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10 Random Thoughts on Duke Basketball Volume 6

10 Random Thoughts on Duke Basketball - an in season team and program update. Welcome to volume 6.

Well, I can't tell you how many times Duke basketball  has played 9:00 games in late January on  the road at Winston Salem.   The result was nice for the Blue Devil faithful but these games are no fun for the team due to travel and early morning classes.  And with that said, lets jump into the sixth edition of 10 Random Thoughts on Duke Basketball.

The most important thing we learned last night...

...was that the young team is learning how to handle their business on the road.  Duke has now won five consecutive conference games and more importantly, three of those wins have come on the road.  The team is getting better after the lessons they learned in losses to Boston College and N.C. State on the road.  The resurgence has positioned the team in sole possession of 3rd place in a tough 14 team league.

Who played well and who didn't

Firstly, Grayson Allen comes to mind.  He is still struggling a bit with his shot but put up a big time stat line while running the team.  By his running the team, that obviously means that Trevon Duval did not have a good game.  In fact, Duval had perhaps his worst game of the season.  Gary Trent Jr. has been playing his best basketball of the season since the loss to N.C. State.  And all Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III did was once again tallying double-doubles.  And then Alex O'Connell came off the bench to play 20 minutes of good ball.  As for Javin DeLaurier, he still seems to be getting back into the flow of things upon his return from injury.

The Stand

No, I am not talking about the title of a Stephen King book.  I am speaking to the fact that Duke has perhaps their most important home stand of the season coming up this Saturday and then Monday night.  And their opponents will be #2 Virginia and conference nemesis Notre Dame.  Cameron needs to be on point.

Speaking of the Virginia game

It is not often the home crowd in Cameron or anywhere else are treated to a top 5 match up.  But that is what we get this Saturday and there is plenty of incentive for the Blue Devils in this contest.  Lets start with the fact that Virginia is undefeated in the league and atop the standings ranked #2 in the nation.  Duke Basketball can flip the script with concern to the ranking and pull within a game in the standings with a win.

The keys to a win will be ...

Well, Virginia is good on defense.  And they knock down their free throws.  Quite simply Duke must have great shot selection in this game for possessions need to count.  When teams miss, the Cavaliers can make you pay with a slow methodical style.  And Duke must limit their opponents trips to the free throw stripe.  It would bode well for Duke to get a working margin or lead in this game while limiting their turnovers.  Perhaps no other player thanTrevon Duval who struggled in his last outing, will be more important.  He'll need to play under control and watch for the traps.

Future Dukies played well on Tuesday

After his verbal commitment to Duke, Zion Williamson went off for 37 points in Spartanburg Day’s (S.C.) 87-38 win over Oakbrook Prep.  Tre Jones went for 24 points as his No. 5 Eagles beat visiting Lakeville South.  Oh, and he had double figures in rebounding and assists for a triple double.  Yeah, he is a Jones.  BTW, Duke will not have its 76th McDonald's All American game participant this coming March in Williamson and the aforementioned 2018 class.

A heads up

NCAA Tournament tickets are on sale at all locations and they are running some early specials.  Duke basketball fans may want to consider looking into the region in Charlotte that takes place on March 16th through the 18th. Yes, that is a hint and the teams goal on where they want to play.  Some key dates -

Selection Sunday N/A March 11
First Four Dayton March 13-14
First/Second Pittsburgh March 15 & 17
First/Second Wichita March 15 & 17
First/Second Dallas March 15 & 17
First/Second Boise March 15 & 17
First/Second Charlotte March 16 & 18
First/Second Detroit March 16 & 18
First/Second Nashville March 16 & 18
First/Second San Diego March 16 & 18
Midwest Regional Omaha March 23 & 25
West Regional Los Angeles March 22 & 24
South Regional Atlanta March 22 & 24
East Regional Boston March 23 & 25

 

Here is a link for tickets.

