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Dick Vitale Won't Call Duke-UNC For First Time Since 1979

Feb 16, 2015 7:02 PM

Dick Vitale will not call this week's game between Duke and North Carolina.

Vitale had been part of the broadcasting team for every game between Duke and North Carolina since joining ESPN in 1979.

Jay Bilas will call the game with Dan Shulman.

Bilas has already replaced Vitale during ESPN's Saturday night prime time slot games this season.

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ACC, Pac-12, SEC Have Most Players Currently In NBA

Feb 9, 2015 2:06 PM

The ACC has the most former players currently in the NBA with 74, followed by the Pac-12 with 59 and SEC with 55.

Duke has 20 current NBA players, while North Carolina and Kentucky each have 18.

ACC: 74

Pac-12: 59

SEC: 55

Big Ten: 38

Big 12: 35

Big East: 24

American Athletic: 21

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Rasheed Sulaimon Dismissed From Duke's Basketball Program

Jan 29, 2015 5:42 PM

Rasheed Sulaimon was dismissed from Duke's basketball program on Thursday. The Houston native had not previously been disciplined, at least publicly, all season.

"Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program," Mike Krzyzewski said in a release. "It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program."

Last season the coaching staff talked to Sulaimon about his body language when things didn't go his way.

Sulaimon appeared in all 20 games this season and averaged 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5

Jan 6, 2015 4:34 PM

DraftExpress has updated their Top-100 prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft with Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprising the top-5.

Justise Winslow, Mario Hezonja, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre and D'angelo Russell round out the top-10.

Frank Kaminsky (14) and Jerian Grant (27) are the only seniors in the top-30.

Other notables include Myles Turner at 12 and Cliff Alexander at 17.

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Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kristaps Porzingis, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General

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Semi Ojeleye Transfers From Duke To SMU

Dec 27, 2014 5:43 PM

Semi Ojeleye has committed to SMU after transferring from Duke.

The 6-foot-8 forward was averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils in six games this season. Ojeleye was rated as the top prospect in the state of Kansas by ESPN out of high school and 40th in the country.

He will have 2.5 seasons of eligibility starting December of 2015.

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Tags: Semi Ojeleye, Duke Blue Devils, Southern Methodist Mustangs, NCAA, NCAA Commitment, NCAA Transfer

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Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft

Dec 2, 2014 3:57 PM

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the Big Board of every NBA executive Chad Ford has spoken to after the start of the college basketball season.

Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

Okafor is a supremely polished low-post scorer.

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Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

Nov 19, 2014 1:43 PM

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season.

Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.

"I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game," wrote Ford. "They love him. He's big and physical, however he was quick feet and a soft touch around the basket. He's a legit, old school big man who is just so poised right now. Emmanuel Mudiay and possibly Karl Towns and Kristaps Porzingis will make a run, but it's Okafor's to lose. Of the 30 guys I spoke with last night and polled, all of them had Okafor atop their board."

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Krzyzewski Expects Jahlil Okafor To Leave Duke After Freshman Season

Nov 5, 2014 12:32 PM

Mike Krzyzewski does not expect Jahlil Okafor to stay at Duke beyond his freshman season.

"We'll have him this year and he'll be one of the top picks," said Krzyzewski.

Okafor is currently projected as the top overall pick by DraftExpress.

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Okafor, Paige, Kaminsky, Harrell, VanVleet Named Preseason All-Americans

Nov 3, 2014 1:25 PM

Jahlil Okafor has been named an AP Preseason All-American, which is just the third time a freshman has been named to the team.

Joining Okafor on the team are North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige, Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and Wichita State junior point Fred VanVleet.

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Support Growing To Turn National Tournaments To Under-22 Events

Sep 15, 2014 2:17 PM

The United States won the World Cup of Basketball while avoiding Spain in the championship game, and it was hardly a relevant moment in the mainstream sports' culture. USA Basketball also advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.

The championship game was aired against Week 2 of the NFL season. 

As one GM told Yahoo Sports, "[Outside of the U.S. team], there's more talent and more interest from basketball fans in the NBA summer league than this event."

After the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the World Cup of Basketball and Olympic Games are destined to become an under-22 developmental tournament.

"We need to get our vets out and move our younger players in," one NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports. "The support's there for the change, and it's getting stronger."

Mike Krzyzewski's run as head coach of USA Basketball has allowed him unique access to top level recruits such as Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor.

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College Prepared Krzyzewski For Single Elimination International Tournaments
Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.

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Chase Jeter Commits To Duke
Chase Jeter has committed to Duke for the class of 2015

Krzyzewski, Pitino, Calipari, Self Earn College Basketball's Highest Salaries
Mike Krzyzewski is the highest paid head coach in college basketball, making a salary of nearly $10 million per season.

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Scout: Jahlil Okafor Could Have Issues Not Being Explosive Around Basket
Jahlil Okafor is one of the most polished post players to come out of high school in many years.

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Rodney Hood To Declare For NBA Draft
Rodney Hood played one season at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke.

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Jabari Parker Declares For 2014 NBA Draft
Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Jabari Parker Expects Draft Decision After Meeting Coach K
Jabari Parker said he expects to make a decision by next Tuesday or Wednesday on whether he will enter the June NBA Draft.

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Several NBA Scouts Claim Jabari Parker Will Stay At Duke
Jabari Parker has yet to make a decision about whether to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft or return to Duke for his sophomore season.

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Steve Wojciechowski Hired By Marquette
Steve Wojciechowski has been on Mike Krzyzewski's coaching staff at Duke since 1999.

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McDermott, Parker Headline AP All-American Team
Shabazz Napier, Sean Kilpatrick and Russ Smith joined Doug McDermott and Jabari Parker on the All-American team.

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Mike Krzyzewski Plans On Remaining At Least Five More Seasons At Duke
Mike Krzyzewski is 67 and leads all Division I men's coaches with 983 wins.

ESPN

Jabari Parker: College Career 'Incomplete'
Duke was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Mercer.

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Virginia Beats Duke To Win 2014 ACC Tournament
Joe Harris was named MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker, T.J. Warren and Talib Zanna.

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Warren, Parker Headline ACC Awards
Joining T.J. Warren on the All-ACC First Team are Jabari Parker, C.J. Fair, K.J. McDaniels and Marcus Paige.

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Jabari Parker Remains Undecided On Draft
Jabari Parker remains undecided about whether he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

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