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It’s Duke for Dereck Lively


The Duke Blue Devils land the nation's top big man when 7 footer Dereck Lively announced that he will ball in Cameron Indoor Stadium next season.

Lively is the real deal and a player who soared up the rankings after showing off top-end improvement over the spring and summer.

The budding star played for Team Final in the Nike EYBL summer league and that organization has produced a lot of top-end prospects over the years.

Duke coach to be, Jon Scheyer and his staff of former Duke teammate Nolan Smith and Chris Carrawell quickly made Lively II an immediate priority when it was learned Mike Krzyzewski would be in his last season in Durham.

The addition of Lively gives Duke a solid four-man class to date. He will join SF, Dariq Whitehead, PF Kyle Filipowski and SG Jaden Schutt in a class that is still forming. It is worth noting that the Blue Devils have

The newest Duke verbal commitment is a possible game-changer on the defensive end where he is tall, long and agile with quick hops. His upside is on the offensive end where he has been working on stretching the court with newly found three-point range.

The Bellefonte, PA. native has a unique skill set that will be attractive to NBA teams where he will in time be a lottery pick. The one thing he will likely have to do is work on adding weight but he is already a force on the blocks where he plays above the rim. The weight he does have is lean muscle, so expect the young man to fill out his frame with natural maturity.

Lively spurned Kentucky and Penn State to play for the Blue Devils.

Duke Hoops Schedule Release

DURHAM – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Thursday night the conference schedules for the 2021-22 men's basketball season, with Duke opening the ACC slate at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

The Blue Devils' 20 ACC games include home-and-home tilts versus Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest, while welcoming Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State and Virginia Tech to Cameron Indoor. On the road, Duke battles Boston College, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.

On the heels of an 11-game non-conference schedule that had been previously announced, Duke unwraps the ACC schedule three days before Christmas versus Virginia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium (9 p.m., ESPN2) followed by a date at Clemson on Wednesday, Dec. 29 (7 p.m., ACCN).

The New Year begins with a road battle at Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 1 (6 p.m., ACCN), before the Blue Devils return home for five of their next seven contests, beginning with reigning ACC Champion Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 4 (9 p.m., ACCN) and Miami on Saturday, Jan. 8 (8 p.m., ACCN).

The first of two versus North Carolina is Saturday, Feb. 5 in Chapel Hill (6 p.m., ESPN) with the return game scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at Cameron Indoor Stadium (6 p.m., ESPN) for the regular-season finale.

Duke finishes the regular season with three of the final four games on the road, including three consecutive road stops at Virginia on Wednesday, Feb. 23 (7 p.m., ESPN), at Syracuse on Saturday, Feb. 26 (Time TBD) and at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 1 (8 p.m., ACCN).

The ACC schedule includes 10 Saturday games – five at home – and two matchups on ESPN's Big Monday package – at Florida State on Jan. 17 and home versus Virginia on Feb. 7.

Duke's Countdown to Craziness event is Friday, Oct. 15 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the lone exhibition game is against Winston-Salem State on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Cameron Indoor. The regular-season opener is Tuesday, Nov. 9 versus Kentucky at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic.

Visit www.GoDuke.com for the complete 2021-22 Duke men's basketball schedule.

Duke welcomes back three starters and ushers in another top-five freshman class for the historic 2021-22 season that will be the 42nd and final for Hall of Fame Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K announced his retirement plans in June, with Associate Head Coach Jon Scheyer tapped to lead the program beginning in 2022-23.

PG Caleb Foster Picks Duke

Duke landed a key future commitment from five-star point guard prospect Caleb Foster today. Jon Scheyer is on fire on the recruiting trail where he is showing early on the Blue Devils will still seek the nation's most talented players.

Foster will be balling for Oak Hill this season and that is of course where Duke assistant coach Nolan Smith played. The Virginia native has been a Duke lean and he made it official.

The sure-fire talent stands 6-5 already and has great court vision. He played very well at the NBA Top 100 camp and is ranked in everyone's top 15 in 2023.

Duke fans are going to love Foster as much as they do the incredible start in recruiting from soon-to-be coach Jon Scheyer.