It goes fast from here

While some are caught up in next seasons recruiting class, this years team is way to fun to watch....so pay attention and beam into the present.  Duke will be a major factor heading down the stretch as we enter the halfway point of the ACC season.  One of the most incredible talents in the land in Marvin Bagley III is special, so enjoy him while you can.  The other freshman starters are all doing their thing as well and the senior leadership of Grayson Allen and his last home game against UNC will be here before you can blink an eye.

I was asked about Virginia at Duke tickets

It generally starts, "Hey, do you know anyone..."  Yes, somebody asked me if I knew of any #2 Virginia at #4 Duke tickets in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  FTR, there is one ticket left on Stub Hub for five hundred bucks.  The rest are going much higher than that.  Vivid Seats has them from $579.00 per ticket to $789.00.  FTR, face value on most Duke tickets is close to one hundred bucks. which is likely most expensive in America these days.   If you have won the lottery recently, you might look into Grayson Allen's Senior Day game against North Carolina to close out the regular season.

Several columns coming

There are two columns coming to bluedevilnation.net this week.  One will be on Zion Williamson to Duke and the other will be titled you heard it here first, but we cannot divulge what that will be about just yet. We are also running a special through the end of the month on Blue Devil Nation Premium where we double your membership for the usual price.  For those who have recently subscribed, be sure to sign up for the message board as well for more information.

Duke Trio Named to McDonald’s All American Team

The McDonald's All American team was officially announced today and three Duke Blue Devils to be will participate in the prestigious contest.

Tre Jones, a 6-2, 180 pound point guard from St. Paul, Minnesota (Apple Valley) made the team.  He follows in the footsteps of his brother, Tyus Jones who played in the game and eventually helped lead Duke to a National Championship.

Cam Reddish, a 6-8, 215 pound SF from Norristown, PA (Westin School is on the roster as well.  Reddish recently scored 25 points in his teams close loss to IMG Academy.  He plays center on defense and basically his high school teams PG on offense out of necessity.

RJ Barrett, a 6-7 190 pound SF from Mississauga, Canada (Montverde Academy) also made the team.  Barrett and Reddish are generally considered to top ranked players in the nation in no particular order.  Barrett led Team Canada to a win over Team USA and plays for the top high school team in the nation.

Also on the team is Zion Williamson, who will be making his college decision this coming Saturday,  More on that and other Duke recruiting tidbits in the latest team and recruiting update for members

Duke is also still active with Moses Brown, a center prospect who blew up during the spring.  The McDonalds All American game will take place on March 28th, 2018 in Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks.

Tickets to the event will go on sale soon.

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Tre Jones Tallies 39 Points in Close Loss

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The last time ESPN visited Apple Valley High School, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was in the stands watching Tyus Jones go up against Jahlil Okafor.  The two would go on to become teammates in Durham where they led the Blue Devils to a national championship in their freshman season.

Last evening, ESPN returned to Minnesota where another soon to be Blue Devil took to the court.  And that just happens to be Tyus younger brother Tre.

Tre Jones will follow in his brothers footsteps and attend Duke University next season where he will take over the point guard spot.  It is widely thought that, Trevon Duval will announce his intent on going to the NBA after the season.

"He's a Jones," that is all you need to know said a long time follower of high school basketball.  Tre Jones hopes he can incite more magic in Durham where he will join future teammates in highly ranked R.J. Barrett and Cameron Reddish.

Jones would tally 39 points last evening while dishing out a bushel of assists.  He was the best player on the court, but on this evening Apple Valley fell just short of a win in a hard-fought 82-79 loss.  Jones tried to lead a furious comeback but in the end his team could not overcome Minnehaha Academy led by Jalen Suggs.

I witnessed Jones AAU team, Howard Pulley, lose their opening game during the Nike EYBL season,  Jones took that loss hard before his team went on a major roll to become one of the circuits powers.

There is little doubt Jones took last evening loss hard as well with his brother in attendance.  But one of the reasons Tre is rated so highly is his ability to bounce back and improve.

Tre Jones’ final line for the evening was  39 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 blocked shot,   You can't get much better than that.

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Tre Jones is a Duke Blue Devil

Tre Jones will ball at Duke.

