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Duke Goes In Home with Jalen Johnson

Jalen Johnson

Hot off securing a commitment with 2019 SG Cassius Stanley the Duke Men's Basketball staff went in-home with big-time prospect Jalen Johnson.

Johnson has long been on the Blue Devils early wish list for the 2020-21 recruiting season.

The Wisconsin native stands 6-8 plays for Nicolet High School in Glendale.  He has a long list of offers and suitors but Duke has made him a priority for some time now.

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Cassius Stanley Joins the Duke Brotherhood (Updated)

Cassius Stanley Photo - LA Times

The Duke Blue Devils solidify their 2019-20 recruiting class with highly ranked shooting guard Cassius Stanley giving the program the nations top-rated class.

Stanley chose Duke over Kansas, Oregon and UCLA.

His announcement came at his Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.

The newest Blue Devil averaged 17.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 2018-19 for a star-studded team.

Stanley joins fellow Californian, Boogie Ellis, Matthew Hurt, Vernon Carey Jr., and Wendell Moore Jr.

An elite athlete, Stanley hopes to be an immediate factor early at Duke, where three starters are NBA bound.

Standing at 6-5 with solid length and he is aggressive on the offensive end driving the ball downcourt while also being a willing defender.

Stanley is a little older than some freshman so that has allowed him to develop physically as well.  He will look to gain a more consistent outside shot at Duke while getting stronger.

His high school is 22 miles from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so there is little chance Stanley will be star-struck at Duke.

Several former NBA players send their kids to Sierra Canyon including Scottie Pippen,  Duane "Pearl" Washington, Kenyon Martin to name a few.

His high school alum list includes kids from Berry Gordy. Sean Combs, Kevin Hart, the Jenner's and Jamie Fox to name a few.  Elite level kids attend the school system near Los Angeles from kindergarten through high school.

Another recent Duke product from Sierra Valley was none other than Marvin Bagley III.

So, Stanley is more than a little accustomed to stars being around, so that should help him fit in with a program full of them and the stands always having somebody famous nearby.

His Dad, Jerome, was a successful sports agent who broke down some barriers along the way,  He represented the likes of Baron Davis and Keyshaun Johnson.

Stanley once worked out with Oklahoma City standout Paul George.

It will be fin for Duke fans to watch the athletic Stanley add polish to his game while in Durham.  There is no reason he should not push for immediate playing time if he puts in the work.

Stanley added Duke to his list in early August and visited the school the weekend after that news came out.  It was obviously a good visit.

Duke assistant coaches Nate James and Chris Carrawell took lead roles in the recruiting process recognizing the talent Stanley possessed.

 

“It was a lot of pressure,” said Stanley after his decision. “Initially I had three schools, UCLA, Kansas and Oregon. Coach Alford got fired and around the same time Duke slid in. I was skeptical at first because I wanted to stay loyal to the programs that were recruiting me earlier, but I felt Duke had the best to offer.”

The Blue Devils wanted to add a shooting guard to this class and more backcourt help, so the addition of Stanley afford them backcourt depth.

 

Javin DeLaurier & Marques Bolden Will Test NBA Waters

Javin DeLaurier

DURHAM, N.C. – Rising Duke men’s basketball seniors Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden have announced their intentions to enter the NBA Draft process.

Both submitted their draft paperwork ahead of the April 21 deadline. They will gather feedback from NBA personnel over the coming weeks, but will maintain their collegiate eligibility, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Blue Devils.

Marques Bolden

DeLaurier was one of two Blue Devils to play all 38 games this season, making 16 starts, and averaging 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Shipman, Va., native made 59 of his 79 field goal attempts for a .747 percentage. Bolden averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 35 games this season. The native of DeSoto, Texas, shot .579 from the field.

Bolden and DeLaurier blocked 58 and 50 shots this season, respectively, helping Duke set both a program and ACC single-season record with 257 blocked shots this season.

The Blue Devils now have five in the draft process along with freshmen RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson.

Matthew Hurt Joins Duke Brotherhood

A major Duke target, Matthew Hurt, announced this afternoon that he will be the newest Blue Devil.

The 6-9, 210 pounds, Minnesota native played his high school basketball for John Marshall in Rochester.

Hurt will join fellow Minnesota native Tre Jones who elected to return for his sophomore season.  It is believed that this helped in his recruitment.

Duke had been a favorite for the last several months and Hurt spurned Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina to play in Durham.

Hurt received 19 total offers but many teams fell to the wayside with him being a consensus five-star prospect.

The Blue Devils head coach, Mike Krzyzewski took a vested interest in Hurt's recruitment where he played.  Duke played the long game with Hurt, whom they knew would not make an early decision.

Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer was the lead assistant in Hurt's recruitment.

The entire Duke coaching staff visited in-home with the Hurt family in early March.

The fact that four blue blood programs sought Hurt's services speaks volumes with concern to his talent.  A very skilled offensive player with size, Hurt is all but penciled into next years starting five.

Hurt was a mainstay on Team USA during his high school basketball career.   He was also named to the McDonald's All American game.  Hurt also garnered the Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award.

With Hurt on board, the Blue Devils will now turn their attention to Cassius Stanley, a high-flying, top-rated shooting guard from California.  He will make his decision this coming Monday.

Hurt joins Vernon Carey Jr., Wendell Moore Jr, and Boogie Ellis giving Duke one of the nation's elite recruiting classes.

 

 

Cam Reddish to Enter NBA Draft

COLUMBIA, SC - MARCH 22: North Dakota State v Duke during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Lance King for BDN)

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman forward Cam Reddish has announced that he will enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft.

An honorable mention All-ACC selection, Reddish completed his freshman season at Duke averaging 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals. He made 33.3 percent from three-point range, and was the team’s best free-throw shooter.

“We were honored to have Cam and his family be a part of our program,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “He had an excellent freshman year that was interrupted at different times with nagging injuries. I admired the way he responded and helped us. He has an amazing future ahead of him as a player. We are proud that he was part of a truly spectacular year.”

Reddish was his best in the clutch, draining a game-winning three-pointer before the buzzer to beat No. 13 Florida State in Tallahassee and scoring 16 of Duke’s final 30 points during a furious second-half comeback win at Louisville. He drained a clutch three-pointer in the final two minutes against UCF, helping Duke reach the Sweet 16.

“That feeling of putting on the Duke uniform in indescribable,” said Reddish. “I’ll always be grateful to have been part of such a special season. I would like to thank the coaches for pushing me each day, my teammates for welcoming me into the Brotherhood and the Crazies for the support. I’m looking forward to what’s next, and excited to officially announce I’m entering the 2019 NBA Draft.”

Reddish scored 22 in Duke’s season-opening win over Kentucky, with his career-high of 27 coming against North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in 31 of 38 drafts under Krzyzewski. Coach K has tutored a total of 61 draft picks since taking over the Duke program, including a Draft-record 38 first-round selections.

Duke has produced 18 first-round picks in the last 10 seasons, including at least one in each of the last eight years. Thirteen of Duke’s last 15 picks, and 20 of the last 25, have come in the first round, including 13 lottery picks.

Duke Staff Will Be Active as Open Period Begins

The Duke Men's Basketball staff will be out on the road recruiting as the open period begins today.  The NCAA allows the team to have on and off-campus contact with student-athletes through the 14th.

The Blue Devils got a shot in the arm when Tre Jones decided to return for his sophomore season but they are now trying to finalize next years roster.

Despite having layered back up options, it would appear that they want to round out their roster with ...

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