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Coach K Will Be In Home with Bryan Antoine & Scottie Lewis

Photo - Asbury Park Press Sports Department - Bryan Antoine & Scottie Lewis

Per sources, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and staff members will be in home with Bryan Antoine & Scottie Lewis on Friday.

The spring recruiting period runs through April 18. This coming Friday is the first day after the April 9-12 dead period.

The New Jersey duo recently competed in the NCAA’s Next Generation event.  The two have also been an active part of giving back to their community via recent events,

Scottie Lewis (6-5) averaged 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks per game for Ranney HS (NJ) this past season,

Bryan Antoine (6-5) averaged 21.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.

Both prospects are ranked at the top of their class and each attended the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp.

Both players are also teammates on the shoe circuit for Team Rio of Under Armor.

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Duke Basketball Sunday Happenings

The Duke men's basketball staff has been busy of late on the recruiting trail.  Today, Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff are visiting Vernon Carey Jr. in Florida.  The 2019 Power Forward is s sure thing prospect.  For more on who Duke has visited lately and some other interesting information on Carey, join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our two for one membership special.

Two future Blue Devils will also be on display today during the Jordan Brand Classic which tips off at 5:00 on ESPN.  Tre Jones and Cam Reddish will suit up for the moe squad in today's contest.  Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were scheduled to play on the same squad but will sit out the event.  Williamson has his thumb in a cast for three weeks after injuring it at the McDonald's All American game.  Barrett has had an extraordinarily busy schedule and will sit out the event.  All of the current Duke signees have been select to play in the Nike Hoop Summit which starts  next week.  Blue Devil Nation expects Williamson to sit out that event as well but it is likely Barrett will play.

Duke lost Gary Trent Jr. to the NBA yesterday.  We dreamed of a rekindled backcourt of Tre Jones and Trent whom played together on the AAU circuit and in high school.  But Trent is a hard worker who is mature beyond his years and ready for the challenge.  Duke will miss his three-point accuracy and mental toughness.  He joins Marvin Bagely III and Trevon Duval as Blue Devils who will enter the draft.  We should hear news from Wendell Carter Jr. soon.  Carter is a projected lottery pick.  All of these players gave their hearts and soul to Duke which fell just short of the Final Four as Grayson Allen's shot rimmed out.  As for Allen, he is currently speaking with agents as are others.

The off-season is a busy time for Duke Basketball.  All Star games are winding down while recruiting is still going on.  Duke will soon start their exit interviews with players after class completes for the semester.  More on that and much else on the Blue Devil Nation message board.

In short, Duke Basketball never stops.

Gary Trent Jr. Declares for the NBA Draft

Gary Trent FT's help Duke to a win.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman guard Gary Trent, Jr. has announced that he will enter his name in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Trent is the third Blue Devil freshman this season, and the program’s 15th freshman overall, to declare for the NBA Draft. He joins a group that includes Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Tyus Jones (2015), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Justise Winslow (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017), Harry Giles (2017), Frank Jackson (2017), and teammates Marvin Bagley III (2018) and Trevon Duval (2018).

“Gary was the best three-point shooter in the ACC," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "At the NBA level, that’s what they’re looking for. He has the size of a two-guard who will be able to fit in the NBA. We appreciate everything Gary brought to Duke Basketball and wish him the best as he begins his journey in professional basketball.”

Trent enjoyed one of the best shooting seasons by a rookie in Duke history. The Columbus, Ohio native broke the Duke freshman record for three-point field goals with 97, surpassing the mark of 95 set by J.J. Redick in 2003. His 97 threes were third-most in the ACC, while his three-point percentage of .402 ranked fourth in the conference and stands seventh all-time by a Duke freshman. Trent’s free-throw percentage of .876 ranks fifth on Duke’s freshman list.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that Duke Basketball gave to me,” said Trent. “And a special thanks to Coach K for bringing me in with open arms and teaching me and showing me so much. Our team grew a lot this season and we bonded on and off the court, and these memories will last a lifetime. It has been a dream of mine, since I was a little kid, to play for Duke University and for Coach K. Now I'll set out to achieve another dream of mine and play in the NBA. I just want to say thanks to the fans, my teammates and my coaches for the support.”

Trent, who hit at least one three-pointer in each of the final 28 games this season, matched the Duke freshman record for made threes in a game with six on four different occasions -- at Boston College, vs. Wake Forest, at Miami, vs. Notre Dame. Trent was twice named ACC Rookie of the Week, and garnered Player of the Week honors after pouring in a career-high 30 points in a win at No. 25 Miami. Trent was Duke’s second-leading scorer over the second half of the season, averaging nearly 16 points per game.

Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last seven years. Coach K has mentored 35 first-round picks, including a draft-record 23 lottery selections. The Blue Devils matched a school record with four draft selections last season, including three first-rounds and two lottery picks.

Trevon Duval Declares for NBA Draft


DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman guard Trevon Duval has announced that he will enter his name in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Duval is the 14th Duke freshman to declare for the NBA Draft. He joins a group that includes Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Tyus Jones (2015), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Justise Winslow (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017),Harry Giles (2017), Frank Jackson (2017), and teammate Marvin Bagley III (2018).

Of the previous 12 Duke freshmen to declare for the draft before this season, 11 have been first-round selections, including nine lottery picks.

