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DeLauruer, White Named Duke Captains

Javin DeLaurier

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Friday that junior forwards Javin DeLaurier and Jack White will be the team’s captains for the 2018-19 season. 

The pair are two of Duke’s top returning players from the squad that went 29-8 last season and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. 

“I couldn’t pick two more worthy individuals to lead our team than Javin and Jack,” said Krzyzewski. “They have done everything we’ve asked, from the end of last year to now, to be ready to lead this team. Jack and Javin have earned the respect of our players and staff, and I’m proud to have them as captains.”

Being selected a Duke captain by Coach K is one of the most important responsibilities bestowed upon a Blue Devil. Each member of Duke’s current staff – Nate James, Jon Scheyer, Chris Carrawell and Nolan Smith – served as a captain while playing for Coach K.

“I’m honored to be selected a captain,” said White, a native of Traralgon, Victoria, Australia. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and the chance to be a captain alongside my teammate and best friend, is tremendously special.”

“It’s a tremendous honor and I’m very excited for the chance to lead this team,” said DeLaurier, a Shipman, Va., native. “We have a great group that’s capable of achieving all of our goals as long as we stick to the plan. I'm so grateful and humbled to be chosen a captain by Coach K."

No. 4-ranked Duke opens the regular season November 6 versus Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic.

Duke in Canada – What to Watch

Duke in Canada - What to Watch

Duke is set to play three games in Canada starting tomorrow evening.  With Cam Reddish and Tre Jones sidelined due to injury, here is what to watch.

R.J. Barrett will control the ball

While the starters have yet to be announced, Mike Krzyzewski said in his press conference that the ball would run through R.J. Barrett on the Canadia trip.  I asked Barrett last week if he was comfortable in that role and he said that he was.  Duke loves to play what they call positionless basketball but they have a true PG this season in Tre Jones when healthy.

Who might start?

Duke will likely go with Marques Bolden, Javin DeLaurier, R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Alex O'Connell.

Duke will seek to develop quality depth

With the aforementioned injuries, Duke will play their bench and they'll do so often,  BDN Premium members know who I projected as the season rotation, but Duke needs another body or two to become viable if there are injuries.  Jack White will get some quality time and he could be the likely candidate for added depth once the season starts,  Krzyzewski said he had lost ten pounds in the offseason,  Another source close to the situation said their goal was to get the Austrailian product to play with more confidence.  We can also expect to see Joey Baker, Antonio Vrankovic, Justin Robinson, and Jordan Goldwire see significant minutes.

Look for R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson to Shine

These guys are good and they're about to let the nation see that.  Barrett is a confident player who enjoys challenges.  He will thrive being the one who dictates action on a trip home.  Zion Williamson literally makes Coach K smile when he speaks of him.  All eyes will be on the South Carolina native and if his game translates to the college level right away.

Leaders will lead

Duke will look to Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden to lead as both enter their junior seasons.  Duke has also been getting some chatter from White and O'Connell while the talented newcomers adjust.

Don't expect a refined, perfect bunch

The Duke staff is just scratching the surface on conditioning and they have yet to put in major parts of the system.  Duke will play up-tempo this season with more man to man but this trip might not reveal how effective that can be.

Sideline Chemistry

This will be the first time we have seen this staff together.  Gone is Jeff Capel and entering is Chris Carrawell.  It will be interesting to watch how things are handled with the aforementioned along with Nate James, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith.  While Smith is not technically a coach, he plays a major role.  It is worth noting that every coach or staff member mentioned has a national championship ring while at Duke.

Duke Uses 2nd Half Surge to Scorch Notre Dame

Jack White and Grayson Allen

The No. 4 rated  Duke Blue Devils bounced back from their third defeat of the season  for a 88-66 win over Notre Dame.  The Blue Devils push their ACC record to 7-3 and stand 9-3 overall.

Duke was coming off an emotional loss to conference leader Virginia and scored their 23rd win against the Fighting Irish against 7 losses. in the series.

Duke was paced by Gary Trent Jr. who tallied a double-double 22 points and 10 rebounds.  Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski praised his game as efficient.

Grayson Allen also drew his coaches praise, where Krzyzewski said he played his best game in his last several outings.  Allen finished the game with a team high 8 assists to go with 18 points.

Wendell Carter Jr. added 17 points and 7 rebounds as he continued his consistent play.  Trevon Duval knocked down the games most critical three-point shot when Duke needed it most.  The freshman PG struggled in the 1st half but ended the game with 12 points and 4 assists.

Marvin Bagley III coming off his sixth ACC Rookie of the Week honor had an off night by his standards with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

The story of the game for Duke was the spark Jack White gave the team off the bench.  "It's great when you get that kind of performance from a player you are not expecting it from," said Krzyzewski.

White finished the game with 7 points and 5 rebounds as the Cameron Crazies chanted his name on several occasions.

Duke also gained he services of Marques Bolden back after missing several games due to injury.

The Blue Devils dominated the boards with a 43-27 edge. The Irish struggled from the three-point stripe in the second half as Duke led by 30 points at one point.

A battered Notre Dame team hung tight for much of the game but with three key players out, they were no match for Duke on their home floor.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski notched his 1090th win which is the most of any coach in NCAA history.

The Blue Devils will now enjoy a few days off before taking on St. Johns in their last non conference game of the season this coming Saturday.  That game will be played New York and tips off at noon on the Fox Network.