Category Archives: Duke Basketball

Tre Jones to Enter NBA Draft

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke sophomore guard Tre Jones has announced that he will enter his name in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Named both the ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and an Associated Press All-American, Jones was the floor general for the Blue Devils in each of the last two seasons. The sophomore team captain, who is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award and the John R. Wooden Award, and a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring (16.2), second in assists (6.4), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (+2.4), sixth in steals (1.8) and 11th in field goal percentage (.423). He was the only player ranked in the league's top 11 in each of those categories.

"When I started my journey at Duke my main goal was to win a National Championship," said Jones. "Given what has had happened in our world recently, our season was cut short and we never got the opportunity to bring No. 6 back home. I think about what if, what would have happened if we got that chance? But I can't think about what didn't happen, I can only think about what did happen. What did happen was the amazing experiences and relationships I gained with my brothers, the knowledge I received from Coach K and all of the Duke staff to become a better player and person, and the endless support from the Crazies and all the Duke fans. Duke has taught me what it means and what it takes to be the best at what I do. My journey is just getting started. As I look to begin my career at the next level I will always and forever cherish everything Duke."

Jones, a native of Apple Valley, Minn., was Duke's starting point guard on last season's team that won the ACC Championship and reached the Elite Eight, earning ACC All-Freshman and All-Defensive honors. He averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 assists and shot .414 from the field. Returning for his sophomore season that was ended abruptly, Jones upped his averages to 16.2 points, 6.4 assists and .423 shooting on his way to becoming just the second player in ACC history to sweep the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Awards in the same season.

He leaves Duke as the program's career leader in assist/turnover ratio at +2.87, while ranking third all-time in assists per game (5.8) and fifth in career steals per game (1.83).

"This is such a special moment for Tre and his family," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "I couldn't be prouder of what he accomplished this season as both the ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He's been the heart and soul of our program over the last two seasons, and it's been a joy for me to watch him develop as a player and leader. There aren't many as competitive as him, and I know the best is yet to come. I want to thank Tre for being such a pleasure to coach, and I wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his NBA career."

The Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in 32 of 39 NBA Drafts under Krzyzewski. Coach K has tutored a total of 64 draft picks since taking over the Duke program, including a draft-record 41 first-round selections.

Carey, Jones Named A.P. All Americans

The Associated Press All American Basketball teams were released today.

Duke freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. was a second-team honoree, while sophomore guard Tre Jones picked up third-team honors.

Carey averaged 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 57.7% from the field. The Southwest Ranches, Florida, was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and claimed First-Team All-ACC honors. Carey was the lone freshman on the AP All-America Team this season.

Jones averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game this season. The Apple Valley, Minnesota, native was voted the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year while also garnering First-Team All-ACC honors.

Tre Jones Named 2nd Team All American/USA Today

DURHAM, N.C. – USA Today announced its 2020 college basketball All-America Teams with Duke sophomore Tre Jones earning Second Team honors.

The ACC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports Third Team All-American, Jones was the floor general all season long for the Blue Devils. The sophomore team captain, who is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award and the John R. Wooden Award, and a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring (16.2), second in assists (6.4), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (+2.4), sixth in steals (1.8) and 11th in field goal percentage (.423). He was the only player ranked in the league's top 11 in each of those categories. The native of Apple Valley, Minn., was a three-time ACC Player of the Week selection.

Duke ended its regular season with a 26-5 overall record and 15-5 mark in the ACC.

Duke, ACC Cancels 2019-20 Athletics

DURHAM, N.C. – In conjunction with an announcement today from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke University announced Tuesday the cancellation of all athletic events and practices through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. The decision was made to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19.

The cancellation applies to all athletic competitions and practices for the health and safety of all who are essential to these activities. Duke had previously announced the suspension of all athletics events for the foreseeable future.

Duke University and Duke Athletics will convey additional information, when available, via its social media channels and GoDuke.com.