“We wish Trevon the very best,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “He showed unbelievable improvement, especially at the end of the year. His athleticism and his ability to guard at the next level will help him. We know that great things will happen for Trevon as he embarks on his pro career and will be watching and supporting him every step of the way.”

Duval led Duke with 207 assists, fourth all-time by a Duke freshman. His average of 5.6 assists per game ranked third in the ACC, and is tied for the third-best mark in a season by a Duke freshman. The New Castle, Del., native had four games with 10 or more assists, and had five or more assists on 21 occasions. Duval averaged 10.3 points, reaching double figures 19 times, including a career-high 22 against Portland State.

“I loved my time here at Duke and I enjoyed every second of it,” said Duval. “I want to thank all of the Duke fans, thank each of my teammates – they’re all brothers to me, and each of the coaches that have helped me grow as a young man both on and off the court. I hope to be part of the Duke brotherhood the rest of my life.”

Duval turned it on late in the season, averaging 9.8 points and 7.2 assists in six postseason games. He scored 19 points with eight assists in the NCAA First Round win over Iona, and followed that with 20 points and six assists in the Elite Eight versus Kansas. His 4-of-5 effort from three-point range against Iona set a Duke freshman record for three-point accuracy in an NCAA Tournament game. The 11 assists he collected in Duke’s ACC Tournament win over Notre Dame were one shy of his career high.

Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last seven years. Coach K has mentored 35 first-round picks, including a draft-record 23 lottery selections. The Blue Devils matched a school record with four draft selections last season, including three first-rounds and two lottery picks.

Duke Dominates Another HS All American Team

Future Blue Devils dominate the USA Today All American Team.

The honors keep rolling in for Duke Blue Devils to be.  USA Today has named R.J. Barrett the player of the year and on their first team of the best high school players in the nation.

He is joined by Tre Jones, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson  giving Duke four players on their first team.  They are joined by a junior in Vernon Carey who Duke is also recruiting.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: SG R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL.)

PG Tre Jones, Apple Valley H.S. (Apple Valley, Minn.)

SF Cam Reddish, Westtown School H.S. (Westchester, PA.)

PF Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day H.S. (Spartanburg, S.C.)

F Vernon Carey Jr., University School H.S. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

All four of the future Blue Devils will participate in the Jordan Brand Classic this Sunday at 3:30 on ESPN in Brooklyn. New York.  They will then head to the Nike Hoop Summit which will tip-off next Friday.

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Way Too Early Top 25’s Love Duke

Way too early top 25's love Duke! The Blue Devils are picked 2nd in each one behind Kansas. We link the four major ones below. 

One thing for certain we can all admit is that its way too early to ponder next season's pre season top 25.  Afterall, recruiting is still going on and some players have yet to decide whether they'll cast their lot to the NBA or European League.

Las Vegas has even issued early odds on the 2018-19 college basketball season.  They've already put a target on the Duke Blue Devils back making them a 5-1 favorite to win it all -- the best odds of any team.

Trust me when I say not too many fans like those early odds.  When I tweeted about it last night it was met with more disdain than joy.  And who is to say these fans are not right?  I mean, again, the dust has barely settled on this past season and Duke is hyped.

In the coming days we will be hearing about more players decisions on whether to stay or leave.  Even then, some players will test the waters while gaining information where they can pull out of the draft if they do not hire an agent.

We can expect that Wendell Carter will put his name in the draft sometime this week.  It is not like it is a secret he is going pro because he is a projected lottery pick and a high one at that.

Duke could also lose Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr.  And there is a chance Marques Bolden could test the waters for the experience without hiring an agent.  Some are already counting two of these players out be that good information or not.

Things will start to move fast now.  The players mentioned above will meet with the Duke staff.  Mike Krzyzewski will work his network of contacts to see what guys are saying with concern to his guys status.  There will also be some meeting with potential agents and a lot of weighing out the scenarios.

A lot goes into decisions and it is not always an easy one.  We discuss these kind of things on our message board for members. All of the aforementioned goes for other players around the country as well. That is why it is somewhat ridiculous to create early odds and top 25's.

But those way too early polls will change as there is player movement.  And there is always plenty of player movement via transfer, going pro or adding a key recruit.

There are 216 days to go before Duke takes on Kentucky in the Champions Classic which will take place on November the 6th.  That game is the opener and a grand one at that.

In the next several months there will be plenty of time to talk about the outstanding newcomers.  We will hear that the team is too young by some to reach the Final Four in Minneapolis.  Others will say they are too talented not to be there.

What I am getting at is Duke will always be the hunted and have a target on their back.  That is something the fan base has to understand and the pressure comes from long-term success.

So, it is the day after the national championship and Villanova has yet to be greeted in Philadelphia after their conquest.  But what else do Duke fans have to talk about other than next season?  And with that said, brace yourself for our list of links in the annual Way Too Early Top 25's.

CBS Sports Way Too Early Top 25 - Duke Ranked 2nd

ESPN Way Too Early Top 25 - Duke #2

The Sporting News Way Too Early Top 24 - Duke #2

Sports Illustrated Way Too Early Top 25 - Duke is picked 2nd

You can see a trend there in that the Blue Devils are currently projected as the second best team in the country.  And for what it is worth, Kansas, the team that beat Duke this past season is ranked at the top in all four projections.

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