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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.

Duke Locker Room Video Interviews

Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter and Javin DeLaurier had a few things to say after the huge Duke win over Iona.  Check out what they had to say -

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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.

Bolden, DeLaurier Out for Duke

Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden will miss time for Duke.

Marques Bolden will miss his second consecutive game when Duke takes on Pitt this Wednesday evening.  And now we can add Javin DeLaurier to the injury list as well.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed both players would be out against the Panthers in the Blue Devils next road ACC game.

Bolden suffered an MCL sprain during a recent practice and could miss the Wake Forest game as well, per Krzyzewski.

DeLaurier has been battled a hamstring injury for much the season. He missed Duke’s game against Evansville on Dec. 20 and has not played as many minutes as the staff would like.  The sophomore forward will be day-to-day moving forward with concern to his return.

Duke may look to Antonio Vrankovic to feel in for some minutes and the Blue Devils will once again be forced to play their starters significant minutes.

Duke will tip-off against Pitt at 7:00 on ESPN 2 this Wednesday.  The Blue Devils stand 1-2 in the ACC and 13-2 overall.  Duke is currently ranked 7th in the A.P.  Top 25 Basketball poll. Pitt is seeking their first ACC win of the season and is 8-8 overall.