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Jalen Lindsey 2013 Nike EYBL – Session #1 – Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES – As Duke’s search for wing players continues it has brought them to Jalen Lindsey, a 6’6 swingman from Nashville Tennessee. Lindsey, who currently sports a 4.0 GPA, says that Duke has recently expressed interest in him. The swingman possesses solid athleticism which he thinks is one of his strengths. Lindsey, who plays for Christ Presbyterian Academy, is coming off of back to back Class AA state championships and many believe his team is in line for a threepeat next year. This past year he won the state championship tournament MVP as well as the Mr. Basketball award for the state of Tennessee.

BlueDevilNation was able to catch up with the Nashville product and discuss the new interest from Duke.

BlueDevilNation: For someone who hasn’t seen you before could you give us a scouting report?

Jalen Lindsey: I’m definitely, I’m really athletic. I use my athleticism a lot. You know, I can knock down the three too. It’s kind of an all around game so you gotta be prepared for anything.

BDN: What would you consider a strength of yours then? [private]

JL: Athleticism definitely.

BDN: What do you feel you have to work on?

JL: Oh definitely ball handling. That’s something I’ve been working on for months and months lately, years actually.

BDN: Is there any player you try and model your game after?

JL: Uh not really, not really.

BDN: You’re just kind of your own guy?

JL: (laughs) Yes sir.

BDN: Does your role differ from AAU to high school ball?

JL: Yea it’s completely different cause I’m like the tallest guy on my high school team so I’m kind of a post man, post-forward. And in here (AAU) I’m a 3 so I have to go back and forth between those two.

BDN (Andrew Slater): You won a state title this past year…

JL: Yes, yes. Second year in a row.

BDN: Do you view yourself as a 3 or a 2?

JL: I do, I view myself as a 3 and every college coach and a lot of my friends tell my I’m going to play the 3 in college and hopefully if I go to the NBA I’ll play the same position.

BDN: What’s your current height and weight?

JL: I’m 6’6 195lbs.

BDN (Andrew Slater): What kind of student are you?

JL: I have a 4.0GPA

BDN (Andrew Slater): Wow..you’re articulate so..

JL: (laughs) My dad, my mom and dad are on me about grades so I definitely work hard in class.

BDN: Do you have any recent offers?

JL: Not any recent offers. I have 20 total offers, I couldn’t name them all right now but not any recent offers.

BDN: Any schools that have recently come into play?

JL: Yea, uh, Duke has been coming onto me pretty hard. Duke’s been coming in pretty hard lately.

BDN: Have you spoken with them recently?

JL: I have. I spoke to Coach James like 2 days ago.

BDN: Did they say they’d be here to watch?

JL: Yes, definitely.

BDN: What do you know about Duke?

JL: You know, I know Duke’s a great school. Great coach and they got a lot of background and I really like Duke.

BDN: So you would be open to them?

JL: Yea, definitely.

BDN (Andrew Slater): Have you taken any recent visits?

JL: I haven’t. I haven’t.

BDN (Andrew Slater): Do you have any planned?

JL: I plan on taking some visits during the summer but I’m not sure which ones.

BDN (Andrew Slater): Are you going to cut down on your list?

JL: Yea, sooner or later I will. Sooner or later I’m going to cut down on it to where there’s less schools.

BDN (Andrew Slater): More manageable?

JL: Yea exactly. I’m just taking my time right now.

BDN (Andrew Slater): What are some factors that are going to be in your decision?

JL: Academics for sure. And then you got the facility and the relationship between the coaches is a big thing for me too.

BDN (Andrew Slater): Just out of curiosity how did you select your high school?

JL: My coach I’ve been playing with him since I was young..

BDN (Andrew Slater): I remember he played college ball at Vanderbilt?

JL: Vanderbilt, yea. So I’ve played with him since I was little, I was on his AAU team so I joined them and that was it.

BDN: And just one last question. You have a new teammate in Grayson Allen can you give me a scouting report on him?

JL: Grayson’s a great player. He’s athletic, he can dribble, he can shoot, he’s got the whole package. Grayson’s a great guy too so he’s fun to play with. [/private]

Theo Pinson chats up the Nation

Theo_PinsonLOS ANGELES – Seventy miles from the Duke University campus is Wesleyan Christian Academy. Theo Pinson helped lead his Trojans to the NCHSAA 3A state championship as they beat Greensboro Day 59-49. The 6’6 swingman was also selected to the NCISAA 3A boys all-state team along with his teammate Harry Giles. Pinson is playing in his last season of AAU before he becomes a senior and ultimately matriculates to the school of his choice.

