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Grayson Allen has been named 1st Team All American by the A.P.

Grayson Allen Named 1st Team All American

Grayson Allen has been named 1st Team All American by the A.P.
Grayson Allen has been named 1st Team All American by the A.P.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior Grayson Allen was one of five players from across the nation named to the Preseason Associated Press All-America team Wednesday.

Allen was the top vote-getter on the squad, garnering 61 votes from the 65-member panel.

A third-team AP All-American a season ago, Allen led Duke with averages of 21.6 points and 3.5 assists per game in 2015-16. He is the lone major-conference player returning in 2016-17 who averaged at least 20 points per game and dished out at least 100 assists last season.

Allen pulled an All-American double as a sophomore, earning a variety of second and third-team honors for his play on the court while also collecting second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. His +17.2-point scoring increase from his freshman to his sophomore seasons (4.4 to 21.6) was an ACC record.

He is the only member of the AP’s three All-America teams from 2015-16 to return to the college game this season. Allen’s teammates also voted him a team captain, alongside Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones, for the 2016-17 campaign.

At ACC Operation Basketball in late October, Allen was named Preseason ACC Player of the Year and a member of the league’s Preseason ACC first team. He has also been named to the watch list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, an accolade for which he was one of five national finalists as a sophomore.

The Jacksonville, Fla., native has played in 71 career games for Duke, making 35 starts, with averages of 13.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. For his career, Allen is shooting .459 from the floor, .403 from outside the arc and .839 from the free throw line.

He enters his junior season needing just 68 points to become Duke’s 65th 1,000-point scorer.

Duke will host Augustana on Friday in the second of its two exhibition games. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Ryan Craig and Chris Spatola will have the call for ACC Network Extra and the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network will have the radio broadcast.

2016-17 Preseason AP All-America Team

Grayson Allen, Duke

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Josh Hart, Villanova

Monte Morris, Iowa State

Ivan Rabb, California


Duke Set to Take On Augustana

Duke takes on Augustana in their second exhibition game of the season.
Duke takes on Augustana in their second exhibition game of the season.

The top rated Duke Blue Devils will take to Coach K Court in Cameron Indoor Stadium this Friday to take on Augustana.  This will be the last of two exhibition games for the Blue Devils before the start of the regular season on November the 11th against Marist.

Duke, under Mike Krzyzewski, has established a tradition of taking on the defending Division II National Champions.  Augustana is ranked 18th in the country according to  the NCAA Division II Top 25 poll which came out this past week.  . Augustana has also been picked 2nd in the NSIC Pre Season Coaches Poll garnering two first place votes.

The Vikings hail from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and they've been playing basketball for 94 years going into this season.   Augustana has posted an impressive 65-5 record while winning back-to-back NSIC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.

It's worth noting that the Vikings beat Iowa on the road a season ago in their only exhibition game before tearing through their conference with a 21-1 mark.

Their teams offense will likely start with Mike Busack, a forward who averaged 14 ppg  and is a graduate transfer from Minnesota State.  Other likely starters in an expected three guard lineup are Jordan Spencer, who averages 6.5 APG over his career,  Adam Beyer, John Warren and Jack Huisken.

Beyer is a good shooter and a player Duke will need to find on the defensive end.  The Vikings are known as a scrappy bunch as well chasing down rebounds, so it'll be important to put a body on them. The Vikings out-rebounded their opponents in 31 of 36 games a season ago.

Despite the fact that Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum will sit out the game, Duke will have a decided talent advantage.  Grayson Allen, voted the ACC Pre Season Player of the Year, leads a veteran Duke cast.  That group includes seniors Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson along with sophomore Luke Kennard.

This group is joined by some key newcomers. In the Blue Devils win over Virginia State, the ream was helped by the play of talented freshman Marques Bolden, who tallied a double-double.  The presence of Bolden is allowing Duke to do some new things defensively this season.

Another freshman who is showing off a nice skill set is Frank Jackson.  His play will be important against a team that is perimeter oriented on offense, yet likes to run back door cuts.

What we can expect is for Krzyzewski and his staff to  go deep into their bench while testing out certain combinations.  The likely starters in this game will be Allen, Bolden, Kennard, Jefferson and Jones.  That would make Jackson the first man off the bench as he was in the last game.

Duke will also play high energy guy Javin DeLaurier and Chase Jeter, not tot mention Jack White.  Duke will once again look to get out on the break where they outscored Virgina State 12-0 a week ago.  It is worth noting that Duke scored 24 points off turnovers as well in their win.

This game will be carried by ACC Network Extra which is an ESPN application.  This season marks the 112th year of Duke Basketball and Mike Krzyzewski is the all time NCAA wins leader sporting a 1043-321 record in his 42nd season.

