Category Archives: Duke Basketball

NBAPA Top 100 Camp Day One

grrThe NBA Top 100 Camp got underway in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday afternoon.   Duke has a few prospects here including David McCormack who is slated to visit the Blue Devils campus this Saturday.

McCormack has been solid averaging 10.5 ppg and leading all camp players by pulling down 10.0 rebounds per contest.  He is playing for the Bucks where his teammate is Cole Swider who also holds a Duke offer.

Swider is the  9th leading scorer in the camp at 11.5 ppg despite playing just 14 minutes after being injured in his second game. Swider had nice things to say about the Blue Devils as did McCormack which is covered in detail on our premium message board.

In other camp notes, Matthew Hurt is averaging 10.5 ppg and Duke has shown interest in him.  UNC bound Coby White is the 2nd leading scorer here to date at 20.0 ppg.  Also impressive is Simisola Shttu who is putting up numbers of 23 ppg and 8.5 boards

 

Duke Basketball Heads to Dominican Republic

C4UQBfVWYAUQWQg (1)DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke men’s basketball program have finalized plans for a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic in August. The Blue Devils will depart for the tour on Thursday, Aug. 17, and return to Durham on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Duke will play two exhibition games against the Dominican Republic National Team during the tour; the first game will take place in Santiago on Sunday, Aug. 20, and the second is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, in Santo Domingo.

The scheduled practices and exhibition games coincide with the Dominican Republic National Team’s preparation for the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup, which is set for Aug. 25-Sept. 3 in Colombia. The DR currently stands at No. 18 on the FIBA World Rankings.

“The Dominican Republic is a good team, and we’re going to see who our guys are during these practices and games,” Krzyzewski said. “We lost seven of our top eight scorers from last season; this is almost an entirely new team. No matter how much you work out or practice, you really don’t know about a team until you see it in competition. This will be an unbelievable bonding experience for our group and we’ll also get to see how they play together before we start practice at the end of September.”

Per NCAA rules, the Blue Devils are allowed as many as 10 practices as a team prior to departing for their first international tour since visiting China and Dubai in 2011.

The trip itinerary also currently includes a number of cultural activities, such as a tour of the Santo Domingo Colonial Zone, a tour of the historic Estadio Quisqueya baseball venue and a catamaran tour.

Senior guard Grayson Allen (14.5 points per game) is the leading returning scorer for a Duke squad that finished the 2016-17 season with a 28-9 record and a 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Junior Antonio Vrankovic and sophomores Marques Bolden, Javin DeLaurier and Jack White are also key returners from the 2017 ACC Tournament championship squad.

Duke is welcoming the nation’s No. 2-ranked recruiting class in 2017, headlined by the No. 1 player in the ESPN rankings at three different positions: power forward Wendell Carter, Jr., point guard Trevon Duval and shooting guard Gary Trent, Jr. The six-man class also features point guard Jordan Goldwire and wings Alex O’Connell and Jordan Tucker

Marques Bolden A Part of USA Basketball

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Duke University rising sophomore center Marques Bolden has accepted an invitation to the participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp in Colorado Springs from June 18-25.

Bolden is one of 25 players vying for a spot on the team that will travel to Cairo, Egypt, in July in search of the United States’ third consecutive U19 world championship. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 20 with the announcement of the 12-member team slated for June 22.

The DeSoto, Texas, native has prior USA Basketball experience as a part of the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team. He also played on the 2016 USA Junior Select National Team that won that year’s Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.

Bolden averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 24 games for the Blue Devils as a freshman in 2016-17. He missed 10 games due to injury or illness during the season. He was a McDonald’s All-American, Jordan Brand Classic selection and Texas Mr. Basketball honoree as a high school senior in 2016.

Invitations for the training camp were issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team committee, of which Duke legend Shane Battier is in his first year as player representative.

In the most recent FIBA Men’s U19 World Cup (formerly the FIBA U19 World Championship) in Greece in 2015, former Duke standouts Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum collaborated to help the U.S. take home the gold medal. Giles averaged a double-double for the U.S. on his way to All-Tournament Team honors.

 

Duke to Face Indiana

unnamed (33)DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball program will visit Indiana as part of the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, ESPN announced Thursday. Dates, times and network designation for Challenge games 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.

2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

Northwestern at Georgia Tech

Duke at Indiana

Notre Dame at Michigan State

Miami at Minnesota

Penn State at NC State

Boston College at Nebraska

Michigan at North Carolina

Clemson at Ohio State

Louisville at Purdue

Florida State at Rutgers

Maryland at Syracuse

Wisconsin at Virginia

Iowa at Virginia Tech

Illinois at Wake Forest

Bracket Set for Nike PK-80

DSC_0155PORTLAND, Ore. – Duke will face Portland State on Nov. 23 in the first round of PK80 presented by State Farm and will meet either Butler or Texas on Nov. 24 depending on first-round results.

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., with the crowning of two champions. Games will be played on Nov. 23, Nov. 24 and Nov. 26.

All games from Portland will be televised on the ESPN family of networks with times and channel designations to be announced at a later date.

The Blue Devils are in the Motion bracket, named in a nod to the Nike swoosh that not only represents motion, but also resembles the wings of the goddess Nike. Duke will be joined in the Motion bracket by Butler, Florida, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.

Duke and Portland State have met once on the hardwood, an 89-39 DU victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 30, 1997. The Blue Devils own a 3-0 series lead over Butler, including a win in the 2010 NCAA championship game, and lead 4-0 in a series with Texas that has been dormant since 2009.

Duke is 257-75 (.774) at neutral sites in 37 seasons under the direction of head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils are 88-16 (.846) with 18 titles in regular-season tournaments under Coach K.

Limited all-session and Moda-only ticket packages are currently available exclusively at pkinvitational.com/tickets. Single-session tickets will go on sale Friday, June 9, at 1 p.m. ET via ticketmaster.com, the Rose Quarter Box Office, by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at pkinvitational.com/tickets.

Trevon Duval is a Blue Devil

tdTrevon Duval decided to play his college basketball career with Duke University.  Duval is rated the top point guard prospect in the nation and will start immediately at Duke.

''Basketball has taken me from Queens, to Delaware, to places I never even dreamed of when I first started dribbling. I couldn’t have made it here without my dad, who has always kept me hungry, and my mom, who has always kept me humble. And with their blessing, today, I’m ready to announce the next step in my journey.''

See his announcement here.