The ACC is five Rick Pitino wins shy of becoming the first conference in NCAA history to have four active coaches with 700 or more career wins … Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (983), Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (948) and North Carolina’s Roy Williams (724) have already reached the 700-win plateau … the previous high was three by the Big East Conference during the 2011-12 season when Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins all had 700 or more career victories.

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Six of the last 14 NCAA Basketball Championships have been won by teams currently competing in the ACC … the American Athletic Conference and the SEC are tied for second with three titles each.

NCAA Champions (2001-2014)

Connecticut 2014 Florida 2007

Louisville 2013 Florida 2006

Kentucky 2012 North Carolina 2005

Connecticut 2011 Connecticut 2004

Duke 2010 Syracuse 2003

North Carolina 2009 Maryland 2002

Kansas 2008 Duke 2001

By Conference: Atlantic Coast (6); American Athletic (3); Southeastern (3); BIg 12 (1), BIg Ten (1).

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Teams currently in the ACC have combined to win 15 NCAA National Championships … North Carolina leads the way with five national titles, followed by Duke (4), Louisville (3), NC State (2), and Syracuse (1).

NCAA Championships by Schools Currently in the ACC

Louisville 2013 Duke 1991

Duke 2010 Louisville 1986

North Carolina 2009 NC State 1983

North Carolina 2005 North Carolina 1982

Syracuse 2003 Louisville 1980

Duke 2001 NC State 1974

North Carolina 1993 North Carolina 1957

Duke 1992

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Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is 17 wins shy of becoming the first coach in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball history to win 1,000 games in his career.

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Led by Duke (10) and North Carolina (9), ACC teams have made 29 NCAA title game appearances … seven different teams have made it to the NCAA championship game at least once … the Big Ten is second with 23 and the Pac-12 third with 21.

NCAA Title Game Appearances

ACC 29 Southeastern 19

Big Ten 23 Big 12 17

Pac-12 21 Big East 11

Based on Current Conference Membership

358

Teams currently in the ACC have combined to make 358 NCAA Tournament appearances … five ACC teams – North Carolina (45), Louisville (40), Duke (38), Syracuse (37), Notre Dame (33) – rank among the top 10 team in NCAA Tournament appearances … every league member has appeared at least once in the NCAA Tournament over the last eight years.

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ACC head coaches are a combined 6,427-2,947 (.686) with nine national titles, 50 conference titles, 302 NCAA Tournament victories, 80 Sweet 16 appearances, 30 trips to the Final Four and 18 title game appearances.

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With three of the top five, four of the top nine, five of the top 11 and six of the top 25 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history, ACC teams have combined for 22,732 wins since Notre Dame first took to the hardwood in January of 1898 … 13 of the 15 league members have 1,100 or more all-time wins, including six schools with 1,600 or more victories.

All-Time NCAA Wins by School

No. Team Wins

1. Kentucky 2,140

2. Kansas 2,126

3. North Carolina 2,114

4. Duke 2,027

5. Syracuse 1,902

6. Temple 1,823

7. UCLA 1,781

8. St. John’s 1,774

9. Notre Dame 1,763

10. Indiana 1,736

11. Louisville 1,728

12. Pennsylvania 1,714

13. Brigham Young 1,713

14. Illinois 1,710

15. Utah 1,706

16. Washington 1,700

17. Texas 1,699

18. Western Kentucky 1,695

19. Arizona 1,678

20. Purdue 1,673

Cincinnati 1,673

22. Oregon State 1,670

23. Princeton 1,657

24. West Virginia 1,651

25. NC State 1,639

Chase Jeter
Long Beach, CA
August 4, 2014

Chase Jeter – The aftermath (Open to Public)

Chase Jeter, the 6’11” five-star forward out of Las Vegas, committed to the Duke Blue Devils tonight. Jeter had just completed his play at the AdidasNations event in Southern California, where he earned MVP honors for his play in the third place game, where he scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked four shots. He actually blocked about seven, but only got credit for four. In any event, after his postgame announcement at Long Beach City College, Blue Devil Nation was the only media outlet granted a private one-on-one interview with the newest Duke star-in-waiting. Here’s what he had to say.

BDN: First of all, I just wanted to congratulate you on your choice and your announcement.

CJ: Thank you.

BDN: How does it feel to have the decision and the announcement behind you now?

CJ: Definitely good. It feels great going into my senior year. I feel really, really comfortable with my decision and I’m just excited to be a Blue Devil.

