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Marques Bolden Commits To Duke Over Kentucky

May 19, 2016 3:20 PM

Marques Bolden has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky.

Bolden is ranked No. 16 in the incoming freshman class.

"I am happy this is over with," Bolden said. "You could tell this was a very difficult decision for me because it took so long. I was looking for the perfect situation and I realized that's not going to happen. I did not want to regret my decision that's why I took so long. It's the biggest decision in my life so far."


Bolden is the second ranked center in the class.

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Tags: Marques Bolden, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Grayson Allen Staying At Duke For Junior Season

Apr 7, 2016 2:26 PM

Grayson Allen has decided to remain at Duke for his junior season.

“I talked with my parents and prayed about this decision, and I had the feeling that it was right,” Allen said in a statement released by the school. “I love Duke and I’ve made relationships with my teammates that will last forever. Coming back next season to play with them is important to me. Earning a Duke degree has always been a dream of mine, so I’ll also be working to get closer to that goal.”

Allen was a third-team AP All-American as a sophomore.

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Tags: Grayson Allen, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA

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Brandon Ingram Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 4, 2016 12:20 PM

Brandon Ingram has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Ingram is expected to either be the first or second overall pick in the draft.

Ingram made the announcement in a first-person essay on The Players Tribune.

"My time is almost over here in Durham," wrote Today as I declare for the NBA Draft, I’m both excited and sad about this moment.

"On one hand, one year at Duke isn’t a very long time. I know that. But I’ve done a lot of growing, and growing up, in that time. I know by leaving I’ll miss out on a lot of friendships and opportunities. I’ll really miss all the students who showed me so much love. One of my favorite parts of the Duke basketball tradition is the high-five line at the end of home games. The students who camp out for seats for up to a week before a game — and get in their seats two hours early — are always still there after the final buzzer. Win or lose. You guys gave me the energy and support that I needed. I’ll never forget you all."

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Tags: Brandon Ingram, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Brandon Ingram Would Be No. 2 Prospect Only Once In Last Nine Drafts

Mar 16, 2016 3:57 PM

Brandon Ingram has emerged as the most probable candidate to challenge Ben Simmons for the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

According to the projections of Kevin Pelton, Ingram would qualify as the second-best prospect just once in the past nine drafts (2012 behind Anthony Davis).

Ingram is not far ahead of Jamal Murray based on Pelton's projections.

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Tags: Brandon Ingram, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Draft Express Moves Ben Simmons To No. 1, Brandon Ingram To No. 2

Dec 4, 2015 12:09 PM

Draft Express has moved Ben Simmons to the top position in their mock draft for 2016 while Brandon Ingram moved up to second and Skal Labissiere dropped to third.

Labissiere had been in the first slot in the Draft Express mock draft since April.

Dragan Bender is currently No. 4 with Jaylen Brown rounding out the top-5.

Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Henry Ellenson, Jakob Poeltl and Cheick Diallo rank 6th through 10th.

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Tags: Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, Ben Simmons, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Mock Drafts

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GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA

Nov 23, 2015 1:20 PM

Duke players who come to the NBA often have a big adjustment to make in terms of defense due to how Mike Krzyzewski teaches that side of the floor.

Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

"I have had several GMs who have drafted young Duke players tell me that the learning curve between the sort of defense Coach K teaches at Duke and what they're required to play at the NBA level is pretty steep," wrote Chad Ford.

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Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Harry Giles Commits To Duke

Nov 6, 2015 12:50 PM

Harry Giles has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.

Giles suffered a partially torn right ACL this week and had previously torn the ACL in his left knee.

Giles is rated as the No. 1 recruit in the 2016 class by ESPN.

Giles will have the chance to play with Jayson Tatum, who is ESPN's No. 2 recruit.

"We were roommates in USA Basketball this past season," Tatum told ESPN. "When you spend over 30 days together, you either grow closer or apart. We got closer."


Jeff Capel was key in the recruitment of Giles.

"Jeff built a great relationship with Harry and that was key," Oak Hill assistant coach Cory Alexander said.

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Tags: Harry Giles, Duke Blue Devils, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Krzyzewski Calls Himself 'Leader Of Corporation, Program'

Oct 28, 2015 12:16 PM

Mike Krzyzewski was asked by Andy Katz about the responsibility of a college basketball coach in light of the issues that have faced Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino and Larry Brown.

"I know as a leader of a corporation and program, I am ultimately responsible," said Krzyzewski. That's the way it is. At West Point, I learned that the commander is responsible and the CEO is responsible and the president and the head coach are responsible."

Krzyzewski has been head coach of Duke since 1980 and makes nearly $10 million per season.

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Mike Krzyzewski To Step Down As USA Coach After 2016 Olympics

Oct 19, 2015 11:06 AM

The 2016 Olympics will be Mike Krzyzewski's final coaching assignment for USA Basketball.

"It is. It definitely is,'' Krzyzewski told ESPN about this being his last stint as head coach with USA Basketball. "I think it's time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio [the roster] and coaching.

"There has to be a succession ... a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.''

A succession plan to replace Krzyzewski will be put in place before the Games next summer.

"Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball,'' Krzyzewski said. "But I think we're ready as an organization to do that, and I'm excited about the future because [of] what we've done over the last 10 years."

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, National, National Olympics

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Frank Jackson Commits To Duke

Sep 2, 2015 12:33 PM

Frank Jackson has committed to Duke, choosing to join Mike Krzyzewski over Stanford, Utah and BYU.

Jackson had previously planned on going on a two-year Mormon mission after graduating high school, but his rise up scouting boards made him reconsider his plans.

Jackson gives Duke a commit for the 2016 class who can be a scoring guard at both positions. Jackson is currently ranked 14th by ESPN on their Top 100 recruits of the class.

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Tags: Frank Jackson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Harry Giles Narrows List To UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Wake Forest
Harry Giles is the number one recruit in the class of 2016.

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Jayson Tatum Commits To Duke
Jayson Tatum is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2016.

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