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Jefferson Named Malone Award Canditate

dsc_0391-001SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Duke graduate student Amile Jefferson was named one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award on Thursday in announcement by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award is in its third year recognizing the top power forward in Division I men’s college basketball.

Jefferson has played in 115 games in a Duke uniform, making 68 starts and helping the Blue Devils capture the 2015 NCAA title.

The Philadelphia native started the first nine games of the 2015-16 season, averaging 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting .683 from the floor. After fracturing his right foot in December, he missed the final 27 games of the campaign.

Jefferson is one of the best offensive rebounders in Duke history and enters his final collegiate season ranked sixth on the program’s career chart with 277 offensive boards. He also has a career .624 field goal percentage, second-best in program history among players who have made at least 200 field goals.

In addition to his on-court exploits, Jefferson is the first player in program history to be named to the All-ACC Academic Team four times.

The Malone Award committee will narrow its watch list to 10 players by mid-February and a list of five finalists will be announced in March. The winner of the 2017 Karl Malone Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7.

For more information on the Karl Malone Award, visit hoophallawards.com.

2017 Karl Malone Award Candidates
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Ivan Rabb, California
Amile Jefferson, Duke
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Yante Maten, Georgia
Carlton Bragg Jr., Kansas
Robert Carter, Maryland
Dedric Lawson, Memphis
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Isaiah Hicks, North Carolina
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Michael Young, Pittsburgh
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
TJ Leaf, UCLA
Bennie Boatwright, Southern California
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Kris Jenkins, Villanova
Austin Nichols, Virginia
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

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Tatum Named to Julius Erving Watch List

 dsc_0130SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Duke freshman Jayson Tatum was named one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award on Wednesday in announcement by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award is in its third year recognizing the top player in Division I men’s college basketball at the position played by Erving, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Tatum is the lone freshman on this year’s watch list.

Tatum was named both Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year and Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the Year in 2016 after averaging 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Chaminade Prep to the Missouri Class 5A state title. He was a first-team USA Today All-USA and Naismith Trophy All-America selection in 2016, as well as a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic participant.

The St. Louis native owns three gold medals as a member of the USA Basketball program: the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. In 19 games for his country, Tatum has posted averages of 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.

The Erving Award committee will narrow its watch list to 10 players by mid-February and a list of five finalists will be announced in March. The winner of the 2017 Julius Erving Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7.

For more information on the Julius Erving Award, visit hoophallawards.com.

 

2017 Julius Erving Award Candidates

Evan Bradds, Belmont

Kelan Martin, Butler

Jarron Blossomgame, Clemson

Terry Larrier, Connecticut

Jayson Tatum, Duke

Dwayne Bacon, Florida State

OG Anunoby, Indiana

Deng Adel, Louisville

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

VJ Beachem, Notre Dame

Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

Vince Edwards, Purdue

Dikembe Dixson, Illinois-Chicago

Kevin Hervey, UT Arlington

Jalen Moore, Utah State

Josh Hart, Villanova

Markis McDuffie, Wichita State

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

 

Big cheers for the team after their final drill.

Countdown To Craziness is Here

Big cheers for the team after their final drill.
Big cheers for the team after their final drill.

DURHAM, N.C. – The 2016-17 Duke men’s basketball team will get its first taste of game action on Saturday when the program hosts Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines features a night of entertainment, games, engaging videos and on-court contests all leading up to the introduction of the 2016-17 Blue Devils, the unveiling of this season’s team poster and the annual Blue-White Scrimmage.

The festivities begin in Krzyzewskiville, adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium, where fans can enjoy various activities, music and games. Doors to Cameron open at 6 p.m. ET for students and 6:15 p.m. ET for the general public.

The Blue-White Scrimmage is set to tip off at approximately 8:25 p.m. ET.

A limited number of tickets to Countdown for Craziness remain available and can be purchased in person at the Duke Athletic Ticket Office in the Scott Family Athletics Performance Center, online at GoDuke.com or over the phone by calling (919) 681-BLUE.

