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Duke Basketball Staff Hits the Recruiting Trail

Zion Williams and Tre Jones on a visit to Cameron.
Zion Williams and Tre Jones on a visit to Cameron.

The Duke Men's Basketball staff led by HOF coach Mike Krzyzewski will be out in force the rest of the month.  The reason is that this time of year are the most important days in recruiting.  The dead period ended today with concern to live views and that means planning and travel miles for weeks to come.

The Blue Devils staff will be in Spartanburg, South Carolina at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale  to watch the likes of sensational dunk artist Zion Williamson and others. Williamson is playing in his backyard to what will be standing room only crowds.  They will also take the 2.5 hour drive south for the Nike Peach Jam.

Marvin Bagley III
Marvin Bagley III

The Peach Jam will be especially loaded for the Blue Devils.  It all starts with the nations top prospect Marvin Bagley III, who is expected to visit Duke shortly after the event ends.  Bagley lists Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and USC as his finalist.

download (1)Duke has long been recruiting other stellar players as well including Cameron Reddish.  Coming off his duties with Team USA, Reddish and his teammates will need to win a play in game.  Reddish is a gifted, long prospect who is in the cross hairs of Duke and Kentucky,

Then there is the watch for a point guard where Duke is in the running for the two best.  Tre Jones is the brother of Tyus Jones and he exploded early on this season.  And then there is Darrius Garland who has been ranked at the top and had the Blue Devils interest for a good while.

And let us not forget RJ  Barrett who led Canada to a win over Team USA recently.  The versatile and talented prospect is expect to reclassify and he is a major Duke target.

There are many other Duke prospects which we discuss on our members message  board as well.  Duke will also be checking out the likes of 2019 prospects which include PG Cole Anthony, but the emphasis will be heavily on the 2018 young men where Duke has yet to land anyone in the class.

Duke will be facing major losses after the season and could go after as many as six players to fill the void.  Stay tuned for more as the week progresses and reports from both major events.

Duke Basketball Non Conference Schedule Released

unnamed (9)DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball program has finalized its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, featuring seven regular-season home games and a road date in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and trips to Chicago, New York and Portland.

Nine of the 17 known or potential opponents on the Blue Devils’ non-league slate made postseason appearances last season, including NCAA runner-up Gonzaga, Elite Eight participant Florida and Sweet 16 participant Butler.

As Duke has done for each of the last three seasons, it will open its 2017-18 schedule with home games on consecutive nights; the Blue Devils will play host to Elon on Nov. 10 and 2017 CBI semifinalist Utah Valley on Nov. 11. The season opener will mark the sixth consecutive year in which Duke has faced off with Elon.

The seventh edition of the State Farm Champions Classic is set for Nov. 14 at the United Center in Chicago and will pit the Blue Devils against Michigan State.

Duke owns an 11-2 lead in the series with MSU and has won the last six meetings between the programs, including a 78-69 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium last season as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. November’s Champions Classic matchup will be the seventh meeting between the programs since 2010, including two during the 2014-15 season.

The Blue Devils will host Southern on Nov. 17 before kicking off the PK80 with a home contest 2017 CIT semifinalist Furman on Nov. 20.

PK80 is a 16-team early-season men’s college basketball event honoring Nike co-founder and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight as he celebrates his 80th birthday. The two eight-team brackets will run simultaneously at the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore.

In the Motion Bracket, Duke will face Portland State in the first round on Nov. 23 and will meet either Butler or Texas on Nov. 24depending on first-round results. Florida, Gonzaga, Ohio State and Stanford are also in the Motion Bracket and Duke will face one of them on Nov. 26.

Following the PK80, the Blue Devils will venture to Bloomington, Ind., to meet Indiana at Assembly Hall. The date of the game is yet to be determined. Duke leads the all-time series with Indiana by a 5-3 count after its Big Ten/ACC Challenge defeat of the Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2015. IU qualified for the NIT a season ago.

The Blue Devils are 16-2 (.889) all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, marking both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in the event. Duke is 3-0 against Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, winning in Durham in 2006 and 2015, and capturing a victory in Bloomington in 2005.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski spent the 1974-75 season as a graduate assistant at IU under his former coach at Army, Bob Knight. That squad posted an 18-0 record in the Big Ten and a 31-1 overall mark.

The Blue Devils will host 2017 NIT participant South Dakota on Dec. 2 and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 5 before opening ACC play on the second weekend in December. Duke will return home to face Evansville on Dec. 20 in its final game before a break for the holidays.

Duke’s final non-conference tilt of the regular season won’t occur until February 3, 2018, when it takes on St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.

