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Trent and Wendell Carter are friends.

Gary Trent Jr. is a Duke Blue Devil

Gary Trent Jr. is a Duke Blue Devil.
Gary Trent Jr. is a Duke Blue Devil.

cw7_k8pwgaaztt4One of the nation's top sharpshooters, Gary Trent Jr. also known as G-Money, selected the Duke Blue Devils on ESPNU over Michigan State and UCLA.  Trent is a fill it up offensive standout who some say is a basket waiting to happen.

''At Duke it’s the brotherhood there and Coach K showing me the things that I can do there.  With Coach K, everything is top of the line,'' said Trent before donning a Duke cap.    He continued, “He wants me to come in and be who I am. He wants me to play my game. He wants my ego. Bring my whole package with me and be ready to play.”

Trent Jr. joins Alex O'Connell in a two-man class thus far in the early campaign.  Much like other Duke players past, he had a strong connection  to USA Basketball.  He also played AAU Basketball for Howard Pulley which produced Tyus Jones and has another Duke prospect for one season from now in Tre Jones.

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GARY TRENT JR.PICKED DUKE ON ESPNU.

The second player to be for Duke a season from now, visited Duke in an official capacity for Countdown to Craziness.  There, he joined his good friend Wendell Carter, who will be making his decision any day now as well.

The two could form yet another package deal for Duke and they will not stop recruiting there, for they're in hot pursuit of Coleman, Kevin Knox and Mohamed Bamba.  Both Trent Jr. and Carter Jr. sported Duke caps on their visit.

Gary Trent during Coundown to Craziness- Mark Watson
Gary Trent sat with Wendell Carter during Countdown to Craziness Mark Watson

Trent is a consensus top ten or better pick and stands 6-5 weighing in at a legitimate 200 pounds.  He has a knack for scoring and opening the ga me up for teammates as teams concentrate on him.

As good as Trent is today, his game is still evolving where he hopes to become a triple threat player.  He has a good first step and can finish with both hands around the basket.  Also worth noting is that he is the son of Gary Trent, who had a successful NBA career.

Gary Trent was a sharped dressed man during his decision.
Gary Trent was a sharpeddressed man during his decision. ESPNU

Trent is a high-octane scorer with a tough mentality.  I have seen his work ethic up close and personal on the Nile EYBL Circuit where he drills in between games instead of socializing.  During the games he scores the ball in a variety of ways, but may be best off the dribble at this stage in his career.  He also has the tools to become a good lock down defender with some more coaching and work.

Wendell Carter and Gary Trent

Duke May Land Gary Trent & Wendell Carter

Wendell Carter and Gary Trent
Wendell Carter and Gary Trent

This week will be quite the busy one for Duke fans.  Many will start out the week paying attention to election day.  Then on Thursday, Duke takes on arch rival UNC in football in Wallace Wade Stadium. Add to that back to back games to open the basketball season with Marist and Grand Canyon in Cameron which translates into three games in as many days.

Now, there is more on the slate for one of the top recruits in the nation in Gary Trent Jr. said he will announce his collegiate decision on Thursday.  That decision can be seen on ESPNU at 6 p.m. prior to kickoff of the football game.

Trent is a 6-5 200 pound shooting guard who can fill it up from various spots on the court.  He is a consensus top ten prospect who is known as a hard worker.

He has been offered by Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan State and UCLA.  He has visited Duke both officially and unofficially in the past and has been considered a Duke lean by myself for some time now.

Just today, his friend, Wendell Carter Jr., a bruising front court prospect out of Georgia is rumored to be making his announcement during the early period as well.  Carter is down to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard and Duke.

Many have speculated that Carter and Trent would be a part of a package deal.  Both donned white Duke caps during the recent Countdown to Craziness while standing with the Cameron Crazies.

Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have remained very involved with both young men by making them priority recruits.  Considering what Duke has to offer as a school and program coupled with what is sure to be mass defections into the NBA from the current roster, it would be hard for me not be anything other than highly confident here.

If they do indeed commit, they would join Alex O'Connell making it a three-man class to date.  The early signing period runs from November the 9th through the 16th.  There is a possibility that another Duke prospect Matt Coleman could choose between Texas and Duke early.  But my latest information says he may opt for spring.