Tre Jones selected the Duke Blue Devils as his college destination.   The Minnesota native is the top rated point guard in his class having blown up on the shoe circuit in his senior season.

"Today, it's not about me. It's about my tomorrow. And my tomorrow will be at Duke University," said Jones just minutes ago.  He was flanked by his two brothers and his mom Debbie.

Having another Jones in Durham should excite the Duke fan base in that they are proven leaders and winners.  Jones, brother, Tyus helped lead the Blue Devils to their fifth national championship under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Tre Jones is considered to be more athletic than his brother and is known as an in your face defender.  Jones can flash down the lane and finish with the dunk to go with his adept passing skills.

'' There is a little bit of advantage just having seen them more in depth and how they handle a season.  With Tyus there I got to see it up close and personal and it was a fun year,'' said Jones earlier this AAU season when asked if his brother being at Duke helps their efforts.

When Jones was asked to describe his game, he stated, ''A leader.  I bring a lot of intensity on the defensive end and hope that carries over.''

More to come.

One on One with Tyus Jones – Duke Memories, Tre

Tyus Jones is a Duke legend. His "Stone cold" three pointer helped  seal the national championship in 2015 is remembered.

If you have ever wondered if Tyus Jones thinks back to  making that three-point shot against Wisconsin which helped Duke seal the deal for the last National Championship banner, the answer is yes.

The former Duke standout has been following his brother, Tre, another Blue Devil recruit around this summer.  Much like his recruitment, their mom, Debbie, is in tow with other family members cheering him every step of the way.

If one attends any of the Nike events or those in Las Vegas this past week, they will see Tyus Jones mingling with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.  The reason, again, is that he is there to watch Tre as is the Blue Devils head honcho at every opportunity,

Tyus Jones most recently granted Blue Devil Nation an interview. And who better to speak of his brother and his ascent to the top of the rankings in the past several months?

You can be seen chatting with Coach K and his staff at many events while watching your brother.  Your mom, Debbie is in the stands and so much reminds me of your recruitment.  What is it like following your brother, Tre, now?

It's a lot of fun for me because as an older brother I know of all the work he puts in and the hours he spends in the gym dedicating himself to improve as a player.  So, for me, it is fun to see it pay off and the you can see the success follows.

Tre has visited Duke in the past and many hope he follows his brother to Durham.

Tre blew up in the rankings.  I mean, he flew under the radar a bit as a junior playing with  current Duke player Gary Trent.  How did it make you feel when everybody started talking about his game this year?  Did you see it coming?

Anytime you see anyone you are close to, be it family, friends, loved ones you are always happy for him.  But I knew it was coming from how hard he works to improve as a player.  But to see it happen is always fun to be a part of.

It is always a family affair,  Your mom is there and it says a lot that you come to see him play in the summer and that you are willing to do so in the NBA off-season.

That is what our family is about.  Being there and supporting one another.  All my tournaments had my mother, older brother and uncle.  We roll deep so for me if I have the opportunity to come out and watch him play, I definitely want to make sure I am there supporting him just like he did for me.

You guys have obviously gone against each other on the court at times growing up.  When is the last time you actually faced off?

Played against each other?  We played against each other last in the Minnesota Pro Am last season.  That was always fun.  It is always fun to go against each other.  We play one on one all the time and worked out together almost everyday.  So we do a lot of one on one, game like situations but that was probably the last time we played against each other.

I doubt there is anyone who could give a better scouting report on Tre than yourself.  So what is your take on his game?

Tremendous leader, tremendous floor general who is a do it all point guard on the floor and one of the best I have seen or played against and he is only in high school right now.  On offense, he is an unbelievable finisher in the lane and can get in the lane whenever he wants to.  Unbelievable range on his shot and just has great equipment.

One thing I have noticed is that you guys hate to lose.

Yes.

I was in Hampton earlier this season and Howard Pulley lost their first game.  He was distraught and obviously hated that feeling. Where does that come from in the Jones family?

