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Duke Hoops Schedule Release

DURHAM – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Thursday night the conference schedules for the 2021-22 men's basketball season, with Duke opening the ACC slate at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

The Blue Devils' 20 ACC games include home-and-home tilts versus Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest, while welcoming Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State and Virginia Tech to Cameron Indoor. On the road, Duke battles Boston College, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.

On the heels of an 11-game non-conference schedule that had been previously announced, Duke unwraps the ACC schedule three days before Christmas versus Virginia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium (9 p.m., ESPN2) followed by a date at Clemson on Wednesday, Dec. 29 (7 p.m., ACCN).

The New Year begins with a road battle at Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 1 (6 p.m., ACCN), before the Blue Devils return home for five of their next seven contests, beginning with reigning ACC Champion Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 4 (9 p.m., ACCN) and Miami on Saturday, Jan. 8 (8 p.m., ACCN).

The first of two versus North Carolina is Saturday, Feb. 5 in Chapel Hill (6 p.m., ESPN) with the return game scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at Cameron Indoor Stadium (6 p.m., ESPN) for the regular-season finale.

Duke finishes the regular season with three of the final four games on the road, including three consecutive road stops at Virginia on Wednesday, Feb. 23 (7 p.m., ESPN), at Syracuse on Saturday, Feb. 26 (Time TBD) and at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 1 (8 p.m., ACCN).

The ACC schedule includes 10 Saturday games – five at home – and two matchups on ESPN's Big Monday package – at Florida State on Jan. 17 and home versus Virginia on Feb. 7.

Duke's Countdown to Craziness event is Friday, Oct. 15 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the lone exhibition game is against Winston-Salem State on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Cameron Indoor. The regular-season opener is Tuesday, Nov. 9 versus Kentucky at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic.

Visit for the complete 2021-22 Duke men's basketball schedule.

Duke welcomes back three starters and ushers in another top-five freshman class for the historic 2021-22 season that will be the 42nd and final for Hall of Fame Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K announced his retirement plans in June, with Associate Head Coach Jon Scheyer tapped to lead the program beginning in 2022-23.

PG Caleb Foster Picks Duke

Duke landed a key future commitment from five-star point guard prospect Caleb Foster today. Jon Scheyer is on fire on the recruiting trail where he is showing early on the Blue Devils will still seek the nation's most talented players.

Foster will be balling for Oak Hill this season and that is of course where Duke assistant coach Nolan Smith played. The Virginia native has been a Duke lean and he made it official.

The sure-fire talent stands 6-5 already and has great court vision. He played very well at the NBA Top 100 camp and is ranked in everyone's top 15 in 2023.

Duke fans are going to love Foster as much as they do the incredible start in recruiting from soon-to-be coach Jon Scheyer.

Dereck Lively II has Duke In-Home visit tomorrow

Dereck Lively II (Westown HS, PA) has been on the Duke radar since before people knew Jon Scheyer would take over the program and Mike Krzyzewski would retire. Standing in at a long 7-1, Lively soared up the rankings this past season and some feel is the best prospect in the nation.

Duke has plenty of competition with North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan involved, but it is thought that Lively thinks a lot of the Blue Devils and what they have to offer.

The Blue Devils will be fresh off a visit with combo guard JJ Starling who balls for Albany City Rocks on the EYBL circuit. In fact, this staff is very busy with not only next year's class but the one beyond where they intend to prove Duke Basketball Never Stops regardless of who is in charge.

Lively has long been at the top of the Blue Devils wish list where Duke hopes he will join Kyle Filipowski, Jaden Schutt, and the first prospect to verbally commit in Dariq Whitehead.

Duke will be showing off their presentation with Jon Scheyer, flanked by assistants Chris Carrawell, Nolan Smith, and possibly Amile Jefferson who is on staff and expected to be promoted in the off-season.

The reason for the staff's excitement with Lively is that he is talented now but has tremendous upside as a player. The Belfonte, Pennsylvania native loves playing in the post where he flourishes but he is expanding his game daily with added perimeter skills.

Many feel as I do that this could be another Duke-Kentucky battle. Oh to be a fly on the wall as Calipari will pitch Scheyer has not proven himself on the court yet. On the other side, the ever-confident Scheyer will be putting those worries to rest with a focused vision where he seems more than ready and young enough to master the new NIL situation. Just today, Paolo Banchero inked a lucrative deal and a prospect like Lively will be set up to follow in his footsteps.

The Blue Devils have other visits set which we discuss in the member's forum, but this one is important and will be in the limelight for a bit. I will tell you Mark Mitchell will also receive attention.

As for when we can expect Lively to make a decision those in the know claim the Fall is likely but in recruiting anything can change, so keep that in mind.

If you are looking for a prediction, I will say Duke is in this one but it may take a little time to close the deal. And I feel Kentucky is the chief competition but if his decision is delayed more teams could enter the situation especially post visits that he has lined up.

Honestly, the landscape can change a lot after visits but I expect Duke to still be on the shortlist once they're finished.

Paolo Banchero Inks NIL Deal with NBA2K 2022

Duke star freshmen Paolo Banchero is the first college player to sign a deal with EA Sports NBA2 K game. This is the first deal of its kind as reported by Boardroom TV.

The five-star Banchero is considered a can't miss talent who officially made some bucks today as this deal is announced. He is expected to be the first player taken in the upcoming NBA Draft.

A lot has to happen for that to come to fruition but the staff to be led by Jon Scheyer is quickly adjusting to a new era of college sports and that is great news for the future of Duke basketball and its fanbase.

Hoops Hype for Duke

A look around the newsstands shows that the hype has started on the fast-approaching basketball season. Wendell Moore Jr. shares the cover of Athlon Sports magazine and there is no shortage of talk of Coach K's last season at Duke.

