Category Archives: Duke Basketball

Duke Hoops Summer Workouts

DURHAM – The summer workouts for the Duke men’s basketball team are more than just fundamentals. The entire first week of July was focused on education and analysis as the Blue Devils learned about their bodies, how to train, how to eat right and how to recover.

In conjunction with the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab ("K Lab") on campus, Duke's performance team worked with each player to establish baseline testing, identify any areas of concern, and develop comprehensive nutrition and training regimes to help maintain an elite level of fitness throughout the season.

"This was a big part of the recruiting process," said freshman forward Zion Williamson. "Because if you want a long career in the NBA, you have to take care of your body."

The Blue Devils underwent rigorous cardiovascular, biomechanical, visual and strength & conditioning testing, administered by the Duke Basketball performance staff of William Stephens (sports performance), Nick Potter (rehabilitation) and Jose Fonseca (sports medicine), in conjunction with the state-of-the-art K Lab. The players will be re-tested before and after the season to track improvement.

"We're very lucky to be at one of the great universities in the world, and within that university we have as good a medical center as there is," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We've developed a great partnership with the K Lab, and it's gotten us better with injury prevention and performance enhancement."

In addition to the testing, Duke capped the first week with an NBA-style combine, similar to what players will face at the NBA Combine.

"We just want to make it more realistic for what the guys will be going through once they leave here as they get ready for NBA draft preparation," said Stephens.

The combine testing included the standing vertical leap, the max vertical leap, the shuttle run, three-quarter sprint and weight room testing.

“When a player comes here, we want them to be educated and be a professional on and off the court,” said Coach K. “A big part of that is knowing who you are, so we dedicate the entire first week to our performance team, which we feel is the best in the country.”

The Blue Devils are scheduled for three exhibition games as part of the Duke Canada Tour in August before officially opening the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, November 6 versus Kentucky in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

Duke Basketball Team & Recruiting Update

Who is in group is making the cut for being a serious target?

The Duke Men's Basketball staff has been working with the star-studded incoming freshman class and their returning players while preparing for their trip to Canada.

Before that trip takes place and the ten allotted practices begin the staff will be out to several recruiting events starting Thursday, including the Nike Peach Jam.

In our latest update for Blue Devil Nation members, we take a look at who they will look at and how the recruiting class is shaping up as well as updates on next seasons team.

New names could be in play and there may be interest in players some think they've move on from.  Check out the latest by taking advantage of our membership special where we are offering two years for the price of one for interested subscribers.  Go to membership options on the front page for the special.

Our latest update for members is on the message board.  If you are a member having trouble accessing the message board, contact us.

League Record 493 Honor Roll Athletes

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University landed a league-record 493 student-athletes on the 62nd annual ACC Honor Roll released Friday by Commissioner John Swofford.  Duke has now paced the conference in ACC Honor Roll selections in 30 of the past 31 years.

The ACC Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year.  The conference recognized a record 4,651 student-athletes for their work in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year.

Duke led all schools with 493 student-athletes recognized, followed by Notre Dame (434), Boston College (409), Virginia (404), North Carolina (391), Louisville (364), Virginia Tech (320), Florida State (268), Syracuse (256), N.C. State (254), Pittsburgh (245), Clemson (218), Georgia Tech (202), Miami (200) and Wake Forest (193).

Headlining the list of recognized Blue Devils are Duke’s five ACC Scholar-Athlete recipients Lexie Brown (women’s basketball), Imani Dorsey (women’s soccer), Justin Guterding (men’s lacrosse), Samantha Harris (women’s tennis) and Leona Maguire (women’s golf).  In addition, Duke boasted five five-time ACC Honor Roll selections including Malinda Allen (women’s soccer), Gabe Brandner (football), Danny Fowler (men’s lacrosse), Becca Greenwell (women’s basketball) and Alec Kunzweiler (men’s cross country/track & field).

Bagley & Giles Talk NBA Debut

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Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles Jr. opened their NBA careers in the summer league last evening by leading the Sacramento Kings to a win over the Lakers

Bagley went 6-11 for 19 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in 25 minutes of action.  Giles went 6-10 for 13 points and also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 1 steal in 25 minutes of play as well.

The Kings play the Golden State Warriors at 11 tonight.  Mike Stone will be covering the Duke rookies for Blue Devil Nation this week and into the season.  Hear what Bagley and Giles had to say post game below.



Bryan Antoine Will Visit Duke on Sept. 29th

Duke will get a visit from big time shooting guard Bryan Antoine on September the 29th.  He will also be officially visiting Florida, Villanova and Kentucky.

Antoine is a 6-4 shooting guard out of Eatontown, N.J. where he plays for Ranney School.  He plays for Team Rio on the shoe camp circuit.

The Blue Devils have long been actively involved with Antoine and still seek their first commitment for the class of 2019.