Category Archives: Duke Basketball

Duke Basketball Offers Boogie Ellis

The Duke Blue Devils basketball program offered a scholarship Boogie Ellis last evening.  Ellis caught the Blue Devil attention during the Nike Peach Jam and they've followed him ever since,

Ellis is a four-star guard from San Diego, CA where he plays his high school basketball for Mission Bay.  He has been offered by Southern Cal, Oregon, Georgia Tech,  Arizona.

Duke rival, North Carolina has also shown interest and will host Ellis on October the 12th.  The star prospect will also visit Gonzaga and Memphis in October.   The Blue Devils may be able to persuade Ellis to get in for a visit around the same time he checks out the Tar Heels.

Ellis can score the ball be it from the perimeter or on drives to the basket.  He can also play both guard positions.  Duke has several roster spots open for 2019 prospects.  More on the Blue Devil Nation message board for members,

https://twitter.com/BoogieEllis/status/1042207699524448256

Duke Hoops Schedule Released

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men’s basketball team, in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, announced its 2018-19 ACC schedule on Thursday. In addition to the ACC slate, also unveiled were times and TV designations for the majority of the Blue Devils’ previously announced non-conference games.

Duke’s 18-game ACC regular season loop, which commences Saturday, January 5 versus Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium, includes home-and-homes with North Carolina, Virginia, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

The Blue Devils’ ACC opener -- their first conference-opener at home since the 2014-15 season –  will air on ESPN at either 2 or 8 p.m., versus the Tigers. Duke will have had 15 days off between its game on Thursday, December 20 versus Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m., ESPN) and the Clemson game.

Games at Wake Forest on Tuesday, January 8 (7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) and at Florida State on Saturday, January 12 (2 p.m., ESPN) follow Duke’s ACC opener.

After knocking off Syracuse in last season’s Sweet 16, the Orange visit Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday, January 14 (7 p.m., ESPN or ESPNU). That game precedes a matchup versus reigning ACC champion Virginia at Cameron Indoor on Saturday, January 19 (2 or 4 or 6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2).

Duke wraps up January with games at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, January 22 (9 p.m., ESPN or ESPNU), versus Georgia Tech at home on Saturday, January 26 (12 p.m., Raycom) and at Notre Dame on Big Monday, January 28 (7 p.m., ESPN). The Pitt game marks the first against head coach Jeff Capel, who had been on Duke’s staff since 2011.

February begins with a two-game homestand featuring non-conference foe St. John’s on Saturday, February 2 (12 p.m., ESPN) and Boston College on Tuesday, February 5 (7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2). Duke then hits the road for two straight ACC showdowns at Virginia on Saturday, February 9 (6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) and at Louisville on Tuesday, February 12 (9 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2).

The Blue Devils play four of their final seven at home, beginning with consecutive matchups against NC State on Saturday, February 16 (4 or 6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) and North Carolina on Wednesday, February 20 (9 p.m. ESPN and Raycom).

Duke is at Syracuse on Saturday, February 23 (6 or 8 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) and at Virginia Tech on Tuesday, February 26 (7 or 9 p.m., ESPN or Raycom). The Blue Devils' final two home games come against Miami on Saturday, March 2 (4 p.m., CBS) and Wake Forest on Tuesday, March 5 (7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2).

The regular season concludes at North Carolina on Saturday, March 9 (6 or 8 p.m., ESPN), with the New York Life ACC Tournament beginning Tuesday, March 12 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

Duke’s home opener versus Army West Point has been set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 on ESPN. Tip times for Duke’s remaining home non-conference games include Eastern Michigan (Nov. 14, 7 p.m., TV TBA), Stetson (Dec. 1, 7 p.m., ESPN2), Hartford (Dec. 5, 7 p.m., TV TBA), Yale (Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., ESPN) and Princeton (Dec. 18, 6 p.m., ESPN2).

ACC

Jan. 5: vs. Clemson

Jan. 8: at Wake Forest

Jan. 12: at Florida State

Jan. 14: vs. Syracuse

Jan. 19: vs. Virginia

Jan. 22: at Pittsburgh

Jan. 26: vs. Georgia Tech

Jan. 28: at Notre Dame

Feb. 5: vs. Boston College

Feb. 9: at Virginia

Feb. 12: at Louisville

Feb. 16: vs. N.C. State

Feb. 20: vs. North Carolina

Feb. 23: at Syracuse

Feb. 26: at Virginia Tech

March 2: vs. Miami

March 5: vs. Wake Forest

March 9: at North Carolina

Indiana at Duke Tip Off Time Released

Javin DeLaurier

The Duke Blue Devils host the Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday, November the 27th in Cameron Indoor Stadium.    The ACC-Big 10 Challange game will be televised on ESPN and a late tip-off of 9:30 has been set.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, November 26
7:00 p.m. - Nebraska at Clemson ESPN2
9:00 p.m. - Minnesota at Boston College ESPN2
Tuesday, November 27
7:00 p.m. - Virginia Tech at Penn State ESPN2 or ESPNU
7:00 p.m. - Illinois at Notre Dame ESPN2 or ESPNU
7:30 p.m. - Michigan State at Louisville ESPN
9:00 p.m. - NC State at Wisconsin ESPN2
9:00 p.m. - Pitt at Iowa ESPNU
9:30 p.m. - Indiana at Duke ESPN
Wednesday, November 28
7:00 p.m. - Virginia at Maryland ESPN or ESPN2
7:00 p.m. - Syracuse at Ohio State ESPN or ESPN2
7:00 p.m. - Rutgers at Miami ESPNU
9:00 p.m. - North Carolina at Michigan ESPN
9:00 p.m. - Purdue at Florida State ESPN2
9:00 p.m. - Georgia Tech at Northwestern ESPNU