BDN: Was it a burden for you to have to wait to make the announcement for a little longer than you originally had thought it was going to be, or not really?

CJ: Not at all. It was a personal thing and a familial thing as far as evaluating my decision and making sure that I took the time to make the right choice and give myself time to enjoy the recruiting process.

Chase and Chris Jeter Long Beach, CA August 4, 2014
Chase and Chris Jeter
Long Beach, CA
August 4, 2014

BDN: That was my next question. Did you enjoy the recruitment process? Some guys do, some guys don’t.

CJ: It definitely has its ups and downs. I was one of the earlier guys to commit, but I was just really comfortable with my decision.
BDN: You’re going to a terrific program, one full of history and which has had a tremendous amount of success over a period of decades, led by the winningest coach in college basketball history. How does it feel to be part of Duke Basketball, officially?

CJ: It’s definitely something special. The Duke guys, they play with such pride and energy, so that’s something you definitely want to go out there and represent with all your heart.

BDN: If you had to put your finger on it, what was it about Duke that ultimately made you choose that program?

CJ: The opportunity to play for Coach K and be able to play right away and have a strong presence.

BDN: Did that stand out for you as opposed to other schools?

CJ: Definitely. I feel like each school was a great choice for me. My final schools were, they were a great list, my final list of schools, but I just feel like Duke is just where I felt most comfortable and I felt it was the best place for me.

BDN: It seemed like you and your family had a terrific visit to campus in the spring and I know you bonded with Luke Kennard. I know your parents really like the Kennards, too. And you bonded with some of the other players on the team also. Was that an important aspect of your decision-making process, that weekend that you had in Durham?

CJ: Definitely, but every single visit I took was a chance for me to see who was there, what the campus environment was like, and it was a great opportunity for me.

BDN: It’s going to be a great recruiting class with you, Luke, and the transfer Sean Obi coming in, and who knows maybe they’ll add another player too. Anyone you would like to see join you and Luke in Durham out of your class?

CJ: Looking to get Brandon Ingram on board, you know he’s taking an official to UCLA this week –

BDN: And he’s going to Duke later in the week too.

CJ: Yeah, I know. So it’s gonna be interesting to see how everything works out for Brandon and we’re gonna try to get him on board.

BDN: You’re gonna work him?

CJ: Oh, definitely.

BDN: Was it tough to decide to go as far from home as you are going, or not really a big factor for you?

CJ: It was. I mean, I’ve been out on the west coast my whole life. I feel like I have a great relationship with my parents but at the end of the day, I felt like Duke was the best choice.

BDN: Last thing: Do you anticipate any kind of negative backlash or talk from the people at home, because I know there were a lot of people who wanted you to stay home and go to UNLV? Do you anticipate anything like that and if so, how are you going to deal with that?

CJ: Just ignore it, honestly. Like they say, haters aren’t my motivator. I just have to continue to do me. That’s what’s gotten me this far with the support of my family and my trainers and coaches so I just feel like I should just continue to do me. That’s all I can do.

BDN: I just wanted to congratulate you on making the decision. I hope you have a great senior season and I look forward to seeing you on the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

CJ: Thanks, Tom.

Chase Jeter
Long Beach, CA
August 4, 2014

New Blue Devil Chase Jeter Sits Down With BDN

Chase Jeter, the 6’11” five-star forward out of Las Vegas, committed to the Duke Blue Devils tonight. Jeter had just completed his play at the AdidasNations event in Southern California, where he earned MVP honors for his play in the third place game, where he scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked four shots. He actually blocked about seven, but only got credit for four. In any event, after his postgame announcement at Long Beach City College, Blue Devil Nation was the only media outlet granted a private one-on-one interview with the newest Duke star-in-waiting. Here’s what he had to say.

BDN: First of all, I just wanted to congratulate you on your choice and your announcement.

CJ: Thank you.

BDN: How does it feel to have the decision and the announcement behind you now?

CJ: Definitely good. It feels great going into my senior year. I feel really, really comfortable with my decision and I’m just excited to be a Blue Devil.

BDN: Was it a burden for you to have to wait to make the announcement for a little longer than you originally had thought it was going to be, or not really?

CJ: Not at all. It was a personal thing and a familial thing as far as evaluating my decision and making sure that I took the time to make the right choice and give myself time to enjoy the recruiting process.

