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The first Mike Krzyzewski coached Duke team to take an offseason foreign trip was the 1983 group to France. Freshman at that time could not make the journey per NCAA rules, but that has now changed.
Thank goodness for said changes, in that Duke will rely heavily on freshman this season and two of them in Tre Jones and Cam Reddish will be sidelined for their upcoming Canadian trip.
It was announced earlier today, that Cam Reddish is hobbled by a groin injury and that Tre Jones had yet to recover fully from an issue with his hip. While both players will be ready to go for the season and are participating in some drills, Krzyzewski will err on the side of caution and sit his prized freshman but did call the injuries minor.
Duke has completed seven of ten allowed practices to date. "So far, I couldn't be more pleased with the chemistry that has developed and these guys have been really fun to coach," said Krzyzewski.
Krzyzewski also said they have not been pushing conditioning as of yet, stating that his team was in decent shape but the staff did not want to push them too early. "For this trip, it is impossible to put in your entire system, so we are trying to keep it simple and see how our guys play."
As for the veterans, Krzyzewski said that Javin DeLaurier has played great and not just good. And that Marques Bolden was healthy and adjusting to a new position and how he will be used.
Other notes from his press conference were that Jack White has lost ten pounds and is shooting the ball better per Krzyzewski and Alex O'Connell has been playing well.
The Duke coach also said the team would run a different offense this season with five men out and more motion. And there was a strong hint that the team would get back to playing some man to man defense.
Before Kryzewsski came out for the media, R.J. Barrett took to the podium. He was asked if there were instances where he could run the point as a lead ball handler in which he said yes. Krzyzewski would later say that as well, "Having those two guys (Jones, Reddish) out will hurt our ball handling for the trip and there will be more emphasis with R.J. being out there. Alex O'Connell will help and Zion (Williamson) will be all over the place "
Krzyzewski also said this years group would be good defensively and that they would do a lot of things differently than a season ago on offense where he expects the players to have the freedom to create.
Duke will leave for the Toronto area on Sunday where they will play three games in six days.
August 15, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Game 1 vs. Ryerson University Hershey Centre
August 17, 2018, 6 p.m. ET Game 2 vs. University of Toronto Hershey Centre
August 19, 2018, 3 p.m. ET Game 3 vs. McGill University Place Bell
Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed today that incoming freshman Tre Jones and Cam Reddish will not play in their upcoming Canadian trip.
According to Krzyzewski, Reddish is nursing a groin injury while Jones is still not fully recovered from a hip injury. It was also mentioned that both players were currently participating in some of the seven practices to date including drills.
Both players will be ready to go when practice starts in October per Krzyzewski and neither injury is expected to affect either player long term.
There is no question who will run the point this coming basketball season for Duke. Another Jones is in town and he's been working on his game and leading a new group of Blue Devils.
Tre Jones is following in his brothers footsteps and those are some big shoes to fill. Tyus Jones simply led Duke to their last National Championship, earning the name "Stones." while nailing a key three point shot before his team's celebration.
Let me go ahead and tell you, when you have a Jones running a team, good things are bound to happen. Unlike his brother, Tre Jones is probably more athletic and stronger coming in. He had the luxury of watching his brother while at Duke, not to mention gaining experience from him as a tutor.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tre was more prepared than Tyus coming in during his press conference at the Emily K Center. And that comment should excite Duke fans.
"Not to put any pressure on him I would agree with Coach," said Tyus Jones during the Coach K Academy. He continued, "He is definitely ahead of where I was and he just has to continue to advance."
Tre Jones has clearly been given the keys to dirve the team this season. Here is the interview with Tre Jones -
So,what is it like to be on the Duke campus?
It's been amazing so far. Just being around here and other guys that have been through here already is a lot of fun.
Coach K was talking about your game earlier today at the Emily K Center. He said you were very advanced and when you passed the ball it was to places that would score. Talk a little bit about that and your brother Tyus.
Right. Yeah, just growing up and watching him, that's something he always did extremely well. For myself, I just try to watch a lot of basketball year round and some of the top players in the world. So, that is just something I take from other people's game.
He also said you were more advance than Tyus coming in ...
Right. It is probably just from watching him so much and learning everything he went through before. So, there are some things I will get a jump on. He has been a big influence on my game.
How does your mom (Debbie) feel about being able to come back and watch Duke games again? She is probably getting use to campus.
She is. She is just extremely blessed. And that is something she says all the time how blessed she is. So, that's definitely how she is feeling.
What are the coaches telling you to work on and or how to have interchanges with the players?
I am just working on all aspects of my game to be able to come in here and have an impact right away. I know that in order for that to happen I just have to work on everything.
On the upcoming trip to Canada ...
It should be a lot of fun to take the trip even before the school year gets started. I think it will be a big chance for bonding as well; not just on the floor but off it as well. Just being away from family and away from friends and being around each other will be a good experience.
Have you been talking with the other freshman a lot and if so what do you talk about?
Right. We talk daily and it has just been great so far. We all want to win and that is out main objective just to win. We have a great friendship coming in and we just want to work right away.
On playing where Tyus did and a possible shadow ...
People say I follow in his footsteps but I mean this has always been my dream school to come here and play for Coach K. It was the best fit for me, myself. So just choosing to come here was one of the best chances to win a championship and that is one of my main goals at Duke.
Closing comment - Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that the ball does not stick in Tre Jones hands. What that means is that he believes in ball movement be it advancing the ball or immediately hitting open scorers. Tre likes to drive to the hoop more than his brother Tyus but he will face a lot of zone at Duke with athletic cutters on his team. He will need to learn how to bust zones from the outside as well. All in all, Duke has a true point guard who does not let emotion dictate his play. Like his brother Tyus, he plays the game in a cool manner and under control.
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The Duke men's basketball staff has been busy of late on the recruiting trail. Today, Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff are visiting Vernon Carey Jr. in Florida. The 2019 Power Forward is s sure thing prospect. For more on who Duke has visited lately and some other interesting information on Carey, join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our two for one membership special.
Two future Blue Devils will also be on display today during the Jordan Brand Classic which tips off at 5:00 on ESPN. Tre Jones and Cam Reddish will suit up for the moe squad in today's contest. Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were scheduled to play on the same squad but will sit out the event. Williamson has his thumb in a cast for three weeks after injuring it at the McDonald's All American game. Barrett has had an extraordinarily busy schedule and will sit out the event. All of the current Duke signees have been select to play in the Nike Hoop Summit which starts next week. Blue Devil Nation expects Williamson to sit out that event as well but it is likely Barrett will play.
Duke lost Gary Trent Jr. to the NBA yesterday. We dreamed of a rekindled backcourt of Tre Jones and Trent whom played together on the AAU circuit and in high school. But Trent is a hard worker who is mature beyond his years and ready for the challenge. Duke will miss his three-point accuracy and mental toughness. He joins Marvin Bagely III and Trevon Duval as Blue Devils who will enter the draft. We should hear news from Wendell Carter Jr. soon. Carter is a projected lottery pick. All of these players gave their hearts and soul to Duke which fell just short of the Final Four as Grayson Allen's shot rimmed out. As for Allen, he is currently speaking with agents as are others.
The off-season is a busy time for Duke Basketball. All Star games are winding down while recruiting is still going on. Duke will soon start their exit interviews with players after class completes for the semester. More on that and much else on the Blue Devil Nation message board.
In short, Duke Basketball never stops.
Three future Duke Blue Devils have been selected to the USA Basketball team that will compete in the Nike Hoop Summit. Tre Jones joins Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson in the game which takes place on April 13th in Portland, Oregon.
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