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Duke Offers Paolo Banchero

Duke has offered Paolo Banchero after head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff to in his play at the Nike Peach Jam.

He is a Seattle, WA native in the 2021 class who has been on the Duke radar after stellar summer play.  Krzyzewski took in several of his games this weekend.

Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer was also impressed with Banchero after watching him at the NBAPA Top 100 Camp.

The five-star big man holds offers from Arizona, Kentucky, Memphis and Washington.

Jalen Johnson Cuts List, Talks Recruiting

Jalen Johnson is a coveted Duke prospect.

Big time prospect Jalen Johnson has cut his list of schools and remains open in his recruitment with many thinking Duke and Kentucky are at the top of his list.  Blue Devil Nation caught up with the talented young player during the NBAPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend.  Check out what he had to say as a member during our one year for a six-month price on the message board.

Duke to face Michigan State in ACC-Big 10 Challenge

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke and Michigan State will battle in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 in East Lansing, Mich., as the matchups for the 21st edition of the event were unveiled Thursday by ESPN.

In a rematch from last season's Elite Eight, the Blue Devils and Spartans will meet for the fifth time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Duke has won the previous four versus MSU in the event, and owns an 18-2 (.900) record all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, marking both the most wins and best winning percentage.

Duke and Michigan State have meet 15 times in the overall series, with the Blue Devils leading 12-3. Eight of the meetings have come since the 2010-11 season -- three in the Champions Classic (3-0) and twice in the ACC/Big Ten (2-0). MSU’s first win over Duke since 2005 came last season, 68-67, in the NCAA Tournament East Regional title game in Washington, D.C.

Time and network designation for next season’s game will be announced at a later date.

Duke and Michigan State each finished in the top 5 of the final AP poll for 2019, with the Blue Devils earning the program’s eighth final AP No. 1 ranking and the Spartans finishing No. 5.

2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule:

Monday, December 2

Miami at Illinois

Clemson at Minnesota

Tuesday, December 3

Duke at Michigan State

Michigan at Louisville

Iowa at Syracuse

Rutgers at Pitt

Florida State at Indiana

Northwestern at Boston College

Wednesday, December 4

Virginia at Purdue

Notre Dame at Maryland

Nebraska at Georgia Tech

Ohio State at North Carolina

Wisconsin at NC State

Wake Forest at Penn State

Matthew Hurt Joins Duke Brotherhood

A major Duke target, Matthew Hurt, announced this afternoon that he will be the newest Blue Devil.

The 6-9, 210 pounds, Minnesota native played his high school basketball for John Marshall in Rochester.

Hurt will join fellow Minnesota native Tre Jones who elected to return for his sophomore season.  It is believed that this helped in his recruitment.

Duke had been a favorite for the last several months and Hurt spurned Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina to play in Durham.

Hurt received 19 total offers but many teams fell to the wayside with him being a consensus five-star prospect.

The Blue Devils head coach, Mike Krzyzewski took a vested interest in Hurt's recruitment where he played.  Duke played the long game with Hurt, whom they knew would not make an early decision.

Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer was the lead assistant in Hurt's recruitment.

The entire Duke coaching staff visited in-home with the Hurt family in early March.

The fact that four blue blood programs sought Hurt's services speaks volumes with concern to his talent.  A very skilled offensive player with size, Hurt is all but penciled into next years starting five.

Hurt was a mainstay on Team USA during his high school basketball career.   He was also named to the McDonald's All American game.  Hurt also garnered the Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award.

With Hurt on board, the Blue Devils will now turn their attention to Cassius Stanley, a high-flying, top-rated shooting guard from California.  He will make his decision this coming Monday.

Hurt joins Vernon Carey Jr., Wendell Moore Jr, and Boogie Ellis giving Duke one of the nation's elite recruiting classes.