It is just our competitive nature.  It is how we've always been and how our family has been.  We have a very competitive family who are always in competition trying to win.  So that is something we both pride ourselves on, especially as point guards.

Of course, his team went on a tear after that loss and he played lights out while stuffing the stat sheet.

Yeah, they didn't lose much this year and every time they do lose, he takes it personal.  It's something he doesn't want to experience or feel that often.

That 2015 National Championship...you carry that ring with you now.  How does that make you feel in this day and time when you think back on it?

Amazing.  Just playing with Jah (Jahlil Okafor), one of my best friends.  Playing for the best coach of all time in Coach K and being a part of that Duke family is something I will never forget and will cherish,. And winning a championship is something they can never take away from me.  They can never take that ring and they can never take that banner away from us.  We worked so hard for it and put so much time and effort in for that one moment of standing up on the stage together and celebrating being the best team in the country.

That was awesome...

Amazing.

Your team, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made a lot of moves in of late.  Are you looking forward to the season and do you think the team will take that next step?

I am extremely excited and yeah I do.  I just think everybody is ready to take that next step.  Everyone is ready tor turn things around and make the playoff.  The whole organization is all about that.

You mentioned Jah earlier.  Do you guys still stay in touch?

Yes sir.  All the time, all the time.  We talk regularly a couple of times a week even if it is something small, we text or get face time no matter what it is.  We are in constant communication and that will be forever.

Tyus Jones in his playing days for Howard Pulley,

I know God and faith means a lot to you.   Talk a little about that.

Faith means a lot to me.  It is something I believe heavy in and couldn't be where I am today. So, I am very thankful for the position I am in and very thankful for my family and everything God has blessed me with in life.  I know without Him I am nothing.

Do you ever pinch yourself thinking wow, I have had a lot of success at such a young age.

I do.  I do for sure.  It is very humbling  when I take a step back and look at where I am as a 21-year-old and the experiences I have had in 21 years of life.  It helps keep me in such a great mood everyday of my life in that I could have experienced things a lot different.  That is why you will never hear me complain.

I have seen you stop and talk to Jeff Capel and Coach K during the AAU events.  What is it like to see those guys again?

It's just family.  Coach K is like a father figure to me.  When he started recruiting me it was never like I am coach and you're player. It was always a family feel and that was the same with Coach Capel and everyone there.  Everyone involved in Duke Basketball is all about family.

You have said you would stay out of the recruiting situation, but part of you has to be glad Duke is all in on your brother.

Yes sir.  Obviously, it is the school I went to and I am definitely glad they are involved.  I have said from day one I will not get involved with his recruitment because I went through the exact same thing.  I know how stressful it can be and what it means to have your family members there to support you.  So, I always said I will never pressure him to go to where I went.  And that is just how that is going to go.

I can help but see how your recruitment and your brothers does seem to be following a similar path.  You were a guy who took all of his visits.

Yeah, yeah.  I think he is trying tot make his decision in a similar way after seeing what I did.  At this point in his career it is a big decision for his life and very critical.  So if he takes his time or whatever we will be supportive of him.  And when he decides he is ready to make that decision, whatever it is, we'll be there backing him and very happy for him.

I know your mom Debbie is close by.  Are there anymore Jones on the way?

(Smiling)  Naw, this is it.  I have three nephews now.  My older brother has three boys, so that is the direction things are moving in now.

So, this is the last go round for Debbie.  This has been a big part of her life...

Yeah it is and it has.  I couldn't have asked for a better mother and role model.  She goes to every single game we've plays and has been unbelievable in her support.  Not a lot of kids can say that there mom is always there and he dedication is appreciated.  Even in my college games, she was going to as many as she could and it is just really special.

Tyus Jones has remained humble.  You have an NBA contract, a national championship and a highly recruited brother yet you seem to be on such stable ground.  What is the secret to that?

Just be thankful for what is in front of you and what is given you because it can be taken away in the blink of an eye.

If you could shout out a message to all the Duke fans that follow you, what would it be?

That they're the best fans in the world and I will never take that for granted.  I will never forget the many memories that we share.