Kryzewski owns a 970-262 record at Duke where he is coaching in his 37th season.  He stands 30 wins shy of 1000 wins while in Durham.  Duke starts the season out as the consensus number one pick in both the A.P. and Coaches poll.  The Blue Devils have also been tabbed as the pre season favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference by the sportswriters.

Kennard led Duke with 30 points this past Friday night.

Duke Basketball-The Week in Review

Kennard led Duke with 30 points this past Friday night.
Kennard led Duke with 30 points this past Friday night.

It's time for a look back at the past week before Duke takes on Augustana this Friday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The word is in on Jayson Tatum

Well, the number one thing we heard last week was tha Jayson Tatum suffered only a foot sprain in practice.  For what it is worth despite wearing a walking boot in Friday evenings exhibition game, he was moving around just fine.  You can expect Duke to bring him along slowly but he will back sooner rather than later.

Giles, Tatum and Obi donned street clothes for Duke.
Giles, Tatum and Obi donned street clothes for Duke.

Injury plagued Blue Devils win

The Duke Blue Devils faced off against Virginia State and came away with a 90-59 win.  Matt Jones played all of three minutes before going out with a hamstring injury.  He is expected to be back for the final exhibition game versus Augustana this coming Friday.   Grayson Allen was also limited to just 22 minutes and made a trip to the locker room after a fall, but he is good to go now.

Luke Kennard Keyes the Win

With four Blue Devils sidelined with injuries, Luke Kennard took the leadership role in just his second season at Duke.  Kennard played some at the point guard spit  knocking down a game high 30 points to go with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and 2 steals.  His play earned Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski's praise in the post game press conference.  Krzyzewski told Blue Devil Nation that he expected his prized sophomore to step up in the situation and that he did so with flying colors.

dsc_0751A Double-Double for Marques Bolden

Exhibition game or not, a double-double is impressive your first rime out in a Duke uniform.  Marques Bolden played a cool and steady game on his way to 13 points and 11 rebounds.  More impressive to myself from the sidelines were his 5 blocked shots where he is allowing Duke to do some different things defensively this season.  Bolden is obviously going to continue to be a force in the paint for Duke all season.  It's should be no secret that he said with certainty in the post game locker room that he wisely chose to play for Duke.

Other Freshman, Solid Too

After a slow start, Frank Jackson settled in and had nice effort. Jackson had 17 points and 4 assists on Friday evening.  The play of the game went to Javin DeLaurier who blocked a shot, gained control of the ball, only to dribble the length of the court and throw down a monster slam dunk.  Krzyzewski praised both players after the game and said that DeLauriers play added some needed energy.

A Key Coach K Comment

If one is to listen closely to Mike Krzyzewski in his press conferences, they would realize he let's you in on some things. Grayson Allen may actually have been pushing too hard in the season first Blue-White and exhibition games per Krzyzewski.  What he said makes sense in that he wants to slow Allen down a bit.  By doing so, expect a different Allen come the Augustana game and as the seasons moves forward.

Duke Honors

I voted for Grayson Allen and ACC Player of the Year as did fellow media members.  Allen also made the first team, while Jayson Tatum finished runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting and was placed on 2nd All ACC team.  Duke was picked by the media to win the league.  The Blue Devils were also picked number one in the nation by the A.P. this past week as well.

Prospects in the house.
Prospects in the house.

Duke Entertains Two Big Time Prospects

As you may have read in our latest recruiting update for members, Duke has entertained a ton of key prospects of late. This past Friday, Kevin Knox visited Durham where he was called over by the Cameron Crazies to sit with them.  Duke offered Knox long ago and it is no secret that he will pick his collegiate choice in the Spring. The Blue Devils also entertained big time 2018  PG prospect Darius Garland who sat with Knox behind the Duke bench and near the staff.  Duke would later offer him a scholarship.


