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Duke Hires Rachel Baker In Newly Created General Manager Position

Jun 8, 2022 1:09 AM

Duke men's basketball head coach Jon Scheyer hired Rachel Baker in a newly created general manager role for the program.

Baker's position is described as helping players "enhance their personal and professional skillsets," which includes overseeing NIL opportunities for players.

Baker previously spent eight years at Nike, working grassroots partnerships and event strategy for the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).

Baker also spent a year working with the NBA to rebrand the WNBA. 

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Tyrese Proctor Reclassifies Into 2022 Class, Will Play For Duke Next Season

Jun 3, 2022 1:03 AM

Tyrese Proctor will reclassify into the 2022 class and play for Duke next season, announced the school on Thursday.

Proctor originally committed to the Blue Devils as part of the class of 2023.

"I'm ready to step up and face a new challenge where I maximize my development as a player and continue to grow on and off the court. Waiting a year to put on that Duke jersey was too long," announced Proctor in a statement.

Proctor represents the seventh commitment for the Blue Devils in the 2022 class. They already were ranked at the No. 1 recruiting class in the country prior to Proctor's reclassification. 

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Trevor Keels To Leave Duke For NBA Draft

Jun 2, 2022 1:18 AM

Trevor Keels will keep his name in the NBA Draft, sources told Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

Keels, one of the youngest players projected to be picked at 18 years old, is currently slotted as the No. 26 selection according to ESPN.

Keels was selected to the ACC's All-Rookie team. He finished his college career with a 19-point performance against UNC in the NCAA Final Four. 

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AJ Griffin Declares for 2022 NBA Draft

Apr 24, 2022 5:00 PM

Duke freshman wing A.J. Griffin is following the lead of several teammates and has declared as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2022 NBA Draft. Griffin becomes the fourth Blue Devil to declare for the draft. He joins Paolo Banchero, Trevor Keels, Wendell Moore Jr. and Mark Williams on the Early Entry list.

In his lone season at Duke, Griffin averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-6 wing shot 49.3% from the field, including 44.7% on three-pointers.

Griffin projects to be a mid-lottery pick by most draft experts. Several have him ranked inside the top-10.

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Trevor Keels Declares for 2022 NBA Draft

Apr 24, 2022 1:08 PM

Duke freshman Trevor Keels has declared as an Early Entry candidate for the 2022 NBA Draft. Keels joins four other Blue Devils in making himself available for the draft.

That group includes projected lottery picks Paolo Banchero and Mark Williams, as well as potential first-rounder Wendell Moore Jr.

Keels projects to be selected in the late-first to early-second round. In his freshman season, the 6-foot-4 point guard averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

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Wendell Moore Jr. Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 22, 2022 12:57 AM

Wendell Moore Jr. became the third Duke player to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft following his announcement on Thursday.

Moore also plans on hiring an agent. 

"This program, this school, my teammates, coaches, and you the fans, have meant so much to me and my family. Together, we have produced memories and experiences that will last forever," wrote Moore on Instagram.

Moore is ranked as the No. 35 pick in the latest mock draft from ESPN's Jonathan Givony. 

Moore averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 39 starts this season while captaining the team. 

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Paolo Banchero Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 21, 2022 1:11 AM

Paolo Banchero announced his decision to enter the 2022 NBA Draft in a video posted to social media.

"It has always been a dream of mine to play at Duke, and it has always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA," said Banchero.

Banchero is projected to be the No. 3 pick in the draft, according to the latest mock from ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

Banchero averaged 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds during the season.

"He is so dynamic, explosive and versatile -- a model player in today's NBA game. He did whatever we asked at a very high level," added Mike Krzyzewski in a statement. 

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Duke Center Mark Williams Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 19, 2022 1:03 AM

Duke center Mark Williams declared for the NBA draft on Monday in a video posted to social media. 

"Duke has prepared me to take this next step and I'm excited to announce I will be declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft," announced Williams.

Williams, ranked the No. 18 draft prospect by ESPN, averaged 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 39 games last season.

"He is gifted at both ends of the floor and is driven to get even better every day," added Mike Krzyzewski in a statement. 

Multiple Duke players from last season's roster are considered likely to declare for the NBA draft. 

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2022 March Madness Betting Guide: Final Four Odds, Tips & Predictions

Mar 31, 2022 4:41 PM

It’s bluebloods only and narratives galore with a TV executive’s dream group of national championship contenders entering this weekend’s Final Four action in New Orleans.

No. 1 Kansas is the lone top seed of the group, but No. 2 Duke is currently the betting favorite at top sportsbooks, with +160 odds to cut down the nets in the Big Easy. The Jayhawks are now second on the March Madness board at +180, while the Jayhawks’ opponent - No. 2 Villanova – is third with college basketball futures odds of +450.