Fans who are unable to attend Countdown to Craziness have the opportunity to view the action live via ACC Network Extra as Ryan Craig and Chris Spatola provide commentary and analysis. ACC Network Extra is an Atlantic Coast Conference-dedicated live-events digital network available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

On the heels of a 25-win season and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, Duke welcomes back a veteran core led by graduate student Amile Jefferson, senior Matt Jones and junior All-American Grayson Allen for the 2016-17 campaign. The three veteran leaders were named captains for the 2016-17 season during the summer.

The Blue Devils also add one of the nation’s most heralded recruiting classes to the fold, a group of six headlined by center Marques Bolden, forward Harry Giles, guard Frank Jackson and forward Jayson Tatum.

Mike Krzyzewski is set for his 42nd season as a head coach and 37th at the helm of the Duke program after leading the U.S. Men’s National Team to its third consecutive gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Coach K wrapped up his tenure as the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach with an 88-1 record, including an active 76-game winning streak. He is the first coach – man or woman – to lead a country to three Olympic basketball gold medals.

The winningest coach in men’s college basketball history and the first Division I men’s coach to reach the 1,000-win mark, Coach K has a 1,043-321 overall record as a head coach and a 970-262 mark at Duke.

Duke will open the 2016-17 regular season when it welcomes Marist to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, Nov. 11. Prior to the start of the regular season, Duke will host exhibition games against Virginia State on Oct. 28 and Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 4.

Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines Schedule of Events (subject to change)

6 p.m. – Doors open for students

6:15 p.m. – Doors open for general public

7:55 p.m. – National anthem

8 p.m. – Introduction of the 2016-17 Blue Devils

8:25 p.m. – Blue-White Scrimmage

Allen up for awards.

Allen Up For Jerry West Award

Allen up for awards.
Allen up for awards.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Duke junior Grayson Allen was named one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award on Tuesday in announcement by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award is in its third year recognizing the top player in Division I men’s college basketball at the position played by the legendary West.

A finalist for the West Award 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.

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.

The West Award committee will narrow its watch list to 10 players by mid-February and a list of five finalists will be announced in March. The winner of the 2017 Jerry West Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7.

Who better to preview Duke Basketball than the players themselves?

The Players Preview Duke Basketball

Who better to preview Duke Basketball than the players themselves?
Who better to preview Duke Basketball than the players themselves?

Who better to preview the 2016-17 Duke Basketball team than the players themselves?  Afterall, they have a bird's-eye view of the team going against one another on a daily basis.  During the most recent Duke Basketball Media Day, I asked several players for their prospectus or preview on what to expect from this years team.  Here are their answers -

Amile Jefferson  - We're going to be really talented and may be one of the most talented Duke teams ever here.  We are still forming our identity and it's really early.  One thing about this team is everybody likes to work and that makes it much easier where everyone wants to come in and do extra work and everyone wants to get better.  Everybody understands that we can do something really special.  It takes a commitment and dedication.  Right now in these first couple of months that will spur us and it should be a really special season.

Javin DeLaurier - We're  athletic, deep and really talented basketball team.  We're going to be really tough to beat and we have the confidence to do some special things as long as we stay injury free and do what we are supposed to do.

Marques Bolden - We're really versatile and have a lot of different players who can play a lot of different positions,  That's always good to have and we really don't have like straight point guards or straight shooting guards.  We are just trying to all be the best version of ourselves and I think we are going to have a pretty successful year.

Grayson Allen like the chances of this years team and says he came back to win another title. He gives his preview of Duke Basketball.
Grayson Allen like the chances of this years team and says he came back to win another title. He gives his preview of Duke Basketball.

