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Duke Hoops Unveils Pre Season Schedule

DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball team has announced its 2018-19 preseason schedule, which includes the dates for Countdown to Craziness and the two exhibition games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The season tips off with Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Friday, October 19 at Cameron Indoor. The annual event features a night of entertainment, games, engaging videos and on-court contests all leading up to the introduction of the 2018-19 Blue Devils, the unveiling of this season’s team poster and the annual Blue-White scrimmage.

As has been tradition at Duke, the Blue Devils will host the reigning Division-II national champions and the reigning CIAA champions for exhibition contests. On Tuesday, October 23, defending CIAA winner Virginia Union is the opponent, while last year’s Division-II national champ, Ferris State, comes to Durham on Saturday, Oct. 27. Tip times and broadcast information for Countdown and the exhibition games will be announced at a later date.

Duke opens the 2018-19 season versus Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis on ESPN. The Blue Devils welcome Indiana to Cameron Indoor on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The remainder of Duke’s regular-season non-conference schedule will be finalized later this summer.

In August, the Blue Devils head north for three summer exhibition games on the Duke Canada Tour. Duke faces Ryerson University (Aug. 15) and University of Toronto (Aug. 17) in Toronto and McGill University (Aug. 19) in Montreal. Ticket packages are now on sale and can be purchased at www.dukecanadatour.com.

5 Questions with Duke Freshman Cam Reddish

Cam Reddish - 5 questions with the Duke freshman

Incoming Duke freshman Cam Reddish spent some time on the Duke campus recently during the Coach K Academy.  Here are five quick questions with the highly rated freshman concerning the upcoming season.

I see you're in a waking boot, what is going on with that?

It's not serious.  It's a stress reaction and I will be ready to go in two weeks.  I will be ready to go when I get here in a few months.

I know you're tight with Tre Jones and that you guys talk a lot.  What have you guys been discussing since getting here?

We talk a lot about the upcoming season and we're all just looking forward that and getting to work.  Meeting the veterans has been really cool.  It's a new experience and we learn a lot for them.

Do you feel like the upcoming Canadian trip will be important for the teams development?

It is real  important.  It will be the first time we play together as a team and we hope to go up there and dominate while preparing for the season.  I think it will be fun and it is R.J. (Barrett's) hometown, so we'll get to see that and what it is like there.  I am looking forward to it.

What has it been like to meet the guys on the team and how do you think the chemistry will go heading into the season?

Everybody here is pretty unselfish.  All the freshman and all the returning players are just trying to win this season.  Everybody here prepares well and are really hard workers.

What are your thoughts on Coach K?

I looked up to him growing up and then I got to meet him and now I will get to play for him, so it is like a dream coming true.

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Javin DeLaurier Teaching Freshman the Duke Way

Javin DeLaurier

One of the players likely to play a major role on the coming seasons Duke Basketball team will be rising junior Javin DeLaurier.  In his third year at Duke, DeLaurier hopes off-season work will take his game to another level.

We spoke to the rising junior during the recent Coach K Academy in Durham, N.C. which helps to fund the Emily K Center.  DeLaurier shares how he will embrace his role as an upperclassman to teach the Duke way to the incoming freshman class while at the same time working to improve his game.

You're like the old guy on this team now.   How does that feel?

Yeah.  It's weird to think about.  My third year came around pretty quick -- quicker than I expected but at the same time I'm excited to get these young guys here and to teach them how we do things here at Duke.

What has the staff shared with you about teaching the newcomers?

The entire coaching staff, including Coach Will (Stephens, Duke Strength Coach) has stressed the importance to all of us upperclassman to really be leaders and set an example for these young guys coming in.  They're super talented but as freshman it takes some adjustment.

During his press conference, Coach K said he wants to see what you guys look like together; not just the freshman but the upperclassman as well who will all play larger roles.  Can you share a little bit about what they've shared with you about this thus far.

You know it is just going to be different this year than last year.  We obviously lost two talented bigs in Marvin (Bagley) and Wendell (Carter) and I might find myself more in the post.  That is something I have to prepare for.

When you look at the roster it would appear that you are one of two post guys projected to play significant minutes..

Yeah.  No doubt, no doubt.

There will be a lot of pressure to get on the boards and that kind of thing...

Yes sir.  I know there will be some guys bigger and heavier than me in the post.  I am looking to learn how to guard guys, especially guys who are bigger and heavier than me and developing more confidence to score down there.

What will you be working on the rest of the off-season?

I am looking to build my confidence up, my skill level and be more of a scoring threat.

A Vital Role Awaits Javin DeLaurier

Javin DeLaurier

One of the players who will play a vital role for the Duke Blue Devils next season is Javin DeLaurier.  Firstly, he will be one of the most experienced players on the team and therefore will be counted on to teach newcomers the Duke way of doing things.

