Category Archives: Duke Basketball

Vernon Carey Will Play at Duke

Vernon Carey Jr. picked the Duke Blue Devils as his collegiate basketball choice on ESPN just moments ago.

Carey plays for NSU University School where he made his announcement in front of fans and family in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The five-star prospect played for Nike Team Florida on the Nike EYBL circuit.

The newest Duke Blue Devil to be will join Boogie Ellis and Wendell Moore Jr. in a class which is still evolving.  Carey chose Duke over Michigan State and North Carolina.

Carey stands 6-10, 260 pounds and has a versatile offensive game.  He has been rated the top player in his class and is on everyone's top five lists.

More to come.

Duke Rattles Hartford 84-54

The No. 3 ranked Duke Blue Devils pushed their season record to 8-1 with a 84-54 victory over the Hartford Hawks in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The win was the 144th consecutive win in Cameron against non-conference opposition.  Duke has never lost to an American East Conference school.

The Duke students are deep into exams and it showed in turnout and play on the court.  It was just one of those December games that will quickly be forgotten.

The Blue Devils played solid defense but struggled with the Hartford zone only pulling away late in the contest.

RJ Barret coming off ACC Rookie of the Week honors scored 27 points to lead the Blue Devils to go with 15 rebounds in a steller performance.

Zion Williamson had a double-double as well going for 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Tre Jones played a solid floor game tallying 10 points and dishing out 6 dimes with 2 steals.

Javin DeLaurrier scored 10 points to go with a game-high 5 blocked shots.  Zion Williamson added another blocked shot to his totals which leads the ACC.

Duke will take to the court again this Saturday against Yale.

Duke Rips Stetson 113-49

The Duke Blue Devils pushed their season record to 7-1 with a 113-49 win over Stetson.  Duke came into the game as a 43 point favorite and the team did not disappoint.  In fact, Duke cleared their bench at the eleven-minute mark in the second half with a 90-31 lead.

The Blue Devils were paced in scoring by RJ Barrett who scored 26 points including back to back dunks with the second one coming off a steal.  Cam Reddish knocked down four three-point shots to tally 23 points in just twenty-two minutes of play.  Zion Williamson added 17 points in a mere eighteen minutes of play.

After a sluggish start, Javin DeLaurier and seldom used Jordan Goldwire sparked Duke off the bench who added 15 points between them.  Duke also had double-figure scorers in Justin Robinson and Alex O'Connell who had 13 points apiece.

Duke shared the ball well with 29 assists.  Duke had 19 steals in the contest as well and a 43-7 edge in bench player scoring.  The subs had a 10-0 run to end the game.  To give one an idea of how long the bench played, Alex O'Connell led his team in minutes played.

The Blue Devils scored 41 points off Stetson turnovers.   Duke held a 58-24 edge in the paint as well.

Coach K also gave his condolences to George Bush who passed away today.  He met Bush through announcer Jim Nance and had the former president to Cameron for games in the past.  Bush also attended the last Duke national title.

The win was the 143rd consecutive non-conference win in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Duke will return to Coach K Court on December 5th to take on Hartford.


Ellis, Moore Officially Sign With Duke

Wendell Moore on why he chose Duke.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the signing of two student-athletes during the early signing period.

Wendell Moore
 and Rejean “Boogie” Ellis will enter the Duke program in 2019-20. Moore is rated as a five-star wing from Charlotte, while Ellis is a four-star guard from San Diego. Each are top 40 prospects in the ESPN100. Moore is the top-ranked player in the state of North Carolina and Duke's first Queen City signee since Seth Curry in 2012-13.

The early signing period ended November 21, with the NCAA's regular signing period for basketball beginning April 17, 2019.