Duke is also recruiting two other big time prospects in Kevin Knox and Mohamed Bamba.  Both of those prospects are on record saying they will wait for the late period.  However, in recruiting, things can change in quick fashion.

Should Duke land two verbal commitments from coveted prospects in Trent and Carter, they could then put their focus on the three remaining prospects.  And you never know if another name or two might creep in as more information is gathered during the season progresses.

Two Duke starters from this years team will graduate in Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson.  It is also believed that several underclassmen will leave as well as early NBA entrants.

Below is a recent tweet from Gary Trent Jr. and a picture of them during Countdown to Craziness in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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Bolden out first two games.

Bolden Out With Leg Injury

Bolden out first two games.
Bolden out first two games.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s basketball freshman Marques Bolden has sustained a left lower-leg injury.

Bolden will not play in Duke’s home games on Nov. 11 and 12, and will be reevaluated following the weekend.

The DeSoto, Texas, native scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds in Duke’s exhibition win over Virginia State on Oct. 28. He did not play in Duke’s exhibition finale on Nov. 4.

Duke rips Augustana

Recap – Duke Wins With Ease

Duke rips Augustana
Duke rips Augustana

The Duke Basketball team finished up the exhibition season with an easy 98-45 win over Augustana.  The defending Division II Champions simply could not match the Blue Devils athleticism and height.

Duke was led by a balanced scoring attack where sophomore Luke Kennard led the way for the second straight outing.  He would end the game with 17 points.  Grayson Allen and Frank Jackson would add 16 points apiece and Chase Jeter 15 to round out double figure scoring for the nation's top rated team.

In the early going, Duke showed off a full court press which included some traps and that held the Vikings to 19 first half points.  Duke would later mix in zone and go deep into their bench where nine players got meaningful minutes.

That is especially impressive considering that Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum remained sidelined and they were joined by Marques Bolden who sat out the game but was not injured per Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke's head man also said that he hoped Harry Giles would be a go by months end.  Giles will start 5 on 0 drills to learn the plays this week.

Duke came to play in their win and Krzyzewski praised his team's effort and not playing the scoreboard in his post game press conference.  The HOF coach also said that freshman Jayson Tatum would be returning to action and could see some action as Duke starts the regular season with Marist next Friday.

In a starting role, Chase Jeter went 5 of 5 from the field and free throw stripe which led o 15 points.  He also added 12 rebounds in an effort that earned praise from his teammates post game.

The key for Jeter's success was playing under control.  In his first exhibition game, he rushed things a bit.

Duke also got a strong effort out of Frank Jackson who led the team in assists with four.  More impressively, Jackson was active moving well with and without the ball.  He tallied 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds due to said activity.

Graduate Senior, Amile Jefferson, led the team with 14 rebounds to go with 9 points.  Krzyzewski said that he wanted to see Jefferson at the five-spot but did think he tried too hard to make things happen early in the contest.

There were several big plays which ignited the Cameron Crazies.  One of them was a dunk by Matt Jones which has been rare in his career.  Krzyzewski  played off a question during his presser, saying it was a twitter like comment with concern to the flush.  Jones was a defensive demon in the win where he collected six steals.

Javin DeLaurier continued to add high energy in the early season games as well.  Known for his hustle and motor, DeLaurier made a sweet baseline drive and bucket showing how scoring from there is done.

The Blue Devils are a tight team and each play was heartily cheered on by teammates.  Krzyzewski said it best in that he has not even seen his team at full strength yet in that many kids have been in polo's on the bench.

What we continue to see despite another overmatched opponent is that this Duke team will be incredibly deep.  The talent s overflowing this season and it's the best I have seen in my many years of covering the program.

Duke will take the next couple of days off to concentrate on school work and rest and then start to prep for the season.  The team will face back to back contests on Friday and Saturday of next week when Marist and Grand Canyon visit.

Duke will be entering their 112th season of basketball and ranked consensus number one in the polls.  Duke has won an NCAA best 125 consecutive non conference games in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Mike Krzyzewski will be seeking his 1000th win at Duke this season, bit it will take 30 victories.  He is also nine wins shy his 500th win in Cameron.

 

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

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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.