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Zion Williamson Day-To-Day With Grade 1 Right Knee Sprain

Feb 21, 2019 6:16 PM

Zion Williamson has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right knee sprain.

Williamson will be day-to-day.

Williamson suffered the injury during the opening minute of Duke's loss on Wednesday to North Carolina.

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Duke-UNC Ticket Prices Hit Super Bowl Levels

Feb 20, 2019 10:43 AM

Ticket prices for Wednesday's game between Duke and North Carolina have reached amounts typically reserved for Super Bowls.

The cheapest available tickets for Cameron Indoor Stadium is $2,500.

One ticket to this week's UNC-Duke game sold for $10,652, per Vivid Seats. 

Duke is ranked No. 1 while North Carolina ranks No. 8 with the presence of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish adding more intrigue to the rivalry game.

"Between Zion Williamson, a No. 1 ranking and this being one of the biggest rivalries in sports, there's intense demand," TickPick marketing strategist Kyle Zorn said. "There's also a limited supply of inventory, which is having a major effect on price. Cameron Indoor Stadium has 13 percent the seating capacity of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. When you factor in that the floor seating is reserved for students, you're left with a short supply -- and massive demand."

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Zion Williamson Leaves Game With Eye Injury

Jan 12, 2019 7:35 PM

Zion Williamson left Duke's 80-78 last-second win over Florida State in the first half after getting poked in the eye. He did not return to the game.

"He had double vision. He came out in the second half -- Nate [James, associate head coach] told me, with about three minutes to go -- I wasn't out on the court yet; he ran back and said, 'Zion's got double vision.' And I said, 'Well, let's see. He can't play, obviously, if he has that,'" said Mike Krzyzewski. 

 

Krzyzewski was optimistic over Williamson's availability for their Monday game against Syracuse. 

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Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke

Dec 6, 2018 4:36 PM

Vernon Carey Jr. has announced his commitment to Duke.

Carey is a 6'10 center and considered the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2019.

Carey's father played football at Miami and for the Miami Dolphins.

Carey chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and North Carolina. 

"Vernon Carey Jr. brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court," said Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director. "What makes him special is his ability to dominate in the paint while also being effective with his face-up game. His nimble footwork and soft touch is not talked about enough at his physically imposing size. His future upside lies in conditioning."

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Zion Williamson Settling In As No. 1 Prospect Of 2019 NBA Draft Class

Nov 23, 2018 10:31 AM

Zion Williamson is settling in as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft class.

Williamson's blend of skill, size, strength and athleticism makes him one of the most unique prospects in recent memory.

"Don't overthink this one," said one high ranking executive.

"Don't pass up on another unicorn," said another.

Williamson has exceeded expectations over his first few weeks with Duke.

Some scouts believe the No. 1 pick will come down to Williamson and Cam Reddish, not RJ Barrett.

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Marvin Bagley Jr. Signs Endorsement Deal With Puma

Jun 14, 2018 7:33 PM

Marvin Bagley Jr. and Puma have agreed upon a five-year endorsement deal.

The contract is expected to be the most lucrative deal signed by a draft pick since Kevin Durant since with Nike in 2007.

Puma is believed to be negotiating with other players in this draft as they look to enter the basketball market.

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Wendell Carter Jr.'s Mother Compares NCAA System To Slavery, Prison System

May 7, 2018 8:10 PM

The mother of Wendell Carter Jr., Kylia Carter compared the current system of NCAA basketball to slavery and a prison system.

Carter declared for the 2018 NBA Draft as an anticipated lottery pick, but it reportedly was a difficult decision.

Kylia Carter's comments came at a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

"When you remove all the bling and the bells and the sneakers and all that," she said, "you've paid for a child to come to your school to do what you wanted them to do for you, for free, and you made a lot of money when he did that, and you've got all these rules in place that say he cannot share in any of that. The only other time when labor does not get paid but yet someone else gets profits and the labor is black and the profit is white, is in slavery.

"To be honest with you," she said, "it's nauseating."

Kylia Carter played basketball at and graduated from Ole Miss.

"This would be even harder to say in the crowd, but I can say it here," she said in a hallway following the meeting. "It feels intentional. It feels like it was built this way intentionally. I can't move that from my thoughts.

"Should the NCAA be removed? Yes, because I don't trust it," she said. "You're not to be trusted because your intentions are clear. Let's call this group in the middle, let's call it something else. Let's put some real reform in there and call it something different and get rid of the current status quo because it's based on indentured servitude."

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Wendell Carter Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2018 12:32 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. will leave Duke to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Carter needed more time to make his decision than most other projected lottery picks.

“I want to thank Duke University, my coaches and teammates for helping me so much, not only on the court, but off it as well,” Carter said in a statement on his Instagram account. "We’re all brothers, we all have each others’ backs. I’m really going to miss being around my friends, but I’m really going to cherish the moments we had together. I’m very excited and very happy to say I was part of something special here at Duke.”

Carter averaged 13.5 points per game and 9.1 rebounds this past season at Duke.

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Wendell Carter Jr. Undecided About Declaring For NBA

Apr 11, 2018 11:24 AM

Wendell Carter Jr. remains undecided about whether to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Carter's parents have opposing views on what he should decide.

"I told him I wanted him to come back," Carter's mom Kylia Carter told The Undefeated. "His jaw dropped. It has nothing to do with basketball. It's about you. It's about who he is. He is a student at core. Yes, he is a great basketball player. But he's an 18-year-old kid. He is having a tug with a heart and his mind. I don't feel for him because I think it's good for him that he is going through this struggle. It's his decision. He has to live with it." 

Carter is expected to be a lottery pick if he leaves Duke.

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Gary Trent Jr. Leaves Duke For 2018 NBA Draft

Apr 7, 2018 2:07 PM

Gary Trent Jr. has announced he will leave Duke for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Trent averaged 14.5 points per game in 33.8 minutes per game. 

Trent broke J.J. Redick's Duke freshman record for 3-point field goals with 97. Redick had 95 in 2003.

"Gary was the best three-point shooter in the ACC," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a press release. "At the NBA level, that’s what they’re looking for. He has the size of a two-guard who will be able to fit in the NBA. We appreciate everything Gary brought to Duke Basketball and wish him the best as he begins his journey in professional basketball."

Trent is projected to be a mid-first round pick.

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Trevon Duval Leaves Duke For 2018 NBA Draft
Trevon Duval is a likely second round pick.

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Marvin Bagley Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Marvin Bagley is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.

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R.J. Barrett Named 2018 Naismith High School Player Of The Year
R.J. Barrett becomes just the second Canadian to win the prestigious award.

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