On Sunday, Pinson’s team, CP3, beat a relentless Howard Pulley team 70-66. Howard Pulley, led by top point guard prospect Tyus Jones, was down 15 points with under 5 minutes to play and almost made the miraculous comeback. Pinson scored 16 points on 4 of 11 shooting. He also made key free throws down the stretch including a big offensive rebound to keep possession for his team.

BlueDevilNation was able to catch up with the swingman prospect and get his thoughts on his recruitment.

BlueDevilNation: What’s your mindset going into this final AAU season? Any different than before?

Theo Pinson: Na, I mean all of the other years I wanted to win championships. We went to the final four last year so we’re trying to finish this time.

BDN: What do you feel like you’ve improved on most this past season?

TP: Defensive wise I’ve just been pressuring up a little more cause you have to do it [private]  in college.

BDN: Has that been a big focus for you?

TP: Oh yea, and shooting also.

BDN: Will you be cutting your list anytime soon?

TP: Uh yea, probably after the live period this time, after Boo Williams.

BDN: Is there any school that’s recruiting you the hardest right now?

TP: Oh, na.

BDN: Is there any pressure to stay in state?

TP: Not really, I mean, of course a lot of people are going to say go to Duke, go to Carolina, go to State and other schools. But, I mean, I’m just doing the best for me.

BDN: Will distance be a factor for you at all?

TP: No.

BDN: Speaking of Duke, have you been in contact with them regularly?

TP: Yea, I mean, all of them have been, since the seasons been over, everybody’s been trying to communicate and telling me they’re going to be watching this weekend and stuff like that.

BDN: Who do you keep contact with at Duke?

TP: I talked to K the one time and then it’s been Capel, but he’s been in surgery right now. And Wojo a couple of times.

BDN: Do you pay attention to who comes out and watches you?

TP: Yea you gotta pay attention to that. You gotta use little stuff like that to separate the schools.

BDN: Do you have any visits coming up?

TP: Umm, not right now.

BDN: How about any in-homes?

TP: No, not yet.

BDN: Who do you feel is the toughest player you’ve had to guard?

TP: Either Julius (Randle) or Andrew (Wiggins). Those are two good ones. (laughs)

BDN: You have a great high school teammate in Harry Giles. Can you give me a scouting report on him?

TP: Uhhh, shoot, you better learn how to guard, or you’re going to have to find somebody that’s strong or something. I don’t know, I mean he’s hard to guard. He’s gotta stop himself. That’s the only way you’re gonna stop him.

BDN: And lastly, are teams recruiting you as a 2 or a 3?

TP: A lot of teams are just recruiting me as a guard. I mean I can play any position from the 1, 2, or 3 or a 4 if I have to.

BDN: Thanks a lot.

TP: No problem.

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Duke Basketball – Notes from Indy

SONY DSCThe Duke Blue Devils advanced to the Elite Eight where they will take on Louisville for a chance to go to the Final Four. BDN takes a look at the frenetic pace of events in Indy as we continue our coverage.

A good win over Michigan State

A lot of people were worried about this game and for good reason in that Tom Izzo and the Spartans are always good, but the Blue Devils seized the opportunity at hand pulling out a 71-61 win. On a night when Quinn Cook struggled, Tyler Thonrton played well off the bench and Seth Curry was quite simply the best player on the court by evenings end. Curry of course, dropped 29 points to lead all scorers and he got help from fellow seniors Ryan Kelly who scored 9 points to go with his team high 7 rebounds. Actually, Mason Plumlee tied him for the lead in rebounds with 7 of his own and scored 14 points himself.  It is also worth noting that Kelly was also the games leader in blocked shots with 4 rejections. Rasheed Sulaimon tallied 16 points as well, knocking down 12 of 16 free throws. As a team, Duke went a more than acceptable 24-26 from the free throw stripe as well. And then there is the defense which you have probably read about by now, but if not is was stellar and should the level of play continue, Duke will be a tough out.

