Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles Jr. opened their NBA careers in the summer league last evening by leading the Sacramento Kings to a win over the Lakers
Bagley went 6-11 for 19 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in 25 minutes of action. Giles went 6-10 for 13 points and also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 1 steal in 25 minutes of play as well.
The Kings play the Golden State Warriors at 11 tonight. Mike Stone will be covering the Duke rookies for Blue Devil Nation this week and into the season. Hear what Bagley and Giles had to say post game below.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Duke men's basketball matched a program record with four selections during the 2018 NBA Draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, including two of the top seven picks and three first-round selections.
Freshman Marvin Bagley III went second overall to the Sacramento Kings, while classmate Wendell Carter, Jr. went seventh to the Chicago Bulls. Senior Grayson Allen joined Bagley and Carter in the first round as the 21st pick by the Utah Jazz, running the Blue Devils’ total to 44 all-time first-round picks – the third-best total in history.
Bagley and Carter coming off the board in the lottery now gives head coach Mike Krzyzewski 25 lottery selections – extending the record for most lottery picks for a school and coach. Duke has boasted a top-3 pick in each of the last five NBA Drafts, surpassing the record of four straight by UCLA between 1974 and 1977.
Rounding out the four Blue Devils in the Draft was freshmen Gary Trent, Jr., who was drafted by Sacramento in the second round with the 37th overall pick and traded to the Portland Trailblazers. Duke previously had four draft picks in 1986, 1999 and 2017.
The Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in 31 of 38 drafts under Krzyzewski. Coach K has tutored a total of 61 draft picks since taking over the Duke program in 1980, including a Draft-record 38 first-round selections.
The Blue Devils have produced 18 first-round picks in the last 10 seasons, including at least one in each of the last eight years. Thirteen of Duke’s last 15 picks, and 20 of the last 25, have come in the first round, including 13 lottery picks.
Coach K on Bagley:
“Marvin was as good as anyone in college basketball last season. A high double-double guy, and no one runs – as a big guy – any better. He’s shown he can put the ball on the floor, and he can shoot. He’s just going to get better. He’s a position-less big guy, which in today’s NBA is important.”
Coach K on Carter
“With Wendell, you have that double-double guy, who faced the basket for the first time once he got here to Duke. He can really shoot, and I liken him a lot to Al Horford – he’s taller, but he has a huge upside. He’s an incredible passer for any position, but especially for a big guy. He’s an easy kid to coach and fun to be around every day.”
Coach K on Grayson Allen:
“In Grayson, you have a 22-year-old mature player. His body of work is there. No player that I can think of has been scrutinized more than him, and has come through it on a huge upside. An almost 2,000-point scorer, an All-American, an Academic All-American, but he has shown he can score the ball. He’s one of the best shooters in the draft, but he can also be a combo – he’s an off-the-charts athlete. He fits in really well in today’s NBA.”
Coach K on Trent
“Gary is physically ready to play in the league, and he has a huge upside. He is a tremendous shooter. He can really compliment really good players, and he can be an asset to a team right away with his ability to score.” Duke in the Draft
• Duke has produced a total of 94 NBA Draft picks since 1952.
• Duke has had 61 draft picks under head coach Mike Krzyzewski (since 1981), fourth-most nationally over that time.
• The Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in 19 of the last 21 NBA Drafts, including 30 first-round picks.
• Duke has had at least one player taken in 31 of the 38 NBA Drafts in the Krzyzewski Era.
• Duke players have been selected by 29 of the 30 NBA teams all-time.
• The team to have drafted the most Blue Devils is Detroit (nine), followed by seven for Chicago, and six each for Golden State and Boston. Toronto remains the only team yet to draft a Duke player.
Duke in the First Round
• Duke’s 45 first-round selections are third most all-time, including 38 under Coach K.
• Coach K's 38 first-round picks are the most by a college coach in the history of the NBA Draft.
• Duke has produced a top-3 pick in five consecutive NBA Drafts to set a draft record. The previous record was held by UCLA (1974-77).
• Duke’s 25 NBA lottery picks – all coached by Coach K – are the most by both a college program and college coach.
• An NCAA-leading 20 lottery selections have come from Duke since 1999.
• In the Lottery Era (since 1985), Duke has produced 12 top-three picks; the next-closest total nationally is four (each by Georgetown, LSU, Ohio State, Kansas and Kentucky).
• Duke's 14 top-10 picks since 2000 are the most in the nation in that timeframe, leading Kentucky (12), Connecticut (8), Arizona (8) and Kansas (7).
• Duke has produced at least one first-round pick in each of the last eight years.