Wendell Moore – 6-6 – 210 – Forward – Charlotte, N.C. (Cox Mill HS)

  • Five-star wing
  • Ranked No. 18 in the ESPN 100 and the No. 3 small forward
  • Top-ranked player in North Carolina
  • Averaged 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and shot .531 from the field in the Nike EYBL circuit for Team CP3
  • A two-time gold medalist with USA Basketball as a member of the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship team and the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup team
  • Averaged 25 points, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals to help Cox Mill win its second straight 3A state title this past season
  • Has won back-to-back North Carolina state finals MVP honors
  • Is a 2,000-point scorer for Cox Mill HS
  • Becomes Duke’s first Charlotte-area player since former Charlotte Christian star Seth Curry played for the Blue Devils during the 2012-13 season
  • Chose Duke over in-state ACC rivals North Carolina, Wake Forest and NC State

Rejean “Boogie” Ellis – 6-2 – 170 – Guard – San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay HS)

  • Four-star guard
  • Ranked No. 40 in the ESPN 100 for the 2019 class
  • Averaged 23.0 points and 5.0 rebounds at the Nike Peach Jam for the Oakland Soldiers
  • Averaged 24 points, six rebounds and six assists per game on his way to being named the San Diego Section Player of the Year following his junior year
  • Led Mission Bay HS to the Open Division championship his junior campaign, finishing the season with a 27-6 record
  • Other Duke greats from southern California have included Cherokee Parks (Huntington Beach), Jay Bilas(Rolling Hills), Ricky Price (Carson) and Chip Engelland (Pacific Palisades)
  • Chose Duke over North Carolina, USC, Memphis and San Diego State

BDN Twitter Mailbag Q & A

Here are the latest questions from our twitter mail bag where I attempt to  answer questions -

I think Coach K's lineups will as always be dictated by each opponent.  We are still talking November basketball here, so there will be adjustments made after the upcoming game with Indiana.  The staff will pay close attention to said ball screen offense and adjust accordingly.  With a young core, the staff must not throw too much at the team at one time and make adjustments that will stick come March,

History tells us that David Cutcliffe will not make any drastic changes in season and that he rarely if ever makes a move on coaches from critics or anyones views.  The fan base is frustrated after the walloping it took against Wake Forest and it is only fair that questions arise.

Something is wrong when a team loses by 52 points in a game where they were favored by 10.  The worst loss in Cutciffes  tenure begs for some inner reflection in that it was simply shocking in a bad way.  That kind of beat down should not happen to a 7-5 bowl bound team.

On the other hand, maybe this is as good as it gets.  Before Cutcliffe came along Duke was one of the worst programs in the nation.  Now, they put out good kids and go bowling.  If he can get to an occasional tier 1 bowl and tier 2 ones, I'd say he will call the shots more than other influences.

The loss to Wake has a lot of people talking.  There is noise where there should not be any.  A hard-fought loss is acceptable, even a turnover prone pitfall, but a 59-7 is a tough pil to swallow, as it should be.  A Blue Devil Nation member posted on the message board that Iron Dukes want a team they can be proud of win or lose.  Well, that was not the case this past Saturday.

It is a fair question.  Duke looked a bit flat to me in their loss to Virginia Tech.  That game reminded me of the home loss to Florida State the season before.  Duke is 0-4 against Virginia in its last outings as well and one would think the team would be pumped out of their minds for this game.  And then the loss to Wake Forest was a complete mail it in from the start affair.

It does not help that the crowds do not turn out even when games have great meaning.  But for whatever reason Duke has not played good home football in some cases since the stadium renovations and that needs to be addressed.

It seems to be hard to get everything right of late and Duke was playing better football a few years ago.  Part of that is that the ACC is good and in the Coastal Division, not a lot separates teams from top to bottom.

But as for Duke not being pumped up for certain home games or playing well I have no answer and hope the staff figures it out next season.


Duke Rolls Past Eastern Michigan

The Duke Blue Devils moved to -3-0 on the season with an 84-46 victory over Eastern Michigan in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke used a 20-4  run, one of many, over the last eight minutes in the half to go up 48 to 13 at the break.

The Blue Devils defense was suffocating holding the visitors to  21% shooting from the field in the first half.

Duke continued their effort into the second half.  The lopsided affair allowed Duke to play several players.

Zion Williamson led Duke with 21 points while his freshman teammate R.J. Barret added 20.

Duke captains Javin DeLaurier and Jack White added 10 points apiece.  Both of them also pulled down 6 rebounds each.

Duke hustled early on in this game playing great defense along the way.

Cam Reddish went out of the game early and did not return but will be okay and was held out as a precaution per Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The win for Duke was their 141st straight against no conference opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke will take on San Diego State in the Maui Invitational on November 19th.  The team will leave Friday morning for Hawaii where they will play three consecutive days.

Should Duke win the first game they may face top ten foes Auburn and Gonzaga, two of the nations better teams.