Grayson Allen - This team is going to  be extremely athletic and versatile.  We have a lot of guys who can be position less and play the one through the three and guys who can play the one through the four.  And we have guys like Amile Jefferson who can play the one through the five.  So we are going to be a position less team that's fun to watch and we're going to go after teams all forty minutes and look to use our strength.

Jayson Tatum - We're going to be very dynamic.  There are so many different guys who can do so many different and unique things. It will definitely be hard to double team anyone this year.

Luke Kennard - We have a lot of guys on the team this year. As long as we can stay healthy we're going to have a really good defensive team.  We're long and athletic and have guys who can rotate in if someone needs a break.  We've just got a lot of guys who can make plays.   Amile is back stronger than he's ever been Matt can hit the three...we just have a lot of guys who can make plays by driving and making other players better and that's what we'll have to have for success this season.

 

Duke freshman Frank Jackson take instruction from Duke Assistant Coach Jeff Capel.  - BDN Photo

Q & A with Duke Freshman Frank Jackson

Duke freshman Frank Jackson take instruction from Duke Assistant Coach Jeff Capel. - BDN Photo
Duke freshman Frank Jackson take instruction from Duke Assistant Coach Jeff Capel. - BDN Photo

As the highly touted Duke Blue Devils prepare for the coming season, I had a chance to speak with Frank Jackson.  The prized freshman brings a solid skill set to Durham where he can play on ball defense, provide a good handle or drive and dish.  In fact, Jackson is the reigning winner of the McDonald's All American Game Dunk contest which points to his athletic prowess.  Here is a Q & A with Jackson -

Talk about the adjustment period since you arrived on campus.

Yeah, it was a big adjustment initially and I got here in summer.  I have adjusted well.  I'm comfortable with the area and comfortable with my team and the coaching staff as well, so it's been a fun time.

So, I understand you are rooming with fellow freshman Jamin DeLaurier.  He jokingly said you're crazy, so whats that about?

Laughs  He's crazy and he's dirty too.  No, he's been a great roommate and we've become really close, so...

What has been the biggest adjustment to this level.  I mean, all of sudden you're on a team that's chock full of talent.

The talent level is an adjustment itself and also the pace of the game.  It's definitely picked up.  It's not as hard in high school where it was definitely more laid back. And the workouts are a lot tougher,  It's like a full-time job for the next couple of months, so I have to be ready.

You are running the PG spot some, but that is also done by committee.  Is that a good thing in that you get to play off ball some too.

It's great.  Coach K likes versatile guys who can play multiple positions.  I am capable of doing that and whatever it takes to help the team.

How long were you in Utah?

Seven years or since I was eleven years old.  I spent all my high school and junior high years there.

Has there been an adjustment period with the humidity an adjustment coming from Utah?

Yeah, it's crazy out here.  Actually I still don;t like it.  I'm a little used to it from D.C. but it's even hotter down here.

What are your personal goals for the coming season?

For me personally, I want to be the best on ball defender and I want to be consistent, for sure and just do anything to help my teammates win.

I cover AAU ball and you were tenacious at times with your defense at the NBA Top 100 Camp when I saw you.  You have that side to you or competitive edge as well.  You kind of get in people's grill...

For sure,  I don't like to lose.  Ever since I was a  little kid I tried to win everything I tried to do,  You know, when I lose, it's not a pretty site,  So yeah, I have always had a competitive edge.

So, don't let the All American smile fool you...

Nah.

What do you do in your limited down time?

It is a lot to be honest but we still have some time where we hang out and go to football games.  But there is a lot of basketball.  I like watching movies.

Will your parents be able to see you play this season?

My family has moved to Williamsburg, Virginia.  They'll be coming down all the time.  We were originally from the east coast, I grew up in Washington, D.C..  So we have family back in D.C. and my Dad does most of his work there and they thought it would be a good time to finally move back to the east coast.

Duke opens the season with Countdown to Craziness on Saturday, October the 22nd in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The event starts at 7 and will be carried by ACC Network Extra and the Blue Devils IMG network.