Duke Set to Go In-Home With Matthew Hurt

Matthew Hurt pictured right on his visit to Duke.

For those who do not know, the official contact period with basketball recruits gets back underway this coming Sunday.  One of the players who will get immediate attention is Rochester John Marshall forward Matthew Hurt.

Hurt is a can't miss talent that has garnered the attention of the nations top coaches.  And those coaches will be in-home with the talented young man and his family starting September the 9th.

The Duke Blue Devils Mike Krzyzewski will be in on that date, but so will Kansas coach Bill Self and Kentucky's John Calipari.  They will all have their pitches ready but his official visits to campuses have yet to be set.  Memphis, Minnesota and North Carolina are also heavily involved with Hurt and will be in later in the week.

It is no secret that Hurt fits the stretch four position at Duke in a most perfect way.  His skill set would likely thrive in the system which changes yearly to best fit their roster.

Duke is not only expected to have large roster turnover at this coming seasons end, they will for sure have starting spots opening up for elite level players.

Duke has had success with players from Minnesota in the past with Tyus Jones helping lead the team to a national title.  His brother Tre Jones is currently on the Duke roster as well.

The Blue Devils do not have a commitment in the 2019 class as of yet, but I discuss that in great detail in our latest recruiting update for site members and how teams are positioning themselves with a prized recruit in Hurt.  The update will go live just before noon today.

Duke recently lost Bryan Antoine to Villanova before he could visit campus and that is discussed along with the targeted prospects and what to expect in the coming month.

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Alex O’Connell Sidelined in Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- Duke sophomore guard Alex O’Connell will miss the remainder of the Duke Canada Tour after being diagnosed with an orbital floor fracture. O’Connell sustained the injury early in the first quarter of Duke’s game versus Ryerson University on Wednesday night at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

O’Connell was released from the hospital last night and rejoined the team at the hotel. He was reevaluated by Duke’s medical staff this morning and is expected to make a full and routine recovery.

The Blue Devils have two games remaining on their tour – Friday versus the University of Toronto in Mississauga and Sunday versus McGill University in Montreal.

Duke in Canada – What to Watch

Duke in Canada - What to Watch

Duke is set to play three games in Canada starting tomorrow evening.  With Cam Reddish and Tre Jones sidelined due to injury, here is what to watch.

R.J. Barrett will control the ball

While the starters have yet to be announced, Mike Krzyzewski said in his press conference that the ball would run through R.J. Barrett on the Canadia trip.  I asked Barrett last week if he was comfortable in that role and he said that he was.  Duke loves to play what they call positionless basketball but they have a true PG this season in Tre Jones when healthy.

Who might start?

Duke will likely go with Marques Bolden, Javin DeLaurier, R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Alex O'Connell.

Duke will seek to develop quality depth

With the aforementioned injuries, Duke will play their bench and they'll do so often,  BDN Premium members know who I projected as the season rotation, but Duke needs another body or two to become viable if there are injuries.  Jack White will get some quality time and he could be the likely candidate for added depth once the season starts,  Krzyzewski said he had lost ten pounds in the offseason,  Another source close to the situation said their goal was to get the Austrailian product to play with more confidence.  We can also expect to see Joey Baker, Antonio Vrankovic, Justin Robinson, and Jordan Goldwire see significant minutes.

Look for R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson to Shine

These guys are good and they're about to let the nation see that.  Barrett is a confident player who enjoys challenges.  He will thrive being the one who dictates action on a trip home.  Zion Williamson literally makes Coach K smile when he speaks of him.  All eyes will be on the South Carolina native and if his game translates to the college level right away.

Leaders will lead

Duke will look to Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden to lead as both enter their junior seasons.  Duke has also been getting some chatter from White and O'Connell while the talented newcomers adjust.

Don't expect a refined, perfect bunch

The Duke staff is just scratching the surface on conditioning and they have yet to put in major parts of the system.  Duke will play up-tempo this season with more man to man but this trip might not reveal how effective that can be.

Sideline Chemistry

This will be the first time we have seen this staff together.  Gone is Jeff Capel and entering is Chris Carrawell.  It will be interesting to watch how things are handled with the aforementioned along with Nate James, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith.  While Smith is not technically a coach, he plays a major role.  It is worth noting that every coach or staff member mentioned has a national championship ring while at Duke.