Statement from ACC Commissioner John Swofford:

“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of others during these uncharted times. We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”

Duke Shuts Down All Sports

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University has suspended all athletic competition for the foreseeable future, effective immediately, in response to COVID-19. The announcement was made Thursday by President Vincent E. Price, in conjunction with guidance from public health experts and Duke Athletics leadership.

The suspension applies to all athletic competitions and practices for the health and safety of all who are essential to these activities. This suspension also applies to any camps and clinics sponsored by Duke’s intercollegiate athletic programs.

Duke University and Duke Athletics will convey additional information, when available, via its social media channels and GoDuke.com.

Statement from Duke President Vincent E. Price:
“We are taking this action to protect the safety of our student athletes, coaches, staff and others who are essential to these activities. I know it is a great disappointment to our student-athletes and coaches, whose hard work and dedication to their sports and Duke is inspirational to so many, but we must first look out for their health and well-being.  This is clearly an unprecedented moment for our university, our region and the wider world. As we take steps to confront the spread of this virus, I’m grateful for the cooperation and support of the entire Duke community.”

Statement from Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Kevin White:

“During this unpredictable time, Duke Athletics fully supports all measures to protect the health and welfare of the Duke family and beyond.  While we understand this may be daunting to many, please know that this decision is entirely in the best interest of all student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.”

Statement from Duke Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski:

“We emphatically support the decision made by Dr. Price today regarding the suspension of athletic competition at Duke. The welfare of our student-athletes, and all students at Duke, is paramount, and this decision reflects that institutional priority. Certainly, I want to applaud Dr. Price, who took a leadership role with his presidential peers and the Atlantic Coast Conference in arriving at this decision.”

We’re All On the Same Team Now

It became clear that this was the be the oddest season ever not only when the ACC Tournament was canceled, but as Florida State accepted the trophy without taking a single dribble.

The Coronavirus has wrecked the lives of so many and it has touched the sports world where anyone reading this lives for this time of year. As a media member and a fan of college basketball, I feel everyone's pain, but that pain is different for each person.

It is going to take several weeks to understand all of the repercussions of the likelihood that the NCAA Tournament will be canceled. The Greensboro economy has taken a hit as has the ACC itself.

Fans are morbid, many have purchased tickets and traveled or made plans to do so. It is not hard to imagine that this situation which is changing a breakneck speed will cause many more issues.

As ACC commissioner John Swofford took to the coliseum floor, stunned teams and media were the only ones there to witness something they'll never forget.

The teams had already warmed up and their cheerleaders were in a pre-game battle just moments before and it looked as if I would be able to describe the unusual scene to fans on social media.

By the time I got to the lunch area which was still open, it was announced that Big East tournament would cease at the half and all the other conferences followed suit.

Many were blaming Rudy Gobert and his actions which forced the NBA to shut their league down. A few could not help but make this tragedy political. But everyone has a take and you could go on forever with speculation on how this will affect us all moving forward.

The players have nowed missed their chance to shine as well. Duke plays for March, not the regular season and there are players on their team and many others who wanted to impress the NBA scouts to raise their stock in the eventual draft.

No matter I try to explain my thoughts and emotions each minute brings something new to think about.

There is a part of me which hopes the NCAA takes a two-week wait and see approach to this. The nation could use some sports if we can contain this mess. But it is also time to realize that this season is in some ways a disappointment for every team in the country.

My mind and yours will start to process this catastrophic event in the coming weeks and I will have more to say soon enough. Until then, be safe, be wise but don't panic. A nation panicked completely making runs on gas stations and grocery stores will only set this situation into more of a frenzy.

By all means, do what it takes to make your family safe, stock up a bit as well. But leave some for your neighbor for in this game we are all on the same team.


Statement from the Atlantic Coast Conference:

“Following additional consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors, and in light of the continued conversations surrounding the fluidity of COVID-19, the Atlantic Coast Conference will immediately cancel the remainder of the 2020 ACC Tournament. For NCAA Tournament automatic qualification purposes, Florida State will represent the league as the ACC Champion. We are disappointed for our student-athletes, schools and fans to have to make this decision; however, the overall health and safety of all involved is the priority.”