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Thornton to Transfer from Duke

00892888-a59d-46de-89f5-13a912f6651cDURHAM, N.C. – Freshman guard Derryck Thornton will transfer out of Duke University, school officials announced Sunday. Thornton will depart Duke in good academic standing and is expected to transfer to another Division I institution.

“We wish Derryck the best and appreciate his contributions to our team this season,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We support his decision and want only what is best for him in the future.”

A native of Chatsworth, Calif., Thornton averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists in 36 games for Duke during the 2015-16 season.

“I have loved my time at Duke, but I want to pursue the opportunity to play college basketball closer to home,” Thornton said. “I want to thank my teammates and coaches for their support this year. The relationships I have with them will always be special to me.”

Duke finished the season with a 25-11 record, including an 11-7 mark in the ACC. The Blue Devils made their 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 25th time in program history.

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Grayson Allen Returns

638951ec-af85-4a25-a182-83e09f143959DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore All-American Grayson Allen will return to Duke University for his junior season in 2016-17, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Wednesday.

 

In 71 games in a Duke uniform, Allen has averaged 13.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from outside the arc and 83.9 percent from the free throw line. He will enter the 2016-17 campaign just 68 points shy of becoming the 65th 1,000-point scorer in program history.

 

“I talked with my parents and prayed about this decision, and I had the feeling that it was right,” Allen said. “I love Duke and I’ve made relationships with my teammates that will last forever. Coming back next season to play with them is important to me. Earning a Duke degree has always been a dream of mine, so I’ll also be working to get closer to that goal.”

 

Named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News, a third-team honoree by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and a John R. Wooden Award All-American following his stellar sophomore season, Allen is one of 31 Duke players to earn All-America honors under Krzyzewski’s tutelage.

 

A psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., Allen was also honored as a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American during the 2015-16 campaign.

 

He is the sixth Duke student-athlete to earn on-court All-America honors and Academic All-America recognition in the same season, joining Mike Gminski (1978, 1979, 1980), Jim Spanarkel (1978, 1979), Shane Battier (2000, 2001), Mike Dunleavy (2002) and Mason Plumlee (2013) in that exclusive group.

 

“We are thrilled that Grayson will be back with us next season,” said Krzyzewski. “Following the season, he put a lot of thought into an important decision that will impact the rest of his life. In the end, he chose to remain at Duke, where he will pursue an undergraduate degree and develop even more as a man and basketball player. Grayson’s passion and commitment to our school and his teammates have been very apparent in our discussions with him.

 

“On the court, Grayson is a warrior, as I’ve said many times,” Krzyzewski continued. “He has untapped potential, both on and off the basketball court. I have loved coaching Grayson and I’m going to love coaching him next season.”

 

Allen led Duke and ranked fifth among major-conference players in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game. His +17.2-point scoring improvement from a year ago set a new ACC record for year-to-year scoring increase. He scored in double figures 34 times in 36 games this season, including 19 20-point efforts and four games with more than 30 points.

 

He finished the season on a streak of 25 consecutive games with double-figure points and was not held to fewer than 15 points in 18 regular-season ACC games this season. Allen’s 779 points in 2015-16 were good for seventh place on Duke’s single-season scoring chart, and his scoring average of 21.6 was the 15th-best in a single season in program history.

 

With 779 points, Allen turned in the second-highest scoring season by a sophomore in Duke history, trailing only the 841 that Jason Williams scored as a sophomore in 2001.

 

Allen shot 46.6 percent from the floor, a team-high 41.7 percent from three-point range and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. He averaged 4.6 rebounds to go along with team highs of 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He averaged 36.6 minutes per game in 2015-16, playing 1,317 minutes to rank 10th on Duke’s single-season chart.

 

He ranked second in the ACC in scoring, third in minutes played, fourth in three-point percentage and three-pointers per game (2.50), fifth in free throw percentage, eighth in steals (1.31) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.76).

 

Allen was just the ninth Duke player to lead the Blue Devils in both scoring and assists in the same season, as well as just the seventh Duke player to average better than 20 points per game and hand out 100 assists in a season. He averaged 7.0 free throw attempts per game on the season, and his 211 made free throws on the campaign tied for the sixth-most in a single season in Duke history.

 

Allen was named a first-team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on March 6, giving Duke a first-team all-league member for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons. The following day, he secured first-team All-ACC and Co-Most Improved Player honors from the league’s coaches.

 

Allen was named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the National Player of the Year by the USBWA, as well as the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He was recognized as an All-District III performer by the USBWA and an All-District 2 honoree by the NABC.

 

One of the breakout performers of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Allen helped lead Duke to its fifth NCAA championship with an average of 12.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting in two Final Four games. He was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team after scoring 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the national championship game against Wisconsin, sparking a Duke rally from a nine-point deficit to its second national title of the decade.