Duke has a 16-6 edge in the all-time series with St. John’s and has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the schools. Coach K owns a 29-10 (.744) record at The Garden as head coach at Duke.

St. John’s is led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Chris Mullin, who played for Coach K when Krzyzewski was an assistant coach with the “Dream Team” at the 1992 Olympics.

As previously announced, Duke’s ACC schedule will include home-and-homes with North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Duke will only host Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia, while only playing road games against Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and NC State.

Prior to the start of the regular season, Duke will host Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Oct. 20, as well as exhibition games against Northwest Missouri State on Oct. 27 and Bowie State on Nov. 4.

Duke Prospect Cameron Reddish Playing Well

Cameron Reddish
Cameron Reddish

Duke Basketball recruiting is getting serious this month as they chase down commitments from a talented class.  One of the players they have long coveted is Cameron Reddish.  The youthful forward has been playing exceptionally well with USA Basketball.  He scored 15 points during Tuesday’s 98-65 win over Italy.    He also grabbed 5 rebounds, had 2 steals and a blocked shot as USA Basketball is  now 2-0 and moving forward to the round of 16 which starts today.  Reddish commands attention when he is on the court and is at the top of the rankings in every service. You can see a replay of his last game below -

Duke to Face Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

1ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Duke men’s basketball program learned Monday that its Big Ten/ACC Challenge visit to Indiana has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 29. The 19th-annual event will be held from Nov. 27-30, the leagues announced in a joint release.

Game times and network assignments will be announced at a later date.

Duke leads the all-time series with Indiana by a 5-3 count after its Big Ten/ACC Challenge defeat of the Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2015.

The Blue Devils are 16-2 (.889) all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, marking both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in the event. Duke is 3-0 against Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, winning in Durham in 2006 and 2015, and capturing a victory in Bloomington in 2005.

Following last season’s defeat of Michigan State at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke is in the midst of a four-game Challenge winning streak.

Monday, Nov. 27

Maryland at Syracuse

Wisconsin at Virginia

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Northwestern at Georgia Tech

Louisville at Purdue

Florida State at Rutgers

Illinois at Wake Forest

Iowa at Virginia Tech

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Duke at Indiana

Miami at Minnesota

Boston College at Nebraska

Michigan at North Carolina

Penn State at NC State

Clemson at Ohio State

Thursday, Nov. 30

Notre Dame at Michigan State

Duke Offer Excites Cole Swider

Cole Swider offered by Duke
Cole Swider offered by Duke

When the dust cleared from this past weekends NBA Top 100 Camp, Cole Swider ended the event as the third leading scorer at 14.8 ppg. The dead-eye shooter from beyond the three point stripe was recently offered  by Duke and the Blue Devils likely lead for his services.

One long time analyst said Swider had an extra bounce in his step during the event.  It is up to conjecture whether a visit to his dream school which is Duke had anything to do with that.  But it is clear that the Blue Devils see a player who fits their system and one they want to coach.

It is also clear that Swider is  not only a solid prospect, but that he likes Duke and that he could very well commit early.  In fact, he officially visits Duke this week on June 23rd and 24th.  That is one day after the NBA Draft and starts this Friday.

You had an injury in your second game which sidelined you...

Yeah, I came down wrong in the first half and just turned my ankle, but it is better now.

How do you feel about your play thus far?

I have been playing pretty well, shooting the ball well, my teammates are helping.

How is the recruiting process going?

It's going well.  I recently visited Duke and it went really well.  The meeting with Coach K was awesome.  It was awesome that they offered,  That was my dream school growing up and to finally get the opportunity to see them and what they're all about was nice.  They said they'd been watching me and asked if they could get into my recruiting.  And I said it is a good thing you called because I was about to narrow it down to eight, but yeah, I can see it being a good fit, especially for me.

You have mentioned you may be making a decision sooner than most kids.  Why is that?

Recruiting is fun in the beginning, but towards the end everyone starts to want you and I don't want to waste any ones time, so...  I am going to figure out when my parents come up pretty soon what I will do and trim my list.

You said Duke was a dream school.  What was it you liked about them?

They were my dream school and I loved watching them play.   Jon Scheyer called me and we've been talking ever since.  He said he could see me being a Duke basketball player and talked to me about that.  Growing up, I use to look up to Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith... those are some of my favorites.  I remember watching when they won the national championship against Butler when I was in the 4th grade and it was awesome.

Describe your game in your own words.

I shoot the ball really well.  I crash the boards and I can attack the basketball too.  I will do whatever the coach needs me to do.  I guess some see me more as a wing but I will do whatever a coach asks me to do.

What are some of the things you are looking for in a school, a program and a coach?

I want to see if they have a plan for me coming in and hope to play right away.  And hopefully, they can help me get to the next level.

