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Tre Jones Holds the Keys to Drive Duke Basketball

Tre Jones - Duke Photo, Duke University

There is no question who will run the point this coming basketball season for Duke.  Another Jones is in town and he's been working on his game and leading a new group of Blue Devils.

Tre Jones is following in his brothers footsteps and those are some big shoes to fill.  Tyus Jones simply led Duke to their last National Championship, earning the name "Stones." while nailing a key three point shot before his team's celebration.

Let me go ahead and tell you, when you have a Jones running a team, good things are bound to happen.  Unlike his brother, Tre Jones is probably more athletic and stronger coming in.  He had the luxury of watching his brother while at Duke, not to mention gaining experience from him as a tutor.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tre was more prepared than Tyus  coming in during his press conference at the Emily K Center.  And that comment  should excite Duke fans.

"Not to put any pressure on him I would agree with Coach," said Tyus Jones during the Coach K Academy.  He continued, "He is definitely ahead of where I was and he just has to continue to advance."

Tre Jones has clearly been given the keys to dirve the team this season.  Here is the interview with Tre Jones -

So,what is it like to be on the Duke campus?

It's been amazing so far.  Just being around here and other guys that have been through here already is a lot of fun.

Coach K was talking about your game earlier today at the Emily K Center.  He said you were very advanced and when you passed the ball it was to places that would score.  Talk a little bit about that and your brother Tyus.

Right.  Yeah, just growing up and watching him, that's something he always did extremely well.  For myself, I just try to watch a lot of basketball year round and some of the top players in the world.  So, that is just something I take from other people's game.

He also said you were more advance than Tyus coming in ...

Right.  It is probably just from watching him so much and learning everything he went through before.  So, there are some things I will get a jump on.  He has been a big influence on my game.

How does your mom (Debbie) feel about being able to come back and watch Duke games again?  She is probably getting use to campus.

She is.  She is just extremely blessed.  And that is something she says all the time how blessed she is.  So, that's definitely how she is feeling.

What are the coaches telling you to work on and or how to have interchanges with the players?

I am just working on all aspects of my game to be able to come in here and have an impact right away.  I know that in order for that to happen I just have to work on everything.

On the upcoming trip to Canada ...

It should be a lot of fun to take the trip even before the school year gets started.  I think it will be a big chance for bonding as well; not just on the floor but off it as well.  Just being away from family and away from friends and being around each other will be a good experience.

Have you been talking with the other freshman a lot and if so what do you talk about?

Right.  We talk daily and it has just been great so far.  We all want to win and that is out main objective just to win.  We have a great friendship coming in and we just want to work right away.

On playing where Tyus did and a possible shadow ...

People say I follow in his footsteps but I mean this has always been my dream school to come here and play for Coach K.  It was the best fit for me, myself.  So just choosing to come here was one of the best chances to win a championship and that is one of my main goals at Duke.

Closing comment - Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that the ball does not stick in Tre Jones hands.  What that means is that he believes in ball movement be it advancing the ball or immediately hitting open scorers.  Tre likes to drive to the hoop more than his brother Tyus but he will face a lot of zone at Duke with athletic cutters on his team.  He will need to learn how to bust zones from the outside as well.  All in all, Duke has a true point guard who does not let emotion dictate his play.  Like his brother Tyus, he plays the game in a cool manner and under control.

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Updated – Duke Will Play Indiana in ACC/Big 10 Challenge

Coach K during the Duke win over Iona

Sources are claiming that Duke Basketball will host Indiana in Cameron Indoor Stadium this season in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.  This article has been updated with the official release.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke welcomes Indiana to Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of the 20th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, ESPN announced Friday. The game is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27with time and network designation to be announced at a later date.

The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with the Hoosiers by a 6-3 margin after a 91-81 win at Assembly Hall in last season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Duke is 17-2 (.895) all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, marking both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in the event. The ACC leads the Challenge 12-5-2.

Next year’s meeting marks the third between Duke and IU since 2015 in the Challenge. The Blue Devils are 4-0 against Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, winning in Durham in 2006 and 2015, and capturing victories in Bloomington in 2005 and 2017.

