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Lawsuit Filed Against Zion Williamson Seeks Admission Of Several Illegal Benefits

May 11, 2020 1:52 AM

Gina Ford and Prime Marketing Sports, the former marketing company representing Zion Williamson, filed a lawsuit against Williamson, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and two of its employees.

The lawsuit, seeking $100 million in damages, alleges that Williamson violated their five-year contract to sign with CAA.

Ford and her lawyer also want Williamson to admit that he received several improper benefits to attend Duke, including that Williamson's mother and stepfather "demanded and received gifts and economic benefits from persons acting on behalf of Duke University (directly and/or indirectly) to influence [Williamson] to attend Duke University to play basketball."

In a separate filing, Ford's attorneys also asked Williamson to disclose both his and his parents' addresses while he attended Duke. 

Williamson sued Ford and Prime Marketing Sports last June in an attempt to get out of his deal with the marketing company.

Williamson's attorneys claim that the deal violated North Carolina's Uniform Athlete Agents Act because Prime Marketing Sports is not certified by the NBA Players Association nor registered as an agent in North Carolina or Florida.

A U.S. District Court judge in North Carolina denied Ford's motion to dismiss Williamson's charges back in April. 

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Vernon Carey Jr. To Enter 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 11, 2020 12:44 PM

Duke freshman Vernon Carey Jr. announced that he would enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

Carey is ranked as the No. 28 prospect by ESPN, and the No. 4 center in the draft.

"I grew as a player and person, and feel prepared to take that next step. After an incredible season, I am excited to enter the 2020 NBA Draft. I will always appreciate everyone at Duke who invested their time and energy to make me better -- Coach K and our coaches, our entire support staff, our managers, the Cameron Crazies and so many others across campus. Duke is a special place and you already know I will be back soon to catch a game and support my brothers," said Carey in a statement.

Carey averaged 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season.

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Cassius Stanley Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 8, 2020 1:31 AM

Duke freshman Cassius Stanley announced that he will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

The 20-year-old is ranked No. 50 on ESPN's Top 100.

Stanley averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils last season.

"It was an absolute joy to coach Cassius this season. I want to congratulate him and his great family on this decision. I've seen Cassius grow both as a player and person here at Duke, and I can't wait to see how his career develops at the next level," said Mike Krzyzewski.


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Graduate Transfer Patrick Tape Recommits To Duke

Apr 6, 2020 1:28 AM

Graduate transfer Patrick Tape announced that he will recommit to Duke.

Tape originally committed to Duke almost two weeks ago, then reopened his recruiting last week.

"I thought I rushed into it at first, but I realized that it was the best fit for me," said Tape.

Tape averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds for Columbia during the 2018-19 season.

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Grad Transfer Patrick Tape Decommitts From Duke

Apr 4, 2020 1:33 PM

Patrick Tape, a graduate transfer from Columbia who recently committed to Duke, has re-opened his recruitment.

There was no reason given for his decommitment.

Tape selected Duke over Syracuse, USC, and Ohio State.

Tape, who averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 during the 2018-19 season, is ranked in the top 10 of ESPN's graduate transfer rankings. 

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Graduate Transfer Patrick Tape Commits To Duke

Mar 25, 2020 1:25 AM

Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape announced his commitment to Duke.

Tape chose Duke over Syracuse, USC and Ohio State.

The 6-foot-10 tape, who averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds during the 2018-19 season, sat out this season due to a toe injury.

Tape is ranked in ESPN's top 10 for graduate transfers. 

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Tre Jones To Leave Duke For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 21, 2020 12:04 PM

Tre Jones will enter the 2020 NBA Draft after his sophomore season at Duke.

Jones is a projected first round pick.

Jones averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for the Blue Devils this season.

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Mark Williams Commits To Duke

Nov 2, 2019 12:40 PM

Mark Williams, a top-5 center in the 2020 class, officially committed to Duke over Michigan and UCLA.

Williams is ranked as the No. 30 player in the ESPN 100.

"He is a true center who is active, mobile and plays with a self-motivated motor. He impacts the transition game with his ability to run, change directions, and make chase-down blocks or lob dunks. In the half-court set, his defensive presence stands out as a shot-blocker and rebounder. Offensively, he will produce right away as a lob catcher and a drop-off finisher. His low-post, back-to-the-basket game is blossoming, as is his short face-up ability," said ESPN's Paul Biancardi of Williams' game.

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Jaemyn Brakefield Commits To Duke

Oct 5, 2019 12:15 PM

Jaemyn Brakefield officially announced his commitment to Duke over Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss, and Michigan.

The 6-foot-8 Brakefield is ranked No. 23 in the class of 2020, and is the No. 5 power forward.

Brakefield is the fourth five-star recruit in Duke's 2020 class.

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Duke Freshman Cassius Stanley Breaks Zion Williamson's Record For Vertical Jump

Sep 21, 2019 6:32 PM

Freshman Cassius Stanley broke Duke's record for a maximum vertical leap set by Zion Williamson last season.

Duke did not announce the measurement for either Stanley or Williamson's record.

Stanley was the no. 32 ranked player coming out of high school last season, according to ESPN. Stanley was part of a class that was ranked no. 2 in the country. 

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RJ Barrett Signs Endorsement Deal With Puma

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