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Ingram to Enter NBA Draft

357DURHAM, N.C. – Following an All-America freshman season in which he established himself as a finalist for multiple national awards, Duke’s Brandon Ingram will enter the 2016 NBA Draft. Ingram announced his intentions on Monday morning in a piece published on The Players’ Tribune.

Ingram is the ninth Duke freshman to declare for the NBA Draft, joining Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Tyus Jones (2015), Jahlil Okafor (2015) and Justise Winslow (2015). Each of the previous eight was a first-round draft pick, including seven lottery picks.

Five Duke freshmen (Irving, Rivers, Parker, Okafor and Winslow) have been top-10 picks since 2011, giving Duke the second-most top-10 picks nationally in the last five years.

“Brandon Ingram was a special player at Duke this year, and his best basketball is still ahead of him,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He is a no-maintenance player who loves the game, has a strong desire to get better and competes every time he steps on the floor. Brandon is also a creative and thoughtful young man who comes from a beautiful family. We’re proud that he’ll always be a member of the Duke basketball family as he pursues an exciting future in professional basketball. I have absolutely loved coaching Brandon.”

In addition to earning honorable mention All-America accolades from the AP, Ingram was also recently named the third USBWA Freshman All-American in Duke history, alongside Parker (2014) and Okafor (2015).

A second-team All-ACC selection and the 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year, Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game this season. He shot 44.2 percent from the floor and 41.0 percent from three-point territory.

The Kinston, N.C., native was just the fourth freshman to average at least 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game under Krzyzewski, alongside Deng (2004), Okafor (2015) and Parker (2014).

His average of 17.3 points per game this season was the third-highest among major-conference freshmen in 2015-16, trailing only Jamal Murray of Kentucky (20.1) and Ben Simmons of LSU (19.2). He led ACC freshmen in scoring (17.3), rebounds (6.8), three-point field goal percentage (.410) and double-doubles (8), while also ranking second among conference freshmen in blocks (1.4).

With 624 points, Ingram finished the season as the third-highest-scoring freshman in Duke history, while his scoring average of 17.3 per game also tied for third-best by a Duke freshman.

Ingram’s eight double-doubles on the season were the fifth-most by a freshman in Duke history, and his 14 20-point games tied for the second-most ever by a Duke rookie. He had three 20/10 games on the season, and was the lone ACC freshman to record one.

One of the nation’s most versatile players, Ingram was the first freshman and only the second player – along with Shane Battier – in Duke history to make at least 80 three-pointers (80) and block at least 40 shots (49) in the same season. His 80 three-pointers on the season were the second-most by a freshman in Duke history, while his 49 blocks ranked fifth on Duke’s freshman chart.

Ingram’s 1,246 minutes played this season ranked third on Duke’s freshman chart, while his average of 34.6 minutes per game ranked fourth and was the highest by a Duke freshman since Tommy Amaker in 1984 (36.3).

Ingram was named one of five finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. He was named to the USBWA All-District III and NABC All-District 2 teams, and was one of five finalists for the USBWA’s Wayman Tisdale Award, given annually to the National Freshman of the Year.

Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last five years. Krzyzewski has mentored 31 first-round picks, including 20 lottery selections – both of which are the most among active coaches. The 2016 NBA Draft will be held on June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

 

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Coach K Recovering from Surgery

54DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University and United States National Team head coach Mike Krzyzewski underwent successful total knee replacement surgery this morning at Duke University Hospital.

The surgery was performed by Michael P. Bolognesi, M.D., joint replacement orthopaedic surgeon at Duke University Medical Center.

“The technical aspects of the case went as we had hoped, and Coach Krzyzewski is doing well,” Dr. Bolognesi said. “We will try to get him up walking today, as we will let him put as much weight as he tolerates on the implant right away.”

Krzyzewski could be released from the hospital within three days and will begin a rehabilitation program at Duke.

Krzyzewski has won a Division I men’s basketball record 1,043 games in 41 seasons as a college head coach, owning a 1,043-320 overall record and a 970-262 mark in 36 seasons at Duke. He has led Duke to five NCAA championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015), the second-most national titles by a coach in NCAA history.

Krzyzewski has guided the United States National Team to a 75-1 record, including an active 63-game winning streak, and six total medals (five gold) since assuming the position of head coach in 2006. He is a seven-time USA Basketball National Coach of the Year and will lead the team into a third Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro.

Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

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More All American Honors for Allen

f8820232-f51e-4fcb-984e-420efb9fcfcdKANSAS CITY – Duke sophomore Grayson Allen added to his haul of postseason honors on Monday when he was one of 15 Division I men’s basketball players named to the 2016 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America teams. Allen was named a third-team All-American by the NABC.

Previously named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News, Allen is the 30th Duke player to earn All-America honors under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Those players have combined to be recognized as All-America selections 44 times since 1981. Krzyzewski has coached at least one All-American in 28 of his 36 seasons at Duke.

Duke has had at least one All-American in each of the last nine seasons, dating to 2008. Allen is Duke’s ninth All-American this decade.