Duke Picked to Win ACC, Allen POY

dsc_0307-001CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Duke will enter the 2016-17 season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, according to a vote of media in conjunction with the league’s annual “Operation Basketball.”
The Blue Devils, who return junior All-America guard Grayson Allen and senior starting guard Matt Jones from last year’s team that finished 25-11 and earned the program’s 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, received 85 of 91 first-place votes in the preseason poll released Wednesday.
Duke also welcomes back 6-foot-9 graduate forward Amile Jefferson following an injury that sidelined him for most of last season, and sophomore Luke Kennard, who was a key contributor in his first year. The Blue Devils’ freshman class includes promising frontcourt players Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles.
Defending ACC champion North Carolina (six first-place votes) finished second in the voting, followed by Virginia, Louisville and Syracuse. Each of those teams has joined Duke in virtually every preseason Top 25 national ranking.
ACC preseason voters selected NC State sixth, followed by Notre Dame, Florida State and Miami. Virginia Tech was picked 10th, while Clemson, Pitt, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Boston College rounded out the voting.
The Blue Devils’ Allen, a 6-foot-5 native of Jacksonville, Florida, averaged 21.6 points per game last season to rank second among ACC scorers. Allen scored in double figures in 33 of 35 games, including 19 games with 20-or-more points. He raised his points per game average 17.2 points from his freshman year, setting an ACC record for scoring improvement in a single season.
NC State’s Dennis Smith, Jr., a 6-foot-3 guard from Fayetteville, North Carolina, received the nod as the Preseason Rookie of the Year. The highest-ranked recruit (No. 4 overall) that NC State has signed since the Recruiting Services Consensus Index began ranking prospects in 1998, Smith has been rated college basketball’s No. 1 incoming point guard by ESPN.
Allen also led the balloting for the Preseason All-ACC First Team, where he was joined by Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame, North Carolina’s Joel Berry II, Virginia’s London Perrantes and NC State’s Smith.
The Preseason All-ACC Second Team consists of North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Duke’s Jayson Tatum, Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon, Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon and Pitt’s Michael Young.
Duke was picked as the ACC preseason favorite for the 16th time in the 48-year history of the poll and the 15th time under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils were last tabbed as the favorite prior to the 2014-15 season.
The regular season begins for all 15 ACC teams the weekend of November 11. In addition to an 18-game regular-season conference schedule, the 64th annual ACC Tournament will be played for the first time at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, tipping off with first round games on Tuesday, March 7, and concluding with the Saturday night championship game on March 11,
ACC Operation Basketball 2016-17 Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
Team & Points
1. Duke (85) - 1359
2. North Carolina (6) - 1239
3. Virginia - 1125
4. Louisville - 1034
5. Syracuse - 905
6. NC State - 772
7. Notre Dame - 716
8. Florida State - 705
9. Miami - 650
10. Virginia Tech - 645
11. Clemson - 623
12. Pitt - 511
13. Wake Forest - 309
14. Georgia Tech - 199
15. Boston College – 128
2016-17 Preseason All-ACC Team
(votes in parenthesis)
First Team
Grayson Allen, Duke (87)
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson (70)
Joel Berry II, North Carolina (45)
London Perrantes, Virginia (36)
Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (34)
Second Team
Justin Jackson, North Carolina (22)
Jayson Tatum, Duke (21)
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse (20)
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State (16)
Michael Young, Pitt (14)
ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Grayson Allen, Duke (70)
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson (7)
London Perrantes, Virginia (5)
Joel Berry II, North Carolina (5)
Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (2)
Andrew White, Syracuse (1)
Davon Reed, Miami (1)
ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (51)
Jayson Tatum, Duke (20)
Harry Giles, Duke (10)
Tyus Battle, Syracuse (5)
VJ King, Louisville (2)
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State (2)
Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech (1)

Tatum Out Two Weeks With Sprain

dsc_0130DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s basketball freshman Jayson Tatum suffered a left foot sprain in practice on Tuesday.

The anticipated recovery time for this injury is two weeks. Tatum will not play in Duke’s exhibition games against Virginia State on Oct. 28 and Augustana on Nov. 4.

“This is the best possible news,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “It is a manageable injury that will not impact Jayson long-term. We look forward to having him back very soon.”

Duke opens the regular season when it hosts Marist on Nov. 11 as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.


Harry Giles

Krzyzewski Says Harry Giles is Ahead of Schedule

Harry Giles
Harry Giles

While all of the Blue Devil Nation holds it's breath for new on star freshman forward Jayson Tatum's injury, there is some good news.

According to Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Harry Giles Jr. is coming along ahead of schedule.  Like Tatum, Giles is part of a stellar Blue Devils recruiting class that had helped make Duke the pre season's top rated team.

Krzyzewski appeared on ESPN Sports Center early this morning during the annual ACC Media Day in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“In Harry’s case, he had his knee scoped about three weeks ago, I think on Oct. 4,” Coach K said. “There was nothing structurally wrong with his knee. It wasn’t the knee that had the ACL, it was the one that he had a couple of years ago. He’s actually doing great. We feel very, very encouraged about him coming and playing, '' said Krzyzewski.

Meanwhile, the news on Tatum is wait and see.  Second opinions are being gathered and there will be a clearer picture at a later time.

“With Jayson, we’re not sure,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stated Wednesday on SportsCenter. “It’s not nearly the injury that Harry has had. That’s still in an evaluation period. We’ll find out more today and hopefully it’s something minor.”

Tatum was injured yesterday during the Duke NBA Pro Day.