There is plenty of reason for Duke Basketball fans to tune into the NBA Draft which will be held at Barclays Center in New York tomorrow evening.
The draft will start at 7:00 with the Phoenix Suns on the board and it will not take long before we hear a Blue Devils name called.
In fact, five Duke Blue Devils are expected to go in the NBA Draft where the team is losing their entire starting lineup.
You may have seen in the news recently where Marvin Bagley III signed a deal with Puma. To do so, players have to have agents in place and in the case of Bagley, he has secured the services of Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management. Bagley is expected to be a big part of a Puma campaign to promote its brand. They recently signed his former high school teammate DeAndre Ayton while naming Jay-Z as president of Puma Basketball.
A player who is destined to go in the lottery with Bagley is WendellCarter Jr. Carter has signed with Mike Seigal of Impact Sports Management.
Four year Duke standout Grayson Allen has signed with Mitch Nathan of CAA Sports. He is in good hands in that he represents NBA standouts, Karl Anthony-Towns and Victor Oladipo.
Gary Trent Jr. has signed with Daniell Cantor of FAME. She is one of the most accomplished female agents who has worked closely with David Falk. She most recently represented Malcolm Brogdon who played at Virginia and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Trevon Duval has inked with Raymond Brothers of IAM Sports. Among his clients are Markelle Fultz who was last season's top overall pick.
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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What best describes the mood surrounding Duke Basketball at this point in the season? I will take a look-see at that question and more by sharing some thoughts on the Blue Devils.
I see you, Grayson Allen
Grayson Allen is in a good place right now. He has been all smiles of late and for good reason. His game is coming together full circle and at the right time in the season. Allen is leading his team and has come out of his admitted somewhat shy shell to command and tell players where to be on the court. Allen is at his best when the ball goes through him and the team as a whole seems better off as well. Allen has beamed in consecutive games while talking in the ESPN post game interviews as the player of the game. I see you're happy, Grayson Allen.
I see you, defense
Duke has been playing some darn good defense of late. It has been mainly zone but Mike Krzyzewski may go to man at anytime to shake things up. The head man said that Duke communicated better in the zone with concern on where to be on the court during his post game press conference. As a bystander, I agree. The Blue Devils have held three consecutive ACC opponents to under 60 points for the first time since 1980-81. I see you, Duke defense.
I see you staff
The Duke staff is in serious mode these days and they are pushing the right buttons of late. Not only are they recruiting like crazy when eyes are not on them, but they have made the right adjustments with a young team. Whatever tweaks they have made, the team is in a good place mentally and physically at this time. I see you working, Duke staff.
I see you, Wendell Carter Jr.
I notice you led the team in assists last evening while almost garnering a double-double. Carter has become a steady player who shows up in every game. He has learned to play tired at times with Bagley out and that has only made him better. It is hard not to miss Momma Carter behind the Duke bench cheering her son on. It is a reminder of how the Duke family works. I see you crashing Allen's ESPN interview last night, Wendell. We all know you are a big part of the recent success.
I see you, Gary Trent Jr.
Gary Trent Jr. is at his best when he allows the game to come to him. He is also very consistent as a true freshman. Trent scored in double figures for the 22nd time this season in the win over Louisville. He finds ways of helping his team and is a hard worker when it comes to improving his game. I see the work you are putting in, Gary Trent Jr.
I see you, Trevon Duval
Duval had an off shooting night, but he had more assists than turnovers while leading the team in steals with five. He also grabbed six rebounds from his guard spot and we all know Krzyzewski wanted his guards to hit the boards better. I see you slithering in the passing lanes for steals and protecting the ball more, Trevon Duval.
I see you, Marvin Bagley III
Marvin Bagley III is a part of conspiracy theories these days. If you go on the message boards, some pretty active imaginations are at work. But Bagley is shooting around and is close to coming back sooner rather than later. His dad is behind the Duke bench cheering as if his son were playing and they both know the comeback will be worth the wait as should you. I see you about to reenter the Duke lineup, Marvin Bagley.
I see you, Marques Bolden
Bolden is showing flashes of what many know the big man can do. He had some great moments last night (8 pts, 5 rebs, 1 blk) and some tape will show him that similar play will lead to good things. He is putting together some very efficient minutes. I see you improving and becoming a factor, Marques Bolden.
I see you, Duke cast
Javin DeLaurier has averaged 9.0 rebounds per game in his two starts. His energy can make things happen. Meanwhile, Jack White has been logging great minutes as well. Even Alex O'Connell dropped 2 assists in 7 minutes of play. I see you guys.
