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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.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA

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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

Jul 20, 2015 7:25 PM

Harry Giles, the number one recruit in the class of 2016, has narrowed his list of schools to five.

Giles is a 6'10 power forward out of Wesleyan Christian Academy.

North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest are on Giles' list.

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Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Jayson Tatum Commits To Duke

Jul 12, 2015 11:15 PM

Jayson Tatum has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky, North Carolina and Saint Louis.

Tatum is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2016.

"I love the way the program is run and I love the way the academics are set up," Tatum said of Duke. "My relationships with the Duke coaches were the best, and they made me a priority. They did the best job of recruiting me and have been at almost all my games, and that means a lot."

A 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward from Chaminade College Prep in Saint Louis, Tatum is a versatile and efficient perimeter player.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Jayson Tatum, Duke Blue Devils, High School, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Brandon Ingram Commits To Duke

Apr 27, 2015 6:12 PM

Brandon Ingram has committed to Duke as a member of the 2015 recruiting class, he announced on Monday.

The 6-foot-8 small forward is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the ESPN 100. Ingram was one of the top risers late in the recruiting process after excelling at the McDonald's All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit. He's considered a likely one-and-done prospect due to his length and shooting ability.

A North Carolina native from Kinston High School, Ingram chose the local Blue Devils over Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State, North Carolina, and UCLA. He becomes the fifth commit for Duke's 2015 recruiting class, joining five-star center Chase Jeter, five-star point guard Derryck Thornton, four-star shooting guard Luke Kennard, and three-star center Antonio Vrankovic.

Tags: Brandon Ingram, Duke Blue Devils, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Derryck Thornton Reclassifies, Commits To Duke

Apr 21, 2015 1:06 PM

Derryck Thornton has decided to reclassify and commit to Duke for the 15-16 season.

Thornton now is the third-ranked point guard and 17th overall player in 2015.

Duke was facing the 15-16 season without a true point guard following the departure of Tyus Jones.

"I have been considering reclassifying up for months, so it's been on my mind," Thornton said.

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Tags: Derryck Thornton, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Tyus Jones Leaves Duke For NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2015 1:38 PM

Tyus Jones has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft after one season at Duke.

"Tyus could not have done a better job for us this past year," Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "We're so very happy for him and his family to have the opportunity to declare for the draft.

"He's going to get a lot better, but people have already seen him and know how he handles himself, especially in pressure situations and in the biggest games. He comes through like a champion! I loved coaching him, and I believe he'll be an outstanding professional. At this time, I think is so appropriate for him to take advantage of this opportunity."

RealGM's Shams Charania reported last week that Jones had begun meeting with potential agents and was moving towards declaring for the draft.


Tags: Tyus Jones, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Justise Winslow Leaves Duke For NBA Draft
Justise Winslow averaged 12.5 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting from the field.

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Tyus Jones Scheduling Agent Meetings, Moving Toward Declaring For Draft
Tyus Jones is proceeding toward plans to declare for the NBA Draft and is scheduling representation meetings, sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Jahlil Okafor Declares For NBA Draft
Jahlil Okafor is expected to be one of the top three picks in the draft.

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Grayson Allen Remaining At Duke For Sophomore Season
Grayson Allen has decided to return to Duke for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft, sources tell RealGM.

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NBA Execs Believe Tyus Jones' Stock Will Never Be Higher
Tyus Jones is expected to be a late first round pick if he leaves Duke for the NBA.

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Tyus Jones Named Most Outstanding Player Of Final Four
Joining Tyus Jones on the All-Final Four Team were Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker.

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Kaminsky, Okafor, Grant, Cauley-Stein, Russell Named To AP All-American Team
Frank Kaminsky headlines the 2014-15 AP All-American Team as a unanimous selection.

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Kentucky, Duke 5-Point Favorites In Final Four
Kentucky versus Duke is the probable matchup in the National Championship Game.

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools
Kentucky and Duke have 18 former players in the NBA apiece, while UCLA has the most total professionals with 34.

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Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, Wisconsin Earn No. 1 Seeds
Kentucky is the number one overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and are the top seed in the Midwest Region

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Jahlil Okafor Headlines 2015 ACC Awards
Jahlil Okafor has been named the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

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Kaminsky, Okafor, Russell Headline Wooden Award 15
Frank Kaminsky is one of 12 upperclassmen to be nominated, while Jahlil Okafor is one of just three underclassmen.

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Rasheed Sulaimon Accused Of Sexual Assault Against Two Women
Sources say Mike Krzyzewski knew about the allegations as early as 10 months before Rasheed Sulaimon was dropped from the team.


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Karl-Anthony Towns had the best PER of any of the likely top prospects of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Dick Vitale Won't Call Duke-UNC For First Time Since 1979
Jay Bilas will call the game with Dan Shulman.

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ACC, Pac-12, SEC Have Most Players Currently In NBA
Duke has 20 current NBA players, while North Carolina and Kentucky each have 18.

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Rasheed Sulaimon Dismissed From Duke's Basketball Program
Rasheed 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
ahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprise the DraftExpress top-5.

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Semi Ojeleye Transfers From Duke To SMU
Semi Ojeleye has committed to SMU after transferring from Duke

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Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft
Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

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