Javin DeLaurier talks of the upcoming basketball season with Blue Devil Nation. The senior captain recaps testing the NBA Draft waters and how the information learned will help his game.
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced that sophomore Tre Jones and seniors Javin DeLaurier and Jack White will serve as the team's captains for the 2019-20 season.
DeLaurier and White are repeating as captains after leading the Blue Devils to a 32-6 record, an ACC Championship and the Elite Eight in 2018-19. Jones, an All-ACC guard and the team's leading returning scorer from last season, is serving for the first time.
"I am thrilled to have Jack, Javin and Tre as our captains for this season," said Krzyzewski, who enters his 40th season as Duke's head coach in 2019-20. "Javin and Jack did an incredible job last year leading our team. To have them back with that experience as seniors, and to add our point guard, is important. They are each great leaders in their own way and I'm confident our team is in good hands."
Since 1998, DeLaurier and White are the 13th and 14th repeat captains at Duke -- a list which includes current associate head coaches Nate James (2000 and 2001) and Jon Scheyer (2009 and 2010).
DeLaurier averaged 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last year, finishing the year with his first career double-double against Michigan State in the Elite Eight. The Shipman, Va., native played in all 38 contests and started 16 while blocking 50 shots, good for third-best on the team.
White, from Traralagon, Australia, appeared in 35 contests a season ago, averaging 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds while registering 37 blocks. An All-ACC Academic selection, White helped lead Australia to the bronze medal at this past summer's World University Games.
Jones enjoyed a prolific year as Duke's freshman point guard. recording the best assist-to-turnover for a season in program history of 3.62. The previous record of 3.03 was set by Steve Wojciechowski in 1997. The All-ACC and ACC All-Defensive Team pick finished last year averaging 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest while pocketing 68 steals in 36 games.
Duke opens the season versus Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
DURHAM, N.C. – Rising Duke men’s basketball seniors Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden have announced their intentions to enter the NBA Draft process.
Both submitted their draft paperwork ahead of the April 21 deadline. They will gather feedback from NBA personnel over the coming weeks, but will maintain their collegiate eligibility, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Blue Devils.
DeLaurier was one of two Blue Devils to play all 38 games this season, making 16 starts, and averaging 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Shipman, Va., native made 59 of his 79 field goal attempts for a .747 percentage. Bolden averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 35 games this season. The native of DeSoto, Texas, shot .579 from the field.
Bolden and DeLaurier blocked 58 and 50 shots this season, respectively, helping Duke set both a program and ACC single-season record with 257 blocked shots this season.
The Blue Devils now have five in the draft process along with freshmen RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson.
Javin played a heck of a game. Here is what he had to say.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Friday that junior forwards Javin DeLaurier and Jack White will be the team’s captains for the 2018-19 season.
The pair are two of Duke’s top returning players from the squad that went 29-8 last season and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
“I couldn’t pick two more worthy individuals to lead our team than Javin and Jack,” said Krzyzewski. “They have done everything we’ve asked, from the end of last year to now, to be ready to lead this team. Jack and Javin have earned the respect of our players and staff, and I’m proud to have them as captains.”
Being selected a Duke captain by Coach K is one of the most important responsibilities bestowed upon a Blue Devil. Each member of Duke’s current staff – Nate James, Jon Scheyer, Chris Carrawell and Nolan Smith – served as a captain while playing for Coach K.
“I’m honored to be selected a captain,” said White, a native of Traralgon, Victoria, Australia. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and the chance to be a captain alongside my teammate and best friend, is tremendously special.”
“It’s a tremendous honor and I’m very excited for the chance to lead this team,” said DeLaurier, a Shipman, Va., native. “We have a great group that’s capable of achieving all of our goals as long as we stick to the plan. I'm so grateful and humbled to be chosen a captain by Coach K."
No. 4-ranked Duke opens the regular season November 6 versus Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic.
Duke is set to play three games in Canada starting tomorrow evening. With Cam Reddish and Tre Jones sidelined due to injury, here is what to watch.
R.J. Barrett will control the ball
While the starters have yet to be announced, Mike Krzyzewski said in his press conference that the ball would run through R.J. Barrett on the Canadia trip. I asked Barrett last week if he was comfortable in that role and he said that he was. Duke loves to play what they call positionless basketball but they have a true PG this season in Tre Jones when healthy.
Who might start?
Duke will likely go with Marques Bolden, Javin DeLaurier, R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Alex O'Connell.
Duke will seek to develop quality depth
With the aforementioned injuries, Duke will play their bench and they'll do so often, BDN Premium members know who I projected as the season rotation, but Duke needs another body or two to become viable if there are injuries. Jack White will get some quality time and he could be the likely candidate for added depth once the season starts, Krzyzewski said he had lost ten pounds in the offseason, Another source close to the situation said their goal was to get the Austrailian product to play with more confidence. We can also expect to see Joey Baker, Antonio Vrankovic, Justin Robinson, and Jordan Goldwire see significant minutes.
Look for R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson to Shine
These guys are good and they're about to let the nation see that. Barrett is a confident player who enjoys challenges. He will thrive being the one who dictates action on a trip home. Zion Williamson literally makes Coach K smile when he speaks of him. All eyes will be on the South Carolina native and if his game translates to the college level right away.
Leaders will lead
Duke will look to Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden to lead as both enter their junior seasons. Duke has also been getting some chatter from White and O'Connell while the talented newcomers adjust.
Don't expect a refined, perfect bunch
The Duke staff is just scratching the surface on conditioning and they have yet to put in major parts of the system. Duke will play up-tempo this season with more man to man but this trip might not reveal how effective that can be.
This will be the first time we have seen this staff together. Gone is Jeff Capel and entering is Chris Carrawell. It will be interesting to watch how things are handled with the aforementioned along with Nate James, Jon Scheyer, and Nolan Smith. While Smith is not technically a coach, he plays a major role. It is worth noting that every coach or staff member mentioned has a national championship ring while at Duke.