Some updates from this past week and this week are as follows: Congrats to Sheed Sulaimon on making the 12 man roster for USA U19 team, along with Duke recruits Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow. Duke has made its first offer in the class of 2015 to Ben Simmons (longtime Duke fan). The Australian uber-skilled PF would be a good fit for Duke’s system of versatile players rather than position players. Duke is also in contact with 2015, 6’10 big man Skal Labissiere out of Memphis. Tyler Dorsey, 2015 PG extraordinaire, is garnering attention from Duke as well. Future Dukie [ Read More ]
Very cool interview with Coach K and Jim Boeheim two Hall of Fame coaches discussing life together in the ACC, coaching Team USA and their families. Also, the two legends talk to host Jeff Fischel about retirement, their unique personalities and the differences in restaurant options across the ACC. You won’t want to miss. If you are having trouble viewing it here is a link as well.
Yes it’s the name of my favorite David Bowie song (you young kids should look that up) but it also refers, in this case sarcastically, to the prognosticators and predictors of college basketball rankings. In my opinion the vast majority of them seem to want to cater to the youngest common denominator, crowning players in the preseason, before they’ve even stepped foot on a college campus. Anointing these high school students as tops in the game based on potential that is rarely reached in a freshman year. It seems this is the way the game is trending and consequently being [ Read More ]
Great piece on Andre Dawkins from GoDuke.com, his year off and his return to Duke Basketball. Dawkin’s journey is something that we can all take a lesson from as far as dealing with emotions in the moment and taking the appropriate time and space to do so. It’s good to see him back and healthy mentally and physically and returning to basketball on his terms. Continuing the Summer Grind series, Duke Blue Planet features Tyler Thornton looking buff and ready to take on that leadership role on this team, his mentoring and guidance is a very important piece to next [ Read More ]
So it appears Coach K is mulling a return to USA Basketball and has not closed the door. I think most people hoped that Coach K would return and continue the run he’s piloted for USA Basketball. Jerry Colangelo says he expects a decision within a weeks time. On the recruiting trail long time target Theo Pinson will be informing suitors as to what college he will be attending next year. Pinson will be choosing between Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville and North Carolina. Some feel Duke has a shot, but in my opinion (no sources) with Grayson Allen already committed [ Read More ]
It’s very hard not to love Tyler Thornton. Not only does he bring a toughness to the Devils that is occasionally lacking on the court, but what he does off the court is much more impressive and important. This article by Sports Illustrated underscores Thorton’s reach and we all need to stop and congratulate him on being nominated for the SI College Athlete of the Year. Quinn Cook will suit up for Duke as a junior this coming year and will most likely get the lion’s share of minutes at the point. Here is an article by accbasketball.com ranking ACC [ Read More ]
Some tidbits… Firstly, after investigating the Lance Thomas jewelry situation, “The NCAA has found no evidence of a rules violation in this situation based on the information available, and both the NCAA and Duke consider the matter closed.” A settlement was reached in the case between Thomas and the jeweler details of which are not being made public so surely the conspiracy theorists will be out and about as usual but, well, nothing to see here folks. Sorry to disappoint. Regarding next years schedule, it was announced that Duke will play in next season’s NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square [ Read More ]
It appears the first Blue Devil commit in the class of 2014 will be shooting guard Grayson Allen out of Jacksonville, Florida. The 6’4, 185 lb guard’s recruiting got hot and heavy quickly with the Duke offer and he wasted very little time in snatching it up. Allen brings a very adept shooting touch as well as an explosive and quick first step. He’s as dynamic a shooting guard as Duke has had in a while. Allen is the first commit in the class of 2014 Here is my earlier post with video. Committed!!! twitter.com/GraysonJAllen/… — Grayson Allen (@GraysonJAllen) [ Read More ]