Dereck Lively II has Duke In-Home visit tomorrow

Dereck Lively II (Westown HS, PA) has been on the Duke radar since before people knew Jon Scheyer would take over the program and Mike Krzyzewski would retire. Standing in at a long 7-1, Lively soared up the rankings this past season and some feel is the best prospect in the nation.

Duke has plenty of competition with North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan involved, but it is thought that Lively thinks a lot of the Blue Devils and what they have to offer.

The Blue Devils will be fresh off a visit with combo guard JJ Starling who balls for Albany City Rocks on the EYBL circuit. In fact, this staff is very busy with not only next year's class but the one beyond where they intend to prove Duke Basketball Never Stops regardless of who is in charge.

Lively has long been at the top of the Blue Devils wish list where Duke hopes he will join Kyle Filipowski, Jaden Schutt, and the first prospect to verbally commit in Dariq Whitehead.

Duke will be showing off their presentation with Jon Scheyer, flanked by assistants Chris Carrawell, Nolan Smith, and possibly Amile Jefferson who is on staff and expected to be promoted in the off-season.

The reason for the staff's excitement with Lively is that he is talented now but has tremendous upside as a player. The Belfonte, Pennsylvania native loves playing in the post where he flourishes but he is expanding his game daily with added perimeter skills.

Many feel as I do that this could be another Duke-Kentucky battle. Oh to be a fly on the wall as Calipari will pitch Scheyer has not proven himself on the court yet. On the other side, the ever-confident Scheyer will be putting those worries to rest with a focused vision where he seems more than ready and young enough to master the new NIL situation. Just today, Paolo Banchero inked a lucrative deal and a prospect like Lively will be set up to follow in his footsteps.

The Blue Devils have other visits set which we discuss in the member's forum, but this one is important and will be in the limelight for a bit. I will tell you Mark Mitchell will also receive attention.

As for when we can expect Lively to make a decision those in the know claim the Fall is likely but in recruiting anything can change, so keep that in mind.

If you are looking for a prediction, I will say Duke is in this one but it may take a little time to close the deal. And I feel Kentucky is the chief competition but if his decision is delayed more teams could enter the situation especially post visits that he has lined up.

Honestly, the landscape can change a lot after visits but I expect Duke to still be on the shortlist once they're finished.

Paolo Banchero Inks NIL Deal with NBA2K 2022

Duke star freshmen Paolo Banchero is the first college player to sign a deal with EA Sports NBA2 K game. This is the first deal of its kind as reported by https://boardroom.tv/paolo-banchero-nba-2k22-nil/ Boardroom TV.

The five-star Banchero is considered a can't miss talent who officially made some bucks today as this deal is announced. He is expected to be the first player taken in the upcoming NBA Draft.

A lot has to happen for that to come to fruition but the staff to be led by Jon Scheyer is quickly adjusting to a new era of college sports and that is great news for the future of Duke basketball and its fanbase.

Hoops Hype for Duke

A look around the newsstands shows that the hype has started on the fast-approaching basketball season. Wendell Moore Jr. shares the cover of Athlon Sports magazine and there is no shortage of talk of Coach K's last season at Duke.

Here are the highlights -

  • Wendell Moore Jr. graces the cover.
  • Paolo Banchero is rated as the second-best player in college basketball and is picked to be 1st team All American and the best freshman.
  • Duke is ranked 6th nationally and expected to bow out in Final Eight.
  • Duke is picked to win the ACC. 1- Duke 2- UNC 3- FSU 4- Va Tech 5- UVA 6- Louisville 7- Syracuse 8- Notre Dame 9- Miami 10- Miami 11- GT 12-NCSU 13- WF 14- BC
  • Mark Williams is picked 2nd team All ACC and is ranked 23rd in the top 100 players in college hoops.
  • AJ Griffin is picked 3rd team All ACC and is ranked as the 79th best player in college basketball.
  • There is a Steve Wiseman article on Coach K titled the Final Chapter.
  • The "Last Page," is dedicated to Mike Krzyzewski with quotes from others.
  • In the list of what to watch for this college basketball season, the number one thing is Coach K's Final season.

The magazine is at most newsstands/book stores and priced at 10.99.