DeLaurier started in five games for the Blue Devils last season and he has played in 45 games in his previous two years at Duke.  As a junior, DeLaurier will take on a key role in the front court where Duke is losing both Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr, to the NBA.

Duke will have just three big men or post players on next seasons roster in DeLaurier, Marques Bolden and Antonio Vrankovic.  That is a stark departure from the riches they enjoyed a season ago.

Incoming freshman Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson will most certainly have their moments down low, but neither of them are considered a center type of player.  While Duke plays what is known as a positionless team by head coach Mike Krzyzewski; DeLaurier will be asked to guard players bigger than him at times.

So far, DeLaurier has career highs in 30 minutes against Clemson, 13 points against South Dakota and 11 rebounds versus Elon during his two-year career.  Just having some experience will lend as a valuable teacher to the younger players as they learn what the college game is about.

As a rising junior and an upperclassman, DeLaurier will establish yet another new role next season.  Duke will be taking a trip to Canada in August and it will be interesting to see how they blend five newcomers in with a handful of experienced players who are expected to play.

One of the players who should play a key role in the rotation on this seasons team will  no doubt be Javin DeLaurier.

The Key Factors for DeLaurier -

  • Play under control.
  • Cut down on turnovers.
  • Continue to work on being a solid rebound guy.
  • Work on becoming a better free throw shooter.

In closing, DeLaurier played 13 minutes per game a season ago, but knocked down just 22 of 42 free throw attempts.  On the other hand, he was 54 of 81 from the field which is a solid 67% clip showing he can clean things up around the rim.

With his athleticism, DeLaurier is capable of playing a larger role this season.  Much of that will depend on having chemistry with basically a new roster while demonstrating more consistent basketball habits.

Defense Keys Duke Romp Over Hokies

Grayson Allen was the Player of the Game for Duke. Defense keys Duke win over Hokies.

The Duke Blue Devils played their best forty minutes of basketball this season.  The result was an impressive 74-52 ACC win over Virginia Tech.  The win sets up a situation where the (9-4 ACC, 21-5 overall) Blue Devils can move into second place with a win at Clemson this weekend.

Duke played zone the entire contest and more importantly they talked to one another on the defensive end.  "We stress talk.  The system we try to teach is offense, defense and communication.  But defensively, especially in zone, when you are talking you will be wider," said Krzyzewski.

The Duke coach also acknowledged it was his teams best defensive game of the season.  The Blue Devils helped themselves after a half time adjustment where the Hokies had nine turnovers after just one at the break.

Grayson Allen led Duke with 25 points and was the kind of leader the staff envisioned for Duke tonight.  "He's our leader.  We've had him off the ball a lot, so he has tried to lead from there but the ball is not in his hands.  With the ball in his hands he can make plays and call plays and is in more command, said Krzyzewski.

You can expect the strategy of Allen having the ball in his hands more to continue for Krzyzewski acknowledged it has helped the team in their last two outings.

All of the Duke players Blue Devil Nation spoke with after the game said this was their best 40 minute effort of the season.  And all of them had things to say about their communication in a zone defense that held a potent Hokies team to just 52 points.

Gary Trent Jr. added 19 points for Duke.  He was joined by Revon Duval (10 points) and Wendell Carter Jr. (13 points and 13 rebounds) as double figure scorers.

Duke started Marques Bolden (2 blocked shots) in the first half but opted for Javin DeLaurier in the second half.  DeLarurier played with energy and went 3 for 3 from the field and was on the end of some outstanding passes.  Those scores helped Duke gain continued energy in their victory.

The Blue Devils also scored 18 second chance points and tallied seven steals in the game to just one for the Hokies.  Duke held a monster advantage on the boards with a 36-19 advantage despite their leading scorer and rebounder in Marvin Bagley III being sidelined with an injury.

Duke can take over sole possession of 2nd place in the ACC with a win at Clemson this Sunday.  That game tips off at 1:00 and will be televised by the ACC Network.

Coach K Tidbits

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski briefly addressed the media today.  Here are  some tidbits from that Q & A.

-If there is one thing that bothered the Duke coach in not only the loss to St. Johns but in the games of late; that would be turnovers.  Krzyzewski said that many of the turnovers against St. Johns were unforced.  "A really good team doesn't need to beat itself and when you commit that many turnovers we beat ourselves."

-Krzyzewski would like to see a more aggressive Grayson Allen.  he wants him to shoot hunt his shot and to play aggressive. "He has done that for the most part but not all the time. He is trying to help his teammates but you have to be careful not to lose some of you."

-Krzyzewski said it is easy to see what his team has to do better and while he is not minimizing issues as a simple fix -- he feels hard work will get the team to where it needs to be,

-Krzyzewski praised UNC for still being a good rebounding team despite playing a smaller lineup.  "Thursdays game is not an end all.  It is a huge game but there will be another after that.  Their program and out program is built on more than one game."

-When asked of struggles of late, Krzyzewski said, "Nobody wants to be at their peak in February."

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