I see the better free throw shooting
I think we have all noticed Duke has been efficient from the free throw stripe of late. The team went a phenomenal 15 of 16 last evening. I see the work, Blue Devils.
I see you, togetherness
Duke has been playing with great chemistry of late and seems to be building upon that in each time out. They have played big time defense, looked good in their half court offense, had a solid rotation and are having fun while competing. And when you have fun playing the game, the weight of the season lifts. Despite going through a brutal stretch of their schedule, Duke seems fresh with three regular season games remaining. I see you having fun and competing for a full forty minutes, Duke Basketball.
The Associated Press college basketball top 25 poll was released today where Duke moved up seven spots to become the nations 5th ranked team.
As usual, the Duke haters questioned how the Blue Devils could make such a jump in the rankings. And as always, the facts are right in front of them.
The Blue Devils won consecutive conference games over Virginia Tech and Clemson. Both of these teams are NCAA Tournament bound and are considered consensus op 30 teams. Meanwhile, almost every team ahead of Duke stumbled.
Duke won games via their much improved defense which is a sure sign that the team is improving and on the rise as the regular season winds down.
In the win over Virginia Tech, Duke unleashed a new version of their zone defense which caught the Hokies off guard. And trust me, Virginia Tech is a good offensive team, so that lopsided win was a huge notch in the Blue Devils belt.
Duke then followed that win up with another grinding style win over Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum. Considering the Blue Devils were the first team to defeat the Tigers at home this season while holding them to 57 points was impressive.
In the last two wins, Duke had held its formidable competition to just 54.5 ppg. And that is a huge improvement from what was happening a few weeks ago.
These Blue Devils are also starting to play much better half court offense. In fact, Krzyzewski and his staff knows to win games in March you will play a grinding style at times.
That grinding style which Duke has been good at of late grooms much-needed mental toughness. This is especially the case with a team full of freshman who are asked to become older than their years by making wise on court decisions on every play.
And then there is the play of Duke's team captain, Grayson Allen. In his last few games, Allen has looked like his old self. After being in a bit of a slump, Allen is now vocally leading his teammates on both ends of the floor.
"In the last two years he has led us in assists each season, so he is accustomed to making passes. He is much more mature as a player -- he's a smart player," stated Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
He was alluding to the fact that his team has now developed more individually and that opened the door back up to get the ball in Allen's hands.
Krzyzewski continued, "We are putting him now in charge of a more veteran group of freshman. He is a lot better and it has helped Trevon too. He can go out on the side and also play on top."
Allen flat-out kept Duke in the game against Clemson in the first half and his defense of late is has been outstanding. Allen had 4 steals in the game against Clemson as did his teammate Trevon Duval.
Speaking of Duval, he had one of his better games of the season in his last outing You may have also noticed that he played at the top of the zone in the win at Clemson. This was a switch off with Allen who manned to top versus Virginia Tech.
The bottom line is that the zone is getting better or at least staying consistent. Add that to Allens improvement and Duvals acceptance of a different role and it once again points to improvement.
The list of positives continues. Duke has succeeded of late without the services of the likely ACC Player of the Year, Marvin Bagley III. His absence has afforded Duke the chance to design other players roles.
Wendell Carter Jr. has learned top play tired during this stretch. He will also benefit from the return of Bagley in that he can no longer be double teamed.
Duke has also seen its bench step up and give truly meaningful minutes. Marques Bolden is logging good time and has become a respect shot blocker and a good finisher.
JavinDeLaurier grabbed 10 rebounds in his first collegiate start and has earned the praise of his head coach. And Jack White and Alex O'Connell have both filled in admirably at times as well.
Duke has also been hitting their free throws of late and making the three-point shot where Gary Trent Jr. is always a threat. Trent consistently puts up good stats at times plays mature beyond his years.
With the expected return of Marvin Bagley on the horizon, there is a bright future for Duke. That is as long as he is able to return in time to take care of easing back into the new-found team chemistry.
There is no timetable on Bagley per Krzyzewski, but he is getting better. "It is not day-to-day but in some respects it is. He is moving and I will know more today, He is getting better and we're going to make sure that he is completely good before we get into March," said Krzyzewski during his Monday press conference with the ACC.
Duke will take on Louisville and Syracuse in home games this week and the team has four regular season battles left. The team has a golden opportunity to take care of business at home.
So, while Duke is certainly worthy of their rise in the rankings, they must take another step in the process. That points to simple consistency and continued forty minute effort and communication.
If the Blue Devils can take it one game at a time, protect their home floor with wins, then once again, next week, they'll remain a team on the rise,