Duke freshmen point guard, Trevon Duval, is in a race to get better before the season starts. The athletically talented young man will be given the keys to drive the team from day one. Duval is learning how to play with a lot of talent around him and to be a better distributor to his teammates.
So, what is up so far this year? I know you are glad to be here and are looking forward to playing against somebody other than Duke players.
It's fun being here on the Duke campus and playing with all these great players, And yeah, you're right, it does get tiring playing against just your teammates, so I am very excited for the season.
There is a lot of pressure for a freshmen -- having the ball in your hands from day one, Krzyzewski says he likes what he sees right now, but that he will like what he sees down the road a bit even better, Talk about how you will go about handling that.
I am kind of starting off new as a freshman this year. As time goes on I am going to get better. I am learning a lot of from Coach (K), Grayson (Allen) and a lot of the older players, so in a couple of weeks from now I am going to be a lot better and smarter with the ball.
I followed you in high school, so I know you're a very explosive player. And you are playing on a team with a lot of explosive guys. What is it going to be like to play point guard with that many weapons and guys who can all throw down dunks?
It's going to be a lot of fun. It is going to be a lot of fun with a lot of highlight reels and a lot of fastbreaks. We are very long and athletic and that is going to get a lot of stops on defense and lead to a lot of highlights.
Trevon, how would you describe your game in your own words, if you were scouting yourself?
I would say play maker, especially on this team -- a play maker for everyone, get everybody shots and make everyone around me better. Taking and making my shots when I can.
Obviously, you are going to be playing a lot with Grayson Allen and Gary Trent. What has it been like playing with those guys?
I love playing with both of them, honestly. They make the game a lot easier for me. Whenever I drive, they help me out for there is an easy kick and it is pretty much automatic for both of them. So, playing with them, I will hopefully get a lot of assists.
The Duke Basketball team held their media day this afternoon. I was fortunate enough to talk to incoming freshmen, Marvin Bagley III one on one as the event started. I would be later followed by ESPN the magazine who is doing an article on him in the near future. Shortly thereafter, the media throng descended upon him
So the Q & A ahead will not be what you are seeing in the various videos which will come out in the next couple of days.
So, how has life been since you've been on campus?
It's been great. Meeting new people and seeing more and more of the school I didn't see before. I am just enjoying taking it all in one day at a time and I am having fun while doing it.
What other players have impressed you the most on this team?
Everybody. Everybody is working together. We're still trying to figure out each other but I am impressed with how hard we've been playing. We still have a way to go but it is coming together for us, so I'm really excited at how good we can be.
What has been the biggest adjustment for you so far?
The speed. The speed of the game. It's a lot different from high school basketball. With me just getting in and learning different plays and things, I have to learn it on the fly and fast. So that is one thing I'm adjusting to, but I am doing a good job, I think, so I just have to keep it going.
I guess it has been kind of cool having family around with your Dad being from Durham?
Oh yeah. It's been real good seeing them and family is always important to me.
What has Coach K's message been to you so far?
Just play together. Take what we do individually and try to mold it into one team. It is not I, it is we. He just wants us to keep playing hard and together and make the game easier.
You guys are itching to play against somebody other than one another, right?
(Emphatic laugh) Yeah. We are definitely ready.
Who do you go up most against in practice?
We are switching up all the time, but I usually go up against Wendell (Carter), Marques, JRob...I may even guard a smaller guy, so we are always switching it up a little bit and that is what makes the game so fun and exciting.
What assistant coaches have been working with you the most?
Coach Nate (James), Coach (Jeff) Capel. They have been doing stuff with me before practice and watching some film after and stuff. I am working on my mid range game and a lot of different stuff.
You will likely drift out to the three-point line I assume, or do you think that will happen?
I mean I'm just going to take what the game gives me. I work on that stuff, I work on my threes and everything else. So, if I get the chance in the game to take that shot, I will take it. They just told me to do what I do, play hard and just play the game and don't think. So, whenever I get a shot I will take it.
Have you ever played on a team with this many big guys? I mean that has to be sort of a luxury. Will it be hard for you guys to figure each other out?
Yeah, it is my first time actually playing with multiple big guys. So it is an adjustment for me personally. I am going to be out on the wing a lot now and just being able to switch it up more. That is one thing I am excited about -- expanding my game to the wing and becoming an all around player. To be able to have enough big guys to allow me to do that is amazing.
Will you get out in the passing lanes more, trying to use your length?
Yeah, just playing the game. Getting a jump on the ball and getting hands on the ball...just trying to play basketball and get steals and go the other way and get some easy buckets.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
(Slight pause for thought) I am just looking forward to my first game. My first game ever in Cameron is exciting for me. I think about that every day. Just being able to go out there and finally play against somebody else and play together. I am really looking forward to that.
How do you guys get along off the court. Are you guys pretty tight?
Oh yeah. Off the court, everybody are brothers. As people say we are the brotherhood. Off the court we hang out and laugh with each other and play NBA 2-K.
Just being able to be a college student you learn. You see a lot of different things being in college.
You played with Chris Paul. Some people assume you can just waltz in here and everything is easy for you. What has been the hardest thing for you?
Just practices. We practice all the time and really hard. It is way different from high school but it is at a very different speed everyday. So, you just have to drink a lot of water and make sure your body is right.