Duke is in the midst of a five-game Challenge winning streak.

Monday, November 26

Minnesota at Boston College

Nebraska at No. 20 Clemson

Tuesday, November 27

Indiana at No. 2 Duke

No. 9 Michigan State at Louisville

NC State at Wisconsin

Illinois at Notre Dame

Pitt at Iowa

No. 14 Virginia Tech at Penn State

Wednesday, November 28

No. 25 Purdue at No. 18 Florida State

Georgia Tech at Northwestern

Rutgers at Miami (Fla.)

No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Michigan

No. 16 Syracuse at Ohio State

No. 7 Virginia at Maryland

Marques Bolden Talks Duke Basketball

Marques Bolden

Duke may well benefit from Marques Bolden's decision to remain on campus since the school break.  The rising junior center is expected to play a key role on this seasons team.  Instead of going home, Bolden has been working with coaches to get in the best shape possible while recovering from minor surgery on his nose.  Blue Devil Nation caught up to the Texan big man yesterday for an interview.  Here is what he had to say -

Coach K said earlier today that you remained on campus and would be working a lot with the staff.  Can you elaborate on that?

Yeah, that's the plan.  I had this surgery done after school and wanted to get it back right whole getting my body in the best shape it can be.

What was the procedure?

I had a deviated septum, so it was just a little small procedure.  So now I am working out and taking summer classes and like I said trying to get in shape that I can.

Has it made a difference -- the way you are able to breathe when working out?

Yeah, there's a difference.  I kid of got used to it at first but now that I've had the procedure I can feel a big difference in my breathing.

A lot is expected of you this season.  It looks like you have a golden opportunity to be the man in the middle starting.  Talk about that a little bit.

I am looking forward to it.  It's just something you work for; to be able to do things like that.  So, I am just thankful for the opportunity.  We've got a great group of freshman coming in, along with the returning guys that played, so I am looking forward to the year.

You were not able to take a trip with the team last season when Coach K  had a procedure.  Do you feel the upcoming trip to Canada will be beneficial?

Yeah I feel like it's going to be real beneficial.  Like you said, we were not able to take the trip last year so we don't know all the benefits.  Instead of battling each other until the season starts we can play against competition and that will be good for us.

Coach K said he hadn't named captains yet, but is that something you think about a little bit being an upperclassmen? 

Yeah, I mean I have obviously played on two great teams that had great captains so I have learned from them.  And that is something if he were to give me that type of title, I would embrace it.

On some saying he has yet to live up to the hype he had coming out of HS -

Yeah, I feel like it's a personal thing.  I really don't have much to prove to anybody other than myself and this coaching staff.  So I am just working this summer and looking forward  to this year.

It seems like you are just trusting the process, letting things work out in their own time.  Would that be true?

Yeah, I mean I know the type of work I put in and I am confident in myself and the people around.  I think we're going to have a great year.

The pre season prognosticators will probably say Duke has two players in the post who will play a lot.  You're will likely play a lot of minutes.  Will that put any pressure on you?

Naw.  I feel like that would be a lot to think about.  You just focus on being the best player that we can for this upcoming team.  I really don't feel like we have to worry all the other little things.  We've just got to focus on ourselves.

What is the one area that you feel like you need to improve the most on next season?

We are going to be more versatile.  We've got a different group of guys compared to last season.   We've  got guys who can play different positions.  Really, just being comfortable at each spot on the floor.

When I covered you school, you floated out a lot for some shots.  Do you think that will be a part of your game this season?

Yeah.  That is something I put a lot of effort into and I definitely feel like I can do that.

What has it been like to practice against players like Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley while at Duke?

It's been a huge help.  You come here to get coached by the best and play against the best.

 

More on Duke Basketball Canadian Trip

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke mens basketball program has finalized plans for a week-long trip to Canada in August, head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Tuesday. The Blue Devils will play three times on the Duke Canada Tour, with coverage of all three games on ESPNs family of networks in the United States and TSN in Canada.