Allen led Duke and currently ranks fifth among major-conference players in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game. His +17.2-point scoring improvement from a year ago set a new ACC record for year-to-year scoring increase. He scored in double figures 34 times in 36 games this season, including 19 20-point efforts and four games with more than 30 points.

He finished the season on a streak of 25 consecutive games with double-figure points and was not held to fewer than 15 points in 18 regular-season ACC games this season. Allen’s 779 points in 2015-16 were good for seventh place on Duke’s single-season scoring chart, and his scoring average of 21.6 was the 15th-best in a single season in program history.

With 779 points, Allen turned in the second-highest scoring season by a sophomore in Duke history, trailing only the 841 that Jason Williams scored as a sophomore in 2001.

Allen shot 46.6 percent from the floor, a team-high 41.7 percent from three-point range and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. He averaged 4.6 rebounds to go along with team highs of 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. Allen averaged 36.6 minutes per game this season, playing 1,317 minutes to rank 10th on Duke’s single-season chart.

He currently ranks second in the ACC in scoring (21.6), third in minutes played (36.6), fourth in three-point percentage (.417) and three-pointers per game (2.50), fifth in free throw percentage (.837), eighth in steals (1.31) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.76).

Allen is just the ninth Duke player to lead the Blue Devils in both scoring and assists in the same season, as well as just the seventh Duke player to average better than 20 points per game and hand out 100 assists in a season.

Allen averaged 7.0 free throw attempts per game on the season, and his 211 made free throws on the campaign are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in Duke history.

A psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., Allen was honored as a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American on March 3. He was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second consecutive season.

He is the sixth Duke student-athlete to earn on-court All-America honors and Academic All-America recognition in the same season. He joins Mike Gminski (1978, 1979, 1980), Jim Spanarkel (1978, 1979), Shane Battier (2000, 2001), Mike Dunleavy (2002) and Mason Plumlee (2013) in that exclusive group.

Allen was named a first-team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on March 6, giving Duke a first-team all-league member for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons. The following day, he secured first-team All-ACC and Co-Most Improved Player honors from the league’s coaches.

Allen has also been named a finalist for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the National Player of the Year by the USBWA, as well as the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He was recognized as an All-District III performer by the USBWA and an All-District 2 honoree by the NABC.

2016 NABC All-America Teams

First Team

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Brice Johnson, North Carolina

Ben Simmons, LSU

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

 

Second Team

Kris Dunn, Providence

Perry Ellis, Kansas

Georges Niang, Iowa State

Jakob Poeltl, Utah

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

 

Third Team

Grayson Allen, Duke

Kay Felder, Oakland

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Josh Hart, Villanova

Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa

Brandon Ingram (14) of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the Oregon Ducks during the West Regional Semifinal of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Honda Center on March 24, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. (Lance King/WRAL contributor)

Ingram, Allen Talk Duke Loss

Brandon Ingram (14) of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the Oregon Ducks during the West Regional Semifinal of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Honda Center on March 24, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. (Lance King/WRAL contributor)
Brandon Ingram (14) of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the Oregon Ducks during the West Regional Semifinal of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Honda Center on March 24, 2016 in Anaheim, CA. (Lance King/Blue Devil Nation

Brandon Ingram and Grayson Allen address media after the Duke loss to Oregon.

Q. I'd like to ask Brandon this and if Grayson can chime in afterwards: How pivotal was Jordan Bell's performance for Oregon and what were the biggest problems that he was posing for your team?
BRANDON INGRAM: Of course he's a great player. He challenged us at the rim. When we attacked, he blocked shots well and he just got after it. He brought energy to their team, and we didn't attack strong and it showed up on the boards.

GRAYSON ALLEN: He's a very strong and athletic player. He was going after everything, attacking the basket. He was going up to block everything, and shots that he didn't block he was altering. So he was an X factor for their team.

Q. Grayson, a lot of what you guys try to do is predicated on the drive-and-kick. It looked like they bottled you up specifically on that. Can you talk about their defense collapsing and shutting that part of your game down.
GRAYSON ALLEN: I mean, they're an athletic team and that plays into their defense. So I mean, they did a good job defensively. I thought we also missed some shots around the rim. Could have gone up stronger to finish, but also credit to them for being there and going up to challenge us.

Q. Brandon, what surprised you most about Oregon tonight?
BRANDON INGRAM: I don't think anything would surprise us. I guess, we knew that they were athletic. We knew they rebound the ball, and we knew they spread out the floor and try to drive and kick and attack the basket. So that's something that kept us on our heels and they played well tonight.

Q. Many NBA scouts have you going in the top two picks of this year's NBA Draft. If this is your last collegiate game, what will you remember most about playing at Duke?
BRANDON INGRAM: Well, I'm not really worried about that right now. I'm worried about finishing school and just being with my guys. I love this team, and I'd do anything for this team.

It was amazing my freshman year to play with this competitive guy right here and being with the greatest coach and be with a bunch of competitive tough guys. So I'm just being with my guys right now. I love all of these guys.