Here are the highlights -

  • Wendell Moore Jr. graces the cover.
  • Paolo Banchero is rated as the second-best player in college basketball and is picked to be 1st team All American and the best freshman.
  • Duke is ranked 6th nationally and expected to bow out in Final Eight.
  • Duke is picked to win the ACC. 1- Duke 2- UNC 3- FSU 4- Va Tech 5- UVA 6- Louisville 7- Syracuse 8- Notre Dame 9- Miami 10- Miami 11- GT 12-NCSU 13- WF 14- BC
  • Mark Williams is picked 2nd team All ACC and is ranked 23rd in the top 100 players in college hoops.
  • AJ Griffin is picked 3rd team All ACC and is ranked as the 79th best player in college basketball.
  • There is a Steve Wiseman article on Coach K titled the Final Chapter.
  • The "Last Page," is dedicated to Mike Krzyzewski with quotes from others.
  • In the list of what to watch for this college basketball season, the number one thing is Coach K's Final season.

The magazine is at most newsstands/book stores and priced at 10.99.

Scheyer Scoring Early for Duke

Over the years fans have fretted, argued and wildly speculated on who would one day replace legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. For some of us covering the program, it became a running satire on how many take a crack at a prediction. It almost became distracting and made me personally wonder why people wanted to look ahead with a wildly successful career taking place.

At some point and time, Mike Krzyzewski had to retire. With a fast-paced and changing world throttled by COVID restrictions, Team K came to the realization the time was now. But that realization could not take place if there were not a viable replacement.

Behind closed doors, it was decided that former player and lead assistant Jon Scheyer had emerged as the top candidate. He had been Coach K's right-hand man for a few seasons and the decision was made that he would lead the post-K era for Duke Basketball.

The talk for years has been nobody in their right mind would want to replace Mike Krzyzewski. For those who did not live the entire K-era at Duke one needs to know it took a lot of work to build the program to where it sits today as a part of college basketball royalty.

Scheyer steps into a much different environment than Krzyzewski did. The program is well established. There will be no building just maintaining a high level of competitiveness. He also has a mentor close by in Krzyzewski, and a former teammate in the affable Nolan Smith on one side and a seasoned Chris Carrawell on the other making for immediate chemistry.

Many may not remember the top recruits did not always come to Duke. Krzyzewski was an unproven coach at Duke and he had multiple misses and growing pains before landing the class which would lead the program to a return to the national title game in 1986. What happened since that time is that the Blue Devils won five national titles.

Fast forward to 2021 and Mike Krzyzewski has prospects calling him to come to Duke. And Scheyer takes over when the iron is hot, a system is set and winning is the norm.

The first order of business for the regime at Duke is naturally recruiting. Early returns are sparkling as the Blue Devils landed combo guard Jaden Schutt to a verbal commitment last evening.

Schutt joins a couple of five-star prospects in Kyle Filipowski and Dariq Whitehead. That three-man class currently ranks atop the nation and the Blue Devils are not finished adding players for many spots could be open.

Krzyzewski could have only dreamed to have a class coming together from day one when he arrived at Duke. Scheyer has been handed a near-perfect situation when he takes the reigns after this season.

What we are seeing has been well thought out with concern for the timing of the pending change. Duke did a good job of keeping it all close to the vest as the decision Krzyzewski would retire earlier this summer.

The one thing Jon Scheyer could immediately do is hit the recruiting trail hard. There were questions on how he might fare with a legend retiring. He is after all, basically just 1-0 at Duke in a game he coached last season.The one thing Jon Scheyer could immediately do is hit the recruiting trail hard. There were questions on how he might fare with a legend retiring. He is after all, basically just 1-0 at Duke in a game he coached last season.

We will all have to wait and see how Scheyer does in the X's and O's department which is an entirely separate discussion. But he has hit the trail running as they say and he did so when major adjustments were required in the process of recruiting.

Hitting the recruiting trail in 2021 is different than the early 1980s under Krzyzewski during his first season. The recruiting climate is even vastly different than a season ago. Scheyer and his staff of Nolan Smith and Chris Carrawell have adjusted well to the new era to date.

That adjustment included navigating restrictions in how coaches got to view prospects. Schedules changed, opportunities for viewing or having actual contact with kids were different. There has been a complete overhaul by shoe camps of late and the staff has adjusted accordingly leading to early success.

It was not that long ago that the fanbase just wanted to see a prospect verbally committed under Scheyer to get the ball rolling. A month or so later he has three in the bag while hotly pursuing others in the same class and beyond.

Duke has adjusted quickly to stabilize the program with Krzyzewski's last season approaching. This points to a team effort where Scheyer is surrounded by a young crew on and off the court that can grow with him.

Scheyer will benefit from a burgeoning new system in place around him and working together with new Athletic Director Nina King and the social media aspects in the NIL era. And thanks to his mentor Coach K he will have facilities and staffing designed to keep Duke Basketball running hot for years to come.

Only time will tell if the transition works but Scheyer is positioned to maintain excellence at Duke. Of course, when the ball is tipped off as he takes over the sidelines there is an altogether new pressure of strategy, in-game adjustments, and such.

There will in time be some growing pains for Duke trying to replace the winningest coach in history. But Scheyer is competitive and he will be allowed to grow into his role which the fanbase is looking forward to and his arrival on the recruiting trail is making the dreaded but inevitable transition from Krzyzewski tolerable to the fanbase.

Scheyer must now continue a balancing act of helping to prepare this year's talented team while always recruiting. Scheyer is young, hungry, and probably a little afraid to fail and that makes for constant work.

The one thing which is evident and it is gaining attention from the college basketball world is that Jon Scheyer is scoring some early wins on the recruiting trail.