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Duke Tabbed to Win ACC

 – Duke was selected as the favorite to win the 2019-20 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, as chosen by media members at 2019 Operation Basketball. Picked as the preseason ACC favorite for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in seven years, the Blue Devils were followed by North Carolina, Louisville and reigning national champion Virginia atop the poll.

Duke received 51 first-place votes out of the 111 total votes and finished with 1,564 points. UNC picked up 19 first-place votes and 1,493 points, while Louisville earned 29 first-place votes and 1,448 points. Virginia received the remaining 12 first-place votes and racked up 1,405 points.

Louisville junior forward Jordan Nwora was picked as the Preseason ACC Player of the Year. A 2019 Third-Team All-ACC selection and the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player honoree, Nwora averaged 17.0 ppg and 7.6 rpg a season ago.

North Carolina guard Cole Anthony was selected as the Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year. Anthony was a 2019 USA Today First-Team All American and Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year. He also was named MVP at the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game and at the 2019 Jordan Brand Classic.

Nwora and Anthony each earned spots on the Preseason All-ACC First Team and were joined by Duke sophomore guard Tre Jones, Notre Dame senior forward John Mooney and Virginia senior forward Mamadi Diakite.

The Preseason All-ACC Second Team was comprised of NC State senior guard Markell Johnson, Duke freshman center Vernon Carey Jr., Miami junior guard Chris Lykes, North Carolina junior forward Garrison Brooks and Florida State senior guard Trent Forrest.

The 2019-20 regular season begins Nov. 5. This season marks the ACC’s first-ever 20-game conference slate, including seven league matchups to begin the regular season on Nov. 5 and 6, with doubleheaders each evening on ACC Network. Nov. 5 features Louisville at Miami (6:30 p.m.), followed by Georgia Tech at NC State (8:30 p.m.). On Nov. 6, the network airs Notre Dame at North Carolina (7 p.m.), followed by reigning national champion Virginia playing at Syracuse (9 p.m.).

The ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured eight of the last 19 NCAA Championships and 17 overall, including Virginia’s first title in 2019. Current ACC member schools have combined for 62 Final Four appearances and a national-best 639 NCAA Tournament wins. League teams have combined to win an NCAA-record 74 NCAA Tournament games over the past five seasons, highlighted by a 68-29 mark versus teams from outside the conference. Additionally, four of the top eight and six of the top 30 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history currently reside in the ACC. Three of the six active Division I coaches currently in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame are competing in the ACC again this season – Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.

ACC Preseason Order of Finish (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Duke (51), 1564

2. North Carolina (19), 1493

3. Louisville (29), 1448

4. Virginia (12), 1405

5. Florida State, 1157

6. NC State, 1038

7. Notre Dame, 915

8. Syracuse, 910

9. Miami, 768

10. Pitt, 577

11. Clemson, 564

12. Georgia Tech, 437

13. Boston College, 382

14. Virginia Tech, 334

15. Wake Forest, 328

Preseason All-ACC TeamFirst Team

Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 95

Tre Jones, Duke, 89

Cole Anthony, North Carolina, 81

John Mooney, Notre Dame, 51

Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 49

Second Team

Markell Johnson, NC State, 39

Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 19

Chris Lykes, Miami, 18

Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 11

Trent Forrest, Florida State, 11

Preseason ACC Player of the Year Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 55

Preseason ACC Freshman of the Year Cole Anthony, North Carolina,

Breaking! Jaemyn Brakefield to Duke

In huge recruiting news, Jaemyn Brakefield has committed to Duke.  The Blue Devils moved with a stealth-like and quick effort to secure his services.  Show him the love Blue Devil Nation for he is a part of the brotherhood.

Brakefield who was just offered yesterday knew where he wanted to go to college, calling Duke his dream school.  After talking with his AAU teammate over time, Brakefield was sold on Duke and he became their fifth commitment in 2020.

