Not much here yet but at very least a nugget of interest from Five Star Basketball with Jeff Capel inquiring about 2013 standout Jabari Bird although it will be a hard sell to get him to the east coast.
Any rust the Duke Blue Devils accumulated over the holiday break was quickly shaken off after the first few minutes against the overmatched Western Michigan Broncos. It took only a few possessions for the Devils to cement their dominance in this game scoring from every spot on the floor in every way imaginable.
Leading all scores was Seth Curry with 22 points, Curry seemed to shake off the lingering effects of a nagging injury and some sloppy play to pace the Devils Friday night. Playing more at the 2 guard spot, Curry flourished, hitting mid-range jumpers and 3 of 4 from distance. Austin Rivers complimentedÂ Curry’s 22 with 20 of his own, shooting 2-4 from 3, and driving to the basket aggressively and often, absorbing hard fouls and finishing some spectacular plays at the rim.
Miles Plumlee also put his stamp on this game with a stellar rebounding effort, grabbing 15, 10 of which were defensive. Miles also had a couple of nice offensive moves, finishing with a dunk after a steal and a nice drive to the basket, and an alley oop off of the hands of Quinn Cook.
The brightest spots offensively were the surprise points and assists coming from the freshmen. Michael Gbnijie hit a pair of threes while providing quality minutes for the Devils. Josh Hairston continues to develop offensively adding 13 points to the 110 point total, also Hairston was 7-9 from the free throw line. Possibly the brightest of the freshman performances was [...]
Here is a piece on Austin Rivers, he talks about having his dad in the stands and loving the time spent together during the NBA lockout, it couldn’t have come at a better time as unfortunate a situation as it was. Noted is Rivers’ unshakable confidence, and his drive to get Duke in a position to win a National Championship.
Rasheed Sulaimon is getting the best and the worst parts of signing with Duke. Recruits get the recognition of signing with a national power and the competitors respect and their best shots, but alas the heckling that goes along with that is, well, probably pretty intense and unbearable. Clearly the name Duke is a lightning rod for criticism, and more. Sulaimon handles it, takes it all in stride, even going as far as wearing Duke socks during the Raleigh Holiday Tournament attended by Coach K.
This article from GoDuke.com is a nice synopsis on where the Devils are now and where they wereÂ a couple of years ago, heading into the home stretch of national title run.Â It mentions the insertion of guard Tyler Thornton into the starting lineup this year which hopefully will continue to pay dividends for Duke, and while not an offensive threat like Seth Curry, his defensive prowess and tenacity is something the Devils were lacking in the starting lineup.
Duke, hopefully, has learned a lot from the embarrassing loss to OSU and the near miss in MSG against Washington, as well as the slow starts against some teams that should have been [...]
Congrats to Quinn Cook for being Named ACC Rookie of the Week for his dazzling play against UNC-Greensboro when Duke was in need. Cook went 6-6 in the second half contributing to the rally that spawned Dukes 90-63 win.
Here’s a little tidbit from Five Star Basketball on the recruitment of Ricardo Gathers as Duke goes into battle against KY, St. Johns, Baylor and others for his services.