The Duke Blue Devils basketball team will play three games in Canada from August the 15th through the 19th.
The first contest will be played at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario which is basically in Toronto. It is also the hometown for incoming Duke freshman wing R.J. Barrett.
Duke will later play Ryerson on Aug. 15 and the University of Toronto at on Aug. 17.
The team will then travel to Montreal where the Blue Devils face McGill on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. tip-off at Bell Place in Laval, Quebec.
Duke will have ten practices with the 2018-19 team. No ticket information or travel plans have been made available yet. There is also a chance the games may be carried over a network or streamed but that too, has yet to be determined.
One of the players who will play a vital role for the Duke Blue Devils next season is Javin DeLaurier. Firstly, he will be one of the most experienced players on the team and therefore will be counted on to teach newcomers the Duke way of doing things.
DeLaurier started in five games for the Blue Devils last season and he has played in 45 games in his previous two years at Duke. As a junior, DeLaurier will take on a key role in the front court where Duke is losing both Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr, to the NBA.
Duke will have just three big men or post players on next seasons roster in DeLaurier, Marques Bolden and Antonio Vrankovic. That is a stark departure from the riches they enjoyed a season ago.
Incoming freshman Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson will most certainly have their moments down low, but neither of them are considered a center type of player. While Duke plays what is known as a positionless team by head coach Mike Krzyzewski; DeLaurier will be asked to guard players bigger than him at times.
So far, DeLaurier has career highs in 30 minutes against Clemson, 13 points against South Dakota and 11 rebounds versus Elon during his two-year career. Just having some experience will lend as a valuable teacher to the younger players as they learn what the college game is about.
As a rising junior and an upperclassman, DeLaurier will establish yet another new role next season. Duke will be taking a trip to Canada in August and it will be interesting to see how they blend five newcomers in with a handful of experienced players who are expected to play.
One of the players who should play a key role in the rotation on this seasons team will no doubt be Javin DeLaurier.
The Key Factors for DeLaurier -
Play under control.
Cut down on turnovers.
Continue to work on being a solid rebound guy.
Work on becoming a better free throw shooter.
In closing, DeLaurier played 13 minutes per game a season ago, but knocked down just 22 of 42 free throw attempts. On the other hand, he was 54 of 81 from the field which is a solid 67% clip showing he can clean things up around the rim.
With his athleticism, DeLaurier is capable of playing a larger role this season. Much of that will depend on having chemistry with basically a new roster while demonstrating more consistent basketball habits.
Incoming freshman Zion Williamson and Joey Baker will join a bevy of Duke prospects in the tryout for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 event. On May 28th a five-day camp will begin in Colorado Springs and on the last day a group of finalists will be named to continue training for another five days.
Also included on the initial list of hopefuls are some key Duke prospects. Among those are Cole Anthony, Bryan Antoine, Will Baker, Matthew Hurt, Josiah James and Joseph Girard.
The Championship game will take place in St. Catharines, Canada from June 10th through the 16th.
It's no secret the the Duke Blue Devils have the nations best recruiting class coming in next season. It is not unusual to see plenty of hype when that happens. Sports Illustrated for Kids starts things off with their Zion Williamson cover for the month of May. The caption is Generation Z, "Zion Williamson leads the next wave of Superstars." I am far from a kid but may find myself grabbing a copy.
Excited to share the cover of our May issue, featuring @DukeMBB-bound dunker extraordinaire Zion Williamson. Pick up a copy to learn more about @ZionW32 and the next generation of sports stars. 📸 Simon Bruty pic.twitter.com/gL1rKAOh3x