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Watch Duke Prospect Wendell Moore’s Decision

Wendell Moore - Decision Day

Fresh off his participation in the USA Basketball camp, Wendell Moore Jr. is set to make his collegiate basketball decision at Cox Mill High School at 7:00 this evening.

Moore is a key Duke target and he also has N.C. State, North Carolina and Wake Forest on his list.  He is one of the nations top wing players and the Blue Devils hope to land him and build the 2019 class around him.

You can watch Moores decision as it happens in via ADSN on YouTube below.

 

David Cutcliffe Bye Week Q & A

COACH CUTCLIFFE: This open date has obviously come at a good time for us with the number of injuries that we've had to starters. We still, right now, have six out that will return.

We've got both Mark Gilbert out for the season and Marvin Hubbard. But it's come at a good time. And also obviously at a tough time, when you get beat and you go into an open date, sometimes the reaction that you have can be panic. And this team's not that way. I think this team understands it's got to play well to win but it knows how to go about its business.

And we've practiced really well to this point. We'll practice again tomorrow and give them the weekend off and then start preparation for Georgia Tech Sunday evening.

Q. Ricky Walker didn't pop off the stat sheet Saturday night. But you made a point to praise him in your postgame remarks. What makes him so difficult to block?
COACH CUTCLIFFE: Well, he's obviously -- he's really strong. He's big. Not necessarily tall. But you know he's just a big upper-bodied guy that has extreme quickness. He has great hands. So he's a penetrator. He's what I call a disrupter.

Anybody that can penetrate your line of scrimmage as much as he's done against us, he certainly has given us many problems. I think there's no question he's an all-conference performer and I voted him that way every year.

Q. I know it's early in the conference season. Do you suspect that the parity this year is just as strong or maybe even stronger considering the rise of Syracuse and BC and your team, too?
COACH CUTCLIFFE: Yeah, I think in 11 seasons that I've been in the league, that this is as balanced as it's been, but it's been coming this way, and more and more so.

There's not a game anybody's going to play that you're going to ignore anybody; that you can ignore as a game you already got it in the left-hand column. You've got to play well. And you're going to have to play hard for 60 minutes.

And we didn't play well Saturday. And Virginia Tech did. People kind of looking at what happened. We got beat. That literally was the fact of the matter that they just played better than we played. And I thought we had prepared well. And when this parity in this league -- I told our team, welcome to the next seven games you're going to play. Every ACC game is going to be the same. It's going to require that you play as well as you can possibly play.

Q. I know after the game you talked about the frustration of not being able to run the ball as consistently as you had last week. When you look back at the tape, was that something that they did, something that you did, and how much of an emphasis have you placed on trying to get back to more consistency in the run game during the bye-week practices?
COACH CUTCLIFFE: I think probably the most (lost audio) there was a lot of eight-man coverage that they were playing. We couldn't run the ball. There were various reasons. Everybody takes credit, but it starts with me. You gotta schematically do things right. And that's my responsibility and we didn't do that as well as we should.

Then you have to physically win some battles. And at times we weren't doing that as well as we could. We got really good byes and we're better in the offensive front. But to run the football, what you have to do is be consistent. And that means everybody. That means quarterback making the right decisions, that means the head football coach making sure we're in the best position possible to get it done and then all five linemen at tight end usually somebody involved, also receivers.

I told our team: This open date next week, next week, a lot of that (indiscernible) football is just doing one thing and that's blocking well. And so we've got to continue to grow in that regard as well.

Q. Just reevaluate your team after the first five games, what did you like and what (inaudible) your team?
COACH CUTCLIFFE: We love the resiliency of our team. We love our team speed. It's very evident that we've got a lot of people that can run. We've been consistent for the most part all year long. We're not going to let one game -- we didn't play as well as we could have played in any form at Virginia Tech, but we didn't play awful. They just played extremely well and we didn't play well enough.

I think our team can find a way to be consistent. We've got a lot of weapons on both sides of the ball and we've got outstanding leadership.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

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.