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Jalen Johnson Considered Lottery Lock By Multiple Sources

Jul 21, 2021 1:00 PM

Jalen Johnson is one of the bigger wildcards of the draft as he left Duke early during his freshman season and also departed IMG Academy midway through his senior season.

"I’ve spent more time digging into Johnson’s draft standing than any other player this year," writes Sam Vecenie, who has Johnson currently slotted at No. 12. "I’ve talked to a couple of executives for teams in the teens that have told me their team will not be selecting him. I’ve also talked to four different sources that seem to think Johnson is a lock in the lottery. Honestly, I’m not sure what to think. What I do know is that teams have some real questions about Johnson’s intel report that they’re still working through. When that is the case with one-and-done guys, they have a tendency to fall on draft night. Johnson’s range starts around here and reaches into the 20s."

Johnson averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 21.4 minutes over 13 games with Duke.

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Tags: Jalen Johnson, Duke Blue Devils, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mike Krzyzewski To Retire After 21-22 Season, Jon Scheyer To Become Coach-In-Waiting

Jun 2, 2021 1:23 PM

Mike Krzyzewski plans to retire as head coach of Duke after the 21-22 season.

Krzyzewski is working with university officials to name Jon Scheyer as the head coach-in-waiting. Scheyer was the leader recruiter on recent stars such as Jayson Tatum and Zion Williamson. 

Krzyzewski has been head coach of Duke since 1980 and has won five National Championships to go with 12 Final Four appearances. 

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Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA

Five-Star Prospect Trevor Keels Commits To Duke

Apr 3, 2021 1:34 PM

Five-star guard Trevor Keels announced his commitment to Duke.

He is the third five-star player in Duke's 2021 recruiting class.

Keels picked Duke over VirginiaVillanova and Kentucky.

Keels is ranked No. 19 in the ESPN 100 for the 2021 class. 

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Tags: Trevor Keels, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

Duke Freshman DJ Steward Enters Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

Apr 2, 2021 12:59 AM

Duke freshman DJ Steward announced his plans to enter the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Steward, who averaged 13 points last season, added that he plans on hiring an agent.

Steward is ranked No. 63 on ESPN's draft rankings.


Tags: D.J. Steward, Duke Blue Devils, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Declarations

Duke Could Still Play In NCAA Tournament If Selected

Mar 13, 2021 4:12 PM

Duke could still compete in the NCAA Tournament if they were selected as an at-large or a replacement team, sources told ESPN.

Duke withdrew from the ACC tournament after a positive test in the program.

Athletic director Kevin White said at the time that the withdrawal "will end our 2020-21 season."

Duke are 13-11 on the season, including 9-9 in the conference.

Teams will need to show seven consecutive negative tests to compete in the NCAA Tournament. 


Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA Tournament, NCAA

Duke Out Of ACC Tournament With Positive COVID-19 Test

Mar 11, 2021 11:11 AM

Duke has been eliminated from the ACC Tournament after recording a positive COVID-19 test within the program.

Duke was scheduled to play Florida State in the ACC quarterfinals.

By most accounts, Duke needed a very strong showing the tournament in order to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils haven't missed the NCAA Tournament since 1995.

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Duke Freshman Jalen Johnson Opting Out Of Season To Prepare For Draft

Feb 16, 2021 1:13 AM

Duke freshman Jalen Johnson announced that he is opting out of the rest of the season to prepare for the NBA Draft.

"Coach (Mike Krzyzewski), my teammates and the program have been nothing but supportive throughout this season, especially during the rehab of my foot injury. My family, coach and I have made the decision that I should not play the remainder of this season so I can be 100 percent healthy in preparation for the NBA Draft," said Johnson in a released statement.

Johnson averaged 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 13 games at Duke.

Johnson is currently ranked No. 6 in ESPN's draft rankings. 

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Tags: Jalen Johnson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Declarations

No. 3-Ranked Prospect Paolo Banchero Commits To Duke

Aug 21, 2020 1:22 AM

Paolo Banchero, the No. 3 prospect in the 2021 class, announced his commitment to Duke.

The 6-foot-8 center chose Duke over Tennessee and Kentucky.

Banchero gives Duke its second top-10 commitment for 2021, alongside No. 9-ranked A.J. Griffin.

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Tags: Paolo Banchero, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

Mike Krzyzewski Argues NCAA Can't Afford Not To Have 2021 Tournament

Aug 18, 2020 12:57 PM

Mike Krzyzewski believes the financial consequences of canceling the 2021 NCAA Tournament will be dire for collegiate amateur athletics.

"We're the thing that the NCAA is most concerned about because men's college basketball and the tournament pays for something like ... it produces 98% or more of the money for the NCAA," Krzyzewski said on Tuesday's edition of Keyshawn, JWIll & Zubin on ESPN Radio. "We need to have the tournament. We can't have it where two years in a row you don't have the NCAA tournament."

Per the NCAA's public audit, the group generated more than $867 million off the 2019 NCAA tournament. While Power 5 programs generate most of their revenue from football, the bulk of college basketball's 353 programs are in leagues that don't have access to that financial pipeline, which increases the value of the NCAA tournament.

Krzyzewski believes the NCAA must host a tournament in 2021, even if it doesn't start in March.

"I think that's where you should start," Krzyzewski said on ESPN Radio. "Make sure you have the tournament. It doesn't make any difference when it is. Because we don't even know when the NBA season is going to be next year. And we should look at them to see how they navigate the waters going forward. They've navigated them really well with the bubble."

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