BDN: That was my next question. Did you enjoy the recruitment process? Some guys do, some guys don’t.

CJ: It definitely has its ups and downs. I was one of the earlier guys to commit, but I was just really comfortable with my decision.

Chase and Chris Jeter Long Beach, CA August 4, 2014
Chase and Chris Jeter
Long Beach, CA
August 4, 2014

BDN: You’re going to a terrific program, one full of history and which has had a tremendous amount of success over a period of decades, led by the winningest coach in college basketball history. How does it feel to be part of Duke Basketball, officially?

CJ: It’s definitely something special. The Duke guys, they play with such pride and energy, so that’s something you definitely want to go out there and represent with all your heart.

BDN: If you had to put your finger on it, what was it about Duke that ultimately made you choose that program?

CJ: The opportunity to play for Coach K and be able to play right away and have a strong presence.

BDN: Did that stand out for you as opposed to other schools?

CJ: Definitely. I feel like each school was a great choice for me. My final schools were, they were a great list, my final list of schools, but I just feel like Duke is just where I felt most comfortable and I felt it was the best place for me.

BDN: It seemed like you and your family had a terrific visit to campus in the spring and I know you bonded with Luke Kennard. I know your parents really like the Kennards, too. And you bonded with some of the other players on the team also. Was that an important aspect of your decision-making process, that weekend that you had in Durham?

CJ: Definitely, but every single visit I took was a chance for me to see who was there, what the campus environment was like, and it was a great opportunity for me.

Chase Jeter Long Beach, CA August 4, 2014
Chase Jeter
Long Beach, CA
August 4, 2014

BDN: It’s going to be a great recruiting class with you, Luke, and the transfer Sean Obi coming in, and who knows maybe they’ll add another player too. Anyone you would like to see join you and Luke in Durham out of your class?

CJ: Looking to get Brandon Ingram on board, you know he’s taking an official to UCLA this week –

BDN: And he’s going to Duke later in the week too.

CJ: Yeah, I know. So it’s gonna be interesting to see how everything works out for Brandon and we’re gonna try to get him on board.

BDN: You’re gonna work him?

CJ: Oh, definitely.

BDN: Was it tough to decide to go as far from home as you are going, or not really a big factor for you?

CJ: It was. I mean, I’ve been out on the west coast my whole life. I feel like I have a great relationship with my parents but at the end of the day, I felt like Duke was the best choice.

BDN: Last thing: Do you anticipate any kind of negative backlash or talk from the people at home, because I know there were a lot of people who wanted you to stay home and go to UNLV? Do you anticipate anything like that and if so, how are you going to deal with that?

CJ: Just ignore it, honestly. Like they say, haters aren’t my motivator. I just have to continue to do me. That’s what’s gotten me this far with the support of my family and my trainers and coaches so I just feel like I should just continue to do me. That’s all I can do.

BDN: I just wanted to congratulate you on making the decision. I hope you have a great senior season and I look forward to seeing you on the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

CJ: Thanks, Tom.

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Checking in with Duke PG Quinn Cook

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCA few Duke Basketball players will remain on campus this summer and work on their game, while others will take a brief trip home in June before returning in July.  Cook was present at the recent Coach K Academy where he answered some brief questions for Blue Devil Nation, sharing that Semi Ojeleye would take Rodney Hood’s old and what he had learned from players who have moved on since his time in Durham.

What have you been up to since the season ended and what are your plans for this summer?

I’ll be here all summer. You get an option to go home in June, but right now I’m taking classes with Semi. So, I’ve just been here working out since the season ended.

And Semi lives with you now?

Yes.  Semi lives in our house now. Rodney was living with us but he left, so he’s in his room and we’re having a good time.

So, are you getting AARP mail yet? You’re the old man on this team now. Is it hard to believe this will be your senior season?

Naw, I can’t. I can’t. I’m the senior on this team and it’s for real so I’m ready to grab hold of the challenge and opportunity.. I see guys around during the K Academy who’ve played here ahead of me, like Austin and the older players, but now it’s my turn, so it’s for real. I mean, great teams, especially here at Duke always have great seniors. You don’t want your last year to be something you are going to regret. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a lot of great seniors like Miles, Mason, Ryan … and those guys have helped show me the way and I think I’m ready to help my team in the same way.

What is the plan from the staff for you this season? What do they expect from you?

To be the leader, the big brother on the team and help the young guys out and just be there everyday because you don’t get the practices, workouts and eventually the games back.