Duke is set for a pair of contests at Hershey Centre in Toronto against Ryerson University on August 15 at 7 p.m. ET and the University of Toronto at 6 p.m. ET on August 17. The tour concludes in Montreal against McGill University at Place Bell on August 19 at 3 p.m. ET.

The Blue Devils will depart Durham on Monday, August 13 and return August 20. The NCAA allows its institutions one foreign tour every four years, and this Canadian trip replaces one to the Dominican Republic that was cancelled last summer due to Coach Ks knee replacement surgery.

We are excited about the opportunity to be tested against three quality basketball programs in Canada this summer, said Krzyzewski. More than a third of our roster includes players competing for the first time as collegians. The practices and games associated with the tour will allow us to bond as a team, while providing us with a terrific educational opportunity to see another country and two amazing cities Toronto and Montreal. It should be especially fun for one of our newcomers, R.J. Barrett, who will be home.

Esteemed Canadian R.J. Barrett leads Dukes 2018-19 freshman class, which is regarded as one of the best in college basketball history. In addition to the top-ranked Barrett, the class also includes Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones, who are ranked Nos. 2, 3 and 10 respectively, on the ESPN 100 Class of 2018 behind Barrett.

Barrett enters his freshman year at Duke with more high school accolades than any other Canadian in history. Barrett won the Gatorade Player of the Year and Naismith Player of the Year en route to an undefeated season and a national championship at Montverde Academy in Florida. Barrett also led Canada to its first gold medal at an international FIBA competition at the U19 Basketball World Cup in 2017.

This past April, Barrett helped guide the World Selects to a Nike Hoops Summit title Portland. That team was coached by Ryerson head coach Roy Rana.

Its going to be amazing to take part in this tour, said Barrett. Not only will I be putting on the Duke jersey for the first time, but I will be doing it in my home country in front of friends and family. It will be a good way to start our year, and bond with each other as teammates.

The games will be played at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario and Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. The 5,395-seat Hershey Centre is home to the Toronto Raptors G League affiliate, Raptors 905. Place Bell is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose venue, which houses the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, Laval Rocket (Rocket de Laval).

SCHEDULE

August 15, 2018, 7 p.m. ET vs. Ryerson University Hershey Centre

August 17, 2018, 6 p.m. ET vs. University of Toronto Hershey Centre

August 19, 2018, 3 p.m. ET vs. McGill University Place Bell

TICKETS

Tickets will go on sale in early June. Please visit: www.DukeCanadaTour.com for more information. Fans can choose from a number of different options. Hospitality packages are also available, including marketing assets, executive boxes and courtside suites.

ABOUT DUKE MENS BASKETBALL

With five NCAA Championships, 16 Final Four appearances and 20 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, Duke University is home to one of the nations most successful mens college basketball programs. Under the direction of the sports winningest all-time coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski for nearly four decades, the Blue Devils dynasty is one that few programs can match. Duke has produced 12 National Players of the Year, 68 All-Americans and more than 70 NBA stars, while Krzyzewski has been National Coach of the Year nine times. In addition to his success at the college level, Coach K has elevated the Duke Basketball brand globally by winning six gold medals as the head coach of the U.S. Mens National Team, including three in the Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

ABOUT DUKE CANADA TOUR

The Duke Canada Tour is a three-game exhibition series between the Duke mens basketball team and Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and McGill University. The tour will take place in Toronto and Montreal, Canada from August 13-19, 2018. This will be the first time that the Blue Devils historic freshman class, led by Canadian R.J. Barrett, will suit up together.

Duke Target Isaiah Stewart Shares the Latest

Isaiah Stewart is one of the main Duke targets in his class.

We have posted the interview with big time Duke target Isaiah Stewart on the premium message board for Blue Devil Nation members.

He has some nice things to say about Coach K and Duke and is a very impressive young man on and off the court.  We will also have a long scouting report on his game to follow.

Also on tap are chats with Cole Anthony, Kofi Cockburn, Wendell Moore and Vernon Carey as well and an overall EYBL recap and info from what is coming the rest of the recruiting season.

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