Who will play a role i n helping you decide where to go at the next level?

My high school coach and my parents.

What are you like off the court?

I think I am a pretty sociable guy with my friends.  I just love playing basketball and practice every day.

What about Michigan?

Everyone says I fit into their offense and they came in kind of late, but have been texted me a lot.  Everyone has pretty much contacted me about the same.

I know Xavier has been on you.

Their coaching staff texts me every single day and they have been there from the start.

Villanova?

Jay Wright wants me to come in and get buckets, so...I am really cool with Jay Wright, he's awesome.  They have done a good job recruiting me.

Will you be taking more visits?

Yeah.  I am  not sure yet as to where I want to visit.  Like I said, I will sit down with my parents.

You said, you would be deciding early.  What will that entail?

I don't have a timeline but have an idea of the schools recruiting me and what they are about.  I don't think I will take all my official visits. They spend a lot of money and if I know of four schools I want to consider or less I won't take all the visits.  I haven't seen Michigan, Miami and Indiana but the rest I have.

What are your impressions on visiting Duke?

Seeing  Coach K in real life was kind of crazy.  He didn't really differ from some of the things I imagined but it was cool, it was just Duke. Me and my parents had a chance to sit down with Coach K and talk to him a little bit.  I talked of the strength and conditioning and with some advisors.  Coach K came back and we watched some film together.  It was really cool.  Coach K said he wanted to offer me a scholarship and it was awesome.

David McCormack Talks Hoops, Visits Duke

mcDavid McCormack has had a busy spring.  The 6-9 post player is taking a break from Oak Hill Academy to attend camps which included the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville this past weekend.  He has also played with Adidas on their European tour just getting back before his latest event.

McCormack holds offers from Oklahoma State who recently hired his AAU coach.  He is also a target of Georgetown and N.C. State is making a run, among others.  The popular big man visited Duke this past Saturday with his mom where he had a successful visit in allowing him to see the facilities and speak with the staff.

The Oak Hill product is a priority target for Duke and the Blue Devils will certainly be a factor once he decides his destination.

You had a great start to the camp putting up balanced numbers.

Just sticking to my natural game, being a powerhouse, playing hard.

You recently had a chance to grow your game by playing overseas. How did that trip help you?

It was great.  I had a chance to go into Venice which was awesome.  I liked the relates, Italian ice cream is amazing.  The practices and my time their was very structured.  A lot of people said I played well at the event, but, ,me personally, I am never satisfied.

Definitely that I need to improve on playing against taller players.  we were playing against players who were 7-5 and he had a long wing span making it more difficult to get shots over him.

You are more of a traditional big man with your play.  How important is if for you that schools recruiting you have had success with true centers?

Very important in that the school needs to fit me.  I need to make sure the program and coach fits me with their playing style.  I am definitely looking at inside/out style of play and how they develop big men.

You had a good spring thus far.  What is the reason for that?

It is just a case of me getting better.  I have worked on my body and expanding my game beyond the paint.

Have you trimmed your list yet?

I haven't trimmed my list at all and are open to any school coming in. I have no timetable yet and will just visit some schools with my fam

You have lost some weight and worked on your body.  How has that come along?

I am down to 265.  In total, I think I have lost about 40 pounds from my heaviest.

Any visits planned?

After this camp is over I will be taking an unofficial visit to Duke. And I plan to visit N.C. State on Fathers Day.

Describe your game in your own words.

Big guy, traditional big, old school player who loves to play in the paint.  I work hard, tries to use his outside game, tries to have a mid range game, loud vocal and has a lot of energy.

What are your thoughts on the Duke program?

Definitely a great program with a great tradition, Coach K, Coach Capel, Coach James, their big man coach...it is all good with great coaches on the bench.  I talked to the whole staff evenly.  I talked to Coach Capel, James, Scheyer and even Nolan Smith at times.

Are other schools on you hard?

Talking to a lot of schools, non stop, my phone is blowing up.

You visited UVA...

I got to tour the facilities and build a relationship with the UVA staff and how they would use me. He would like to have an inside presence he has not had.

How did the Duke visit come about?

That was their request and moms request.  She wanted me to get on campus and see what it was about.  She does not like all the flash talk.  She wants to get down to business and have a sit down with Coach K and the rest of the staff.

Who are some of the people who will help you in making a collegiate choice?

As far as the decision goes, I have a small circle.  Me, my mother, aunt and pastor to make sure there is a great fit athletically, academically and spiritually.  As far as coaches, I want to build relationships and see their plans for development.

Are there players on the circuit you would like to play with in college?

I can play with anybody.  I am not selfish player.

You recently had a trip overseas where you could improve your game.  Tell me about that.