You got the Slam magazine cover recently. Is that kind of cool? How does than make you feel, overall?
It's a blessing being able to see my face on a magazine. I am lost for words, but at the end of the day I can't let it get to me. There are bigger things I am trying to accomplish and I understand that. My focus is on coming out here and doing whatever I can to help this team win.
One last thing. Your Dad has always been able to keep you grounded. He has had this whole thing mapped out. He won;t let you let, you, how can I say this -- get a big head. I think a lot of people are surprised when they talk to you how down to earth you are and the focus you have on the big picture.
It's all bigger than this -- bigger than basketball. Basketball is going to end some day, so I just have to stay humble and while I can, play this game.
• Duke opens the 2012-13 season Friday against Georgia State at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will air on ESPNU with tipoff scheduled for 7:02 p.m.
• Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will call the contest for ESPNU.
• Duke is ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll and No. 8 and in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Georgia State is not ranked in either poll.
• The Blue Devils have won 12 straight season-opening contests including 10 of 12 victories by 10 points or more.
• Duke has won 94 straight non-conference home games, the longest current streak in the NCAA and one shy of matching the school record.
• Friday’s contest marks Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,219th career game, fourth-most in NCAA history. He is entering his 38th season as a head coach (33rd season at Duke).
• Coach K has led the Blue Devils to 16 consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins, the second-longest active streak in the NCAA.
Duke-Georgia State Series
• Friday’s contest is the first meeting between the schools.
Duke vs. the Colonial Athletic Association
• Duke is 39-3 all-time against teams currently in the CAA, including a 22-0 mark under Mike Krzyzewski.
• Duke has a +23.0 average margin of victory in its 22 wins over current CAA teams under Coach K. The Blue Devils have won 18 of the 22 contests by 10 or more points.
• The Blue Devils have won 27 straight games against teams currently in the CAA. Duke’s last loss to an active CAA team was an 85-82 road defeat to William & Mary on Feb. 19, 1953.
• Duke lost to VCU, 79-77, in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament when the Rams were a member of the CAA. VCU left the conference this year to join the Atlantic 10.
l Duke, ranked No. 8 in the AP Preseason Poll, has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll for 94 consecutive weeks. The last time Duke was not ranked in the top 10 was Nov. 19, 2007.
l Duke is 78-29 all-time in season openers, including a 30-2 mark under Coach K.
l The Blue Devils have won 12 straight season openers. The last loss in a season opener came in 1999 when Duke opened the season with a 80-79 loss to Stanford in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City.
l The Blue Devils have won 30 consecutive home
openers and are 31-1 in home openers under Mike Krzyzewski. Duke’s last loss in a home opener was a 76-75 double-overtime defeat to Vanderbilt on Nov. 28, 1982.
l Duke returns 45.8 percent of its scoring from last season, including three double-figure scorers in Seth Curry (13.2 ppg.), Ryan Kelly (11.8 ppg.) and Mason Plumlee (11.1 ppg.).
l Senior Seth Curry is averaging 15.0 points per game in his two season-opening games at Duke. He is 8-of-10 from three-point range in the two contests.
l Senior Mason Plumlee is the leading returning rebounder in the ACC with 726 career rebounds. He also has 17 career double-doubles to lead all ACC returnees.
l Seth Curry has made 64 three-point field goals in each of his two seasons at Duke. He enters the 2012-13 season with at least one made three-point field goal in 14 straight games. Curry missed a significant portion of the 2012-13 preseason while resting a lower right leg injury.
l Freshmen Amile Jefferson (13.0 ppg) and Rasheed Sulaimon (16.0 ppg.) combined to average 29.0 points per game in Duke’s two exhibition contests. The rookie tandem was 23-of-39 (.590) from the field in exhibition play.
l Mason Plumlee recorded double-doubles in both exhibition games for the Blue Devils, averaging 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two wins. He shot 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the field and 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the free throw line in the two contests.
l Duke has had five double-figure scorers in each of its last three season openers.
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball team will be in Fayetteville on Oct. 15 for a preseason training and practice session at Fort Bragg. The Blue Devils will stay in the barracks on Sunday, Oct. 14 in preparation for a day of military-style training and practice.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to train and practice at Fort Bragg,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “It will be a unique experience for our guys to go through PT and the obstacle courses. We are looking forward to the training session as well as practicing in front of the military personnel.”
Duke will participate in morning formations, flag raising and physical training along with roughly 20 soldiers from the base. The PT session will include a stretch, push-ups, sit-ups as well as a two-mile run and will be led by a sergeant major from Fort Bragg. The team also will tackle a pair of obstacle course on the base prior to holding an afternoon practice at Funk Gym.
The final hour of the practice will be open to military personal and Krzyzewski is expected to address the crowd following practice. He is also scheduled to talk to a group of roughly 300 military leaders at the Pope movie theatre prior to returning to Durham.
Duke opens the 2012-13 season on Friday, Oct. 12 with its annual preseason media day and an evening practice.
The N.C. Pro-Am kicked it into high gear last evening, and several Blue Devils were in the middle of the action, including incoming freshman Amile Jefferson. BDN Video caught up to Jefferson after the game for a brief interview: