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Duke Announces OOC Hoops Schedule

DURHAM – The Duke men's basketball program has unveiled the team's 2021-22 non-conference schedule, as the final season for Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski draws near.

Three of Duke's 11 non-conference matchups away from Cameron Indoor Stadium – marquee games versus Kentucky, Gonzaga and Ohio State – had previously been announced. The remaining eight non-conference opponents, which include reigning conference champions Appalachian State and Cleveland State, come to Cameron Indoor.

The Blue Devils battle Kentucky in the regular-season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Continental Tire Challenge, which pits Duke vs. Gonzaga, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., while the Blue Devils' annual appearance in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Ohio State.

Duke's first event at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the 2021-22 season is the program's Countdown to Craziness event on Friday, Oct. 15. Winston-Salem State will serve as the lone exhibition game, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 30 at Cameron Indoor. Times have not yet been announced.

Following Kentucky in the season opener, the Blue Devils host the Duke Veteran’s Day Weekend Showcase at Cameron Indoor Stadium Nov. 12-13. Duke battles Coach K's alma mater, Army West Point, on Friday, Nov. 12, with a matchup versus Campbell the following day. Hartford is the fourth team in Duke's multi-team event (MTE) and the Hawks will play Army and Campbell at Cameron.

Midweek home games against Gardner-Webb (Tuesday, Nov. 16), Lafayette (Friday, Nov. 19) and The Citadel (Monday, Nov. 22) precede the back-to-back battles versus Gonzaga and Ohio State.

A final trio of non-conference games lead the Blue Devils into ACC play as Duke welcomes South Carolina State (Tuesday, Dec. 14), Appalachian State (Thursday, Dec. 16) and Cleveland State (Saturday, Dec. 18).

Cleveland State is the reigning Horizon League champion having gone 19-8 last season, including 16-4 in the Horizon to also share the regular season crown. Appalachian State was 17-12 last season, 7-8 in the Sun Belt, but rattled off four wins in four days to win the Sun Belt title.

The 2021-22 Duke men's basketball season marks the final campaign for Hall of Fame Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Set to retire following this season, Coach K has won an NCAA record 1,170 games in his 46-year career, including 1,097 wins and five national titles in his 41 seasons at Duke. 

2021-22 Duke Non-Conference Schedule/Series Notes

·         Fri., Oct. 15 – Countdown to Craziness

·         Sat., Oct. 30 – Winston-Salem State (Exhibition)

·         Tues., Nov. 9 vs. Kentucky (State Farm Champions Classic) -- The series favors Duke 6-2 in the Coach K era, including a 118-64 victory in the 2018 State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis

·         Fri., Nov. 12 vs. Army West Point (Duke Veteran’s Day Weekend Showcase) – Coach K is a 1969 graduate of the United States Military Academy … Duke leads the series 11-3 and has won seven consecutive

·         Sat., Nov. 13 vs. Campbell (Duke Veteran’s Day Weekend Showcase) -- Duke leads 2-0 with meetings coming in 1992 and 1997

·         Tues., Nov. 16 vs. Gardner-Webb – Duke leads 2-0 with the most recent meeting coming in 2013 … the teams were set to play last season at Cameron Indoor, but the game was canceled

·         Fri., Nov. 19 vs. Lafayette – Duke leads 1-0 with the only meeting coming in 1977

·         Mon., Nov. 22 vs. The Citadel -- Duke leads 9-0 with the most recent meeting coming in 1993

·         Fri., Nov. 26 vs. Gonzaga (Continental Tire Challenge) -- Duke leads 3-1 … all four meeting have come on neutral floors, including the Blue Devils' 66-52 victory in the 2015 Elite Eight in Houston

·         Tue., Nov. 30 at Ohio State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) -- Duke leads 4-3, including a 2-1 mark in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games … the teams last met in 2012 – a 73-68 Duke win at Cameron Indoor

·         Tue., Dec. 14 vs. South Carolina State -- Duke leads 7-0 with the most recent meeting coming in 1998

·         Thur., Dec. 16 vs. Appalachian State -- Duke leads 8-1 and has won seven straight … the teams' 2016 meeting (93-58 Duke win) was the first in the series since the 1980s

·         Sat., Dec. 18 vs. Cleveland State -- Duke and Cleveland State have never met 

Dariq Whitehead Picks Duke!

The Duke Blue Devils gained their second commitment of the Jon Scheyer era when one of the nation's most coveted prospects in the nation in Dariq Whitehead chose to play his collegiate career in Durham, N.C.

The New Jersey-born Whitehead plays his high school basketball for Montverde Academy. He made his decision known today on his 17th birthday where he picked the Blue Devils over Kansas, Florida State and the NBA G-League which offered $500.000 for next season.

Whitehead joins recently committed Kyle Filipowski giving Duke a solid foundation on next year's class. That class needs to have multiple players come in, so Scheyer and staff will remain in the trenches throughout August.

Make no mistake about it, Jon Scheyer is having early success on the recruiting trail thanks to the coveted Whitehead's commitment and the work of what seems to be a hungty staff.

Quick Take - As for Whiteheads' play on the court, think potential first despite having elite athleticism and the ability to be a lockdown defender. He has good physicality and finishes thunderously around the rim when the opportunity is at hand. But the reason I mentioned potential is that he was sometimes overshadowed at Montverde where he played with a talented team of all stars. We are just beginning to see a finished product in Whitehead. He is good in open floor situations as is Filipowski, so we are seeing where Scheyer is going with his first class. Duke will focus on the rest of their shortlist on the recruiting trail while preparing for the coming season which will be Mike Krzyzewski's swan song season.

The newly committed Blue Devil --

There was a tell in the three hats pictured. The Duke one had no tag and appears to have been worn or already owned.
Scheyer scores his 2nd verbal in Dariq Whitehead

Kyle Filipowski Chooses Duke

After tearing it up on the EYBL circuit, Kyle Filipowski becomes the first new recruit who will play for Jon Scheyer when he takes over for Mike Krzyzewski in the 2022-23 season.

The New York Rens standout is great at ball movement and good handling despite his 6-11 frame. He is a solid, hard-working player who is a nice first get for Scheyer.

Filipowski chose Duke over Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina.

Amile Jefferson Joins Duke Hoops Staff

DURHAM –Former Duke men's basketball captain Amile Jefferson has been added to the staff as the team's director of player development.

"This is an honor to be back at Duke and I'm so grateful to Coach Krzyzewski for considering me for this opportunity," said Jefferson. "I'd also like to thank Coach Scheyer for his help through the process and look forward to his leadership in the future. Duke has been a part of my story and my life and it's a privilege to give back to the program and the University that has meant so much. I can't wait to work with these guys -- helping them develop, grow and learn -- and be a small part of something bigger than myself."

Jefferson rejoins the Blue Devils after a four-year professional playing career that included time with the NBA G-League's Iowa Wolves (2017-18), Orlando Magic (2018-20), Boston Celtics (2020) and the Turkish Basketball Super League's Galatasaray (2020-21).

"It is a thrill to have Amile back in our program," said Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski. "Amile is truly one of the best representatives of Duke Basketball as a fierce competitor who never took a day off -- whether it was in a game, on the practice court, and more importantly in the classroom. This position serves such an important role in helping our players develop personally, socially and athletically. I'm so proud of the man he has become, and know there are few better to take on this opportunity."

As a five-year letter winner, a national champion and three-time team captain at Duke from 2012-17, Jefferson played in a program-record 150 games with 103 starts, averaging 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. He played in 67 home victories (most in program history) and 124 total victories (third most in program history), while his .971 home winning percentage (67-2) ranks as the second best among any Duke player.

Off the court, Jefferson remains the only player in Duke history to be named to the All-ACC Academic Team four times. He served as a team captain for three seasons – becoming the only Blue Devil in the Coach K era to do so – and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award in 2016-17. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Duke in 2016 and received a master's degree from Duke's Divinity School in 2017.