SONY DSCNo time to reflect

In talking to the Duke players during  the press conference here in Indy and what they call break out rooms where they speak individually with members of the media, it was clear they were tired due to the late end of the game.   Some members of the team had to take mandatory drug tests late last evening and the other players while they did not have to, waited for their teammates, putting them in their rooms about 2:00 in the morning. Krzyzewski and others saw this as being ridiculous in nature for many reasons. The team had to be back at Lucas Oil Arena by noon today for the aforementioned interviews and according to many of them, it took some time to wind down from the  Michigan State game they had just won. It was impossible for them not to think about that with the dreaded overkill thoughts before bedding down for the evening and to make matters worse, Louisville had to be on their minds as well. While these are indeed young men that can run circles around me, the responsibilities they have which are demanding in nature go unnoticed by fans. But the media knows, for they are on the same schedule with dead lines and in my case it was around 2:48 before I left the arena. Anyhow, Krzyzewski mentioned this as he should, hoping the NCAA will do a study on the situation. There was no reason why today's pressers could not be pushed back at least until say, 2:00. Another thing worth mentioning is that the coaching staff gets very little sleep if any, breaking down film and preparing for the job at hand in order to advance.  How tired were Coach K's Devils?  Tired enough to only conduct a simple walk through practice today.

SONY DSCThe Final Four Regional

Again, I have dubbed this the Final Four regional in that this region is and or was,  flat out loaded. For the record, Duke and Louisville are the top two seeds left in the entire tournament and many feel the game tomorrow could in a sense be the national title game. It's almost a crime that these two-storied and strong programs could not meet for all the marbles. I mean it is Pitino vs Krzyzewski for gosh sakes and both teams are playing great basketball.  Some feel the winner of this game could actually get a break when they hit the Final Four and I would not argue against that and actually agree with the analogy.

Keep in mind ...

Keep in mind that we'll see these two programs going head to head in the future when Louisville joins the ACC. In that vein, this is an all ACC match up in slightly skewed way. The one thing I noticed when talking to both teams players was the fact that I saw a lot of character. Covering the Duke program up close and personal over the years and even the AAU trail and the kids who eventually go to school in Durham, the one thing I can say with 100% objectivity, is that the Blue Devils players all have immense character in that they are all great kids and citizens on and off the court.

SONY DSCNobody better than Coach K in Elite Eight play

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski is 11-1 in Elite Eight play which is an amazing record. Blue Devil faithful are lucky to have him at the helm and who the heck else would you want in this situation? But the fan base should be grateful win or lose tomorrow and not take for granted how hard it is to advance in these tournaments. Remind yourself how it felt to go out last season against Lehigh in order to enjoy the accomplishments which are earned with hard work that starts the very next day the season ends. It's a long process and the season will be full of ebbs and flows but the last team standing will always be the happiest. Duke is one victory away from going to another Final Four which would be the eleventh for Coach K and company, one shy of John Wooden at UCLA.

30 wins, again

Duke won its 30th game of the season and while no fan wants it to end, that in itself is a dream for any school. It's the 13th time in history Krzyzewski has won 30 games at Duke. In fact, he is the only coach to win 30 in Durham and he has more 30 win seasons than any other coach in the long history of college basketball.

SONY DSCDuke just doesn't have it ... Duke will win it all

It amazes me how wrong the talking heads can be with their predictions as the year goes along and their flipping and flopping is akin to being manic. Going into last evenings game, BDN picked the Devils to win and we did so confidently. Maybe it comes from being around since the dawn of the K era for me or maybe it was just luck. Anyhow, Duke is starting to get some favorable press again. After the Maryland loss, everybody assumed a single game performance meant that Duke would continue to play like that and the ship was destined to sink. Maybe those NBA types will start to do their homework a bit more going forward. After all, it is not like anyone invited them to invade their living room trying to pose as college hoops experts.

Sidebar - Duke is 26-8 all time as a no. 2 seed. Duke is playing in their 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament which is the longest such streak of any program. Did you know there were seven couch fires in East Lansing, Michigan last night?  Seth Curry knocked down six three pointers, a new Lucas oil Arena record and his is 29 points were the second most scored in the arena.  Duke's free throw percentage last evening was the highest in their NCAA tournament history.  Cook moved to 19th on the all time Duke assist list.

Stick around, for a lot more is coming from Indy.

Thorntons’ defense huge in Duke win

SONY DSCINDIANAPOLIS - When Tyler Thornton came off the bench for Duke he knocked down a three pointer in short order.  As it turned out, the only points Thornton would score but his defensive play was crucial in the Blue Devils 71-61 win over Michigan State.  Thornton had two steals and he played a solid floor game in his 26 minutes.  While he was no the star of the game, his play was critical in helping Duke advance to play Louisville in the Elite Eight.