No. 8 North Carolina rounds out the board with +500 odds to upset the Blue Devils again and eventually get it done in Monday’s national title game.

Final Four NCAA Tournament Winner Odds

Team Odds
2. Duke +160
1. Kansas +180
2. Villanova +450
8. North Carolina +500

All odds current as of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.

 

Final Four Favorites

While Kansas was the overall betting favorite entering the Elite Eight, those college basketball odds have flipped with Duke now leading the charge at +160 and Kansas second at +180.

The Blue Devils have been crushing it on betting apps all month, covering three straight games leading into Saturday’s Final Four matchup with North Carolina.

Duke is a -4 favorite in what will certainly be coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final game against the Tar Heels. It’s an insane turn of events for both teams after North Carolina upset Duke in Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor – in what then was presumably his last game against the bitter rival. Now the stars have aligned for an epic rematch in New Orleans with a shot at the National Championship on the line.

 

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, quietly rolled through Providence and Miami to get back to the biggest stage in college hoops. Kansas has been billed as a serious title contender all season, even more so than Duke and No. 2 Villanova. Bill Self’s squad has been mostly drama-free and doesn’t play down to its competition – of the Jayhawks’ six losses, five came against NCAA Tournament teams – including three teams seeded third or better.

Everyone is talking about Krzyzewski and Duke going into the weekend. But with star guard Ochai Agbaji leading the charge and the most impressive resume top-to-bottom, Kansas is the more sensible pick at +180 odds to win it all.

 

Final Four Underdogs

Villanova isn’t technically an underdog as a No. 2 seed, but you wouldn’t know it after the past few weeks. The Wildcats shut down a red-hot Houston in the Elite Eight with most expecting the Cougars to get it done and reach the Final Four for the second year in a row.

Villanova was a popular pick last year before star guard Collin Gillespie went down with a season-ending injury ahead of the tournament. Now Gillespie is back and doing his thing alongside standout forward Jermaine Samuels, and Villanova is just one win away from another national championship appearance. The problem is this is the most skilled and dangerous opponent Villanova has seen this month. Maybe by a lot. We don’t see Villanova making it ugly enough to get past Kansas in the semifinals.

 

North Carolina is the more intriguing dog – the No. 8 Tar Heels are playing more like a No. 1 seed and crushed No. 15 Saint Peter's dreams in ruthless fashion during a 20-point Elite Eight win. They also put on a ridiculous offensive onslaught to pull away from UCLA in the Sweet 16.

The Tar Heels already crushed Duke’s dreams once in the final game of the regular season. They’re +4 underdogs for the rubber match after Duke beat them by 20 in Chapel Hill. This is one of the most anticipated Final Four matchups of all time and could go either way. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a serious challenge for the winning team to regroup and come back just as strong 48 hours later in a potential title game matchup with Kansas. That’s another reason we like the Jayhawks to come out on top in the end.

 

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March Madness Elite Eight Picks: Houston vs Villanova & Duke vs Arkansas

Mar 31, 2022 4:39 PM

We’re officially hitting the home stretch of the college basketball betting action as March Madness rolls into the Elite Eight with a pair of regional finals Saturday.

No. 5 Houston is a -2.5 favorite over No. 2 Villanova for the first matchup in San Antonio. We’ve also got No. 2 Duke taking on No. 4 Arkansas, with the Blue Devils favored by -3.5.

 

Saturday’s College Basketball Betting Lines To Back

Houston -2.5 over Villanova

We’re not at all surprised to see the Cougars back in this spot for the second year in a row. Houston is so good on both ends of the floor and proved it yet again in a dominant 72-60 win over Arizona Thursday.

Things probably won’t go much better for Villanova today – there’s nothing the Wildcats do better than Houston and both teams prefer to play at the same pace. The Cougars have the momentum and the look of a team that’s ready to steamroll their way to another Final Four. We’re on Houston -2.5.

 

Duke -3.5 over Arkansas

This should be a track meet with two teams that love to push it in transition. Arkansas has one of the best backcourts in the country and Duke has the size and reach advantage in the paint. The Razorbacks guards do a great job around the rim and they were able to handle Gonzaga’s NBA big men in the Sweet 16 upset win.

The Blue Devils will be a tougher out. This is a battle-tested team that’s faced plenty of adversity and dealt with distractions all season. Now they’re playing their best ball of the year and should get past the Razorbacks to keep the dream of a Final Four rematch with North Carolina alive. We’re on Duke -3.5.

 

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March Madness Sweet 16 Odds & Picks For Thursday, March 24

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Dereck Lively Commits To Duke

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