He joins future teammates DJ Steward, Jeremy Roach, Henry Coleman, and the aforementioned Johnson.  His addition gives Duke some very versatile players for Mike Krzyzewski to work with.

Brakefield moved up from the Class of 2021 to 2020 earlier this summer.  He is slated to play for Huntington Prep this season before joining the brotherhood next summer.

The newest Duke verbal commit averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds per game for Phenom Hoops on the Nike EYBL circuit which also features his future teammate Jalen Johnson.  He was also teammates with a key Duke target in the Class of 2021, Patrick Baldwin Jr.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke to Brakefield on Wednesday of this week expressing the Blue Devils interest.  He would call on Thursday night to make an official offer.  Today, Brakefield felt that Duke was the perfect fit and he made his choice public.

Duke is getting a versatile frontcourt player in Brakefield who can stretch the floor with his outside shot or he can take the ball in the paint.  With his athleticism, Brakefield has a chance to be a good defensive player and he can hit the boards for rebounds.

The Blue Devils are not finished this with the Class of 2020.  They will get a visit from center Mark Williams on October 26th weekend.  They also have a standing offer with Hunter Dickinson.

This has turned out to be an exciting Friday for Brakefiled and Blue Devil Nation.  "Look what God can do," was the catchphrase on his commitment tweet.  Amen!

Hunter Dickinson Has Duke in Final 4

Courtesy of Tipton Edits

Duke center prospect Hunter Dickinson has included the Blue Devils in his Final Four.  The Duke men's staff is now trying to iron out the details of a visit to Durham.

Check out what he had to say about his four finalists at

Five-star Hunter Dickinson is down to four schools, has decision timetable

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Mark Williams Has Duke in Final 3

One of the nation's top center prospects has narrowed his list to three schools and Duke is one of them.  The Blue Devils join Michigan and UCLA as his finalists.

Williams, the brother of former Duke women's standout Elizabeth Williams is a 7'0 center who most recently transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season.

The key Duke prospect played on the Nike EYBL circuit this past summer where he suited up for Boo Williams out of Virginia.  Williams showed consistent improvement and impressed the Duke staff which was quick to offer.

Williams recently had this to say to Stockrisers about Duke, "Obviously, they’re a legendary program with Coach K. They’ve been recruiting me hard, and they want to create a really special 2020 class. I feel like they do a good job of adjusting for their bigs to do what they do well from year to year."

Williams will visit Duke on October 26th.  He will visit Michigan this weekend and is expected in today.   For more on Williams, Duke basketball recruiting efforts and our take on how this one will play out, join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our one-year special.


Duke Offers 2020 PF Jaemyn Brakefield

6-8 PF from Huntington Prep, Jaemyn Brakefield holds a Duke offer.

Duke basketball has offered 2020 power forward Jaemyn Brakefield of Huntington Prep in West Virginia.  Brakefield received the offer after talking with Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devil staff.

Brakefield is a consensus top 40 rated player and plays a position of need for Duke. The Blue Devils frontcourt will be gutted after the coming season, so they are looking for bodies.

The left-handed Brakefield is a combo forward which some describe as smooth on the court.  He is capable of helping on the boards and can stretch the defense with his outside shot.

Brakefield has one more official visit to make and Duke hopes to get him on campus sooner rather than later.  He holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Michigan and others.  More to come!  Join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our yearly special and support our efforts.

Check out Brakefields tweet below which is followed by two videos of his game.  There is also a tweet from current Duke verbal commitment Jalen Johnson wanting him to join the #brotherhood.

Zion Williamson Addresses New Orleans Media

Former Duke basketball standout Zion Williamson spoke with the New Orleans media today about the coming NBA season.  The Pelicans rookie talks of his adjustment and advice he is getting from teammates.  New Orleans will open their season on Tuesday, October 22nd at the defending champions Toronto Raptors in a game that will be nationally televised on TNT.