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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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Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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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Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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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Tags: Cassius Stanley, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

RJ Barrett Signs Endorsement Deal With Puma

Aug 28, 2019 2:49 PM

RJ Barrett has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Puma.

Barrett was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Duke by the New York Knicks.

Puma began their comeback to basketball last year by signing DeMarcus Cousins, Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley and others.

Barrett's Duke teammate, Zion Williamson, signed with Jordan Brand.

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Tags: New York Knicks, Duke Blue Devils, NBA

Zion Williamson Sues To Terminate Agreement With Marketing Company

Jun 13, 2019 6:24 PM

Zion Williamson is suing to enforce his termination of an agreement he signed with a marketing company based in Florida.

Williamson signed a marketing deal with Gina Ford and Prime Sports on April 20.

That agreement included a clause that it could not be terminated for five years. Williamson's family told Ford and Prime Sports on May 31 that it was ending the agreement. The agency responded by saying that if Williamson terminated the deal, they would sue for damages in excess of $100 million.

Williamson has since signed with CAA Sports for his contractual and marketing representation.

Jeffrey S. Klein, an attorney for Williamson, told ESPN in a statement: "Prime Sports Marketing's actions towards Mr. Williamson blatantly violated the North Carolina statute specifically designed to protect student athletes. Mr. Williamson properly exercised his rights under the law to void his business dealings with Prime Sports Marketing. Prime Sports Marketing's continued threats against Mr. Williamson made necessary the filing of this lawsuit."

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Tags: Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils, NBA

Mike Krzyzewski's Grandson Joins Duke As Walk-On

Jun 7, 2019 1:42 AM

Mike Krzyzewski's grandson Michael Savarino will join Duke as a walk-on for the 2019-20 season.

"He's earned it. Michael was a really good player at Durham Academy, well-coached there, they had their best season ever. Played on a talented team this year. Michael is a leader, he's a good shooter, player," Krzyzewski said last week. 

Savarino appeared in a Sportscenter commercial in 2015 in which he texts Justise Winslow an emoji on behalf of Krzyzewski. 

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Tags: Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Cam Reddish To Undergo Core Muscle Surgery

May 31, 2019 6:18 PM

Cam Reddish will undergo a minor core muscle procedure.

Reddish will have a six-week timetable before he's fully healthy.

Reddish was plagued by the injury throughout his lone season at Duke.

Reddish is expected to be a lottery pick.

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Tags: Cam Reddish, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

RJ Barrett Declining Request From Grizzlies For Private Workout

May 31, 2019 9:54 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have been rather open with their intent to select Ja Morant at No. 2, but they have been sending mixed signals of late.

The Grizzlies have requested a private workout with RJ Barrett, but he has declined the invitation so far. Barrett could revisit the possibility over the next three weeks.

Barrett will work out for the New York Knicks, who select No. 3 overall, on June 10.

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Tags: R.J. Barrett, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Duke Blue Devils, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Zion Williamson Hires Austin Brown, Lisa Joseph-Metelus Of CAA As Agents

May 30, 2019 8:48 AM

Zion Williamson has hired CAA agent Austin Brown and Lisa Joseph-Metelus as his representation.

Brown represents Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, D'Angelo Russell, Gary Harris, Jaren Jackson Jr., Donovan Mitchell and several other NBA players.

Williamson had one of the more protracted agent searches in recent memory for a top draft pick.

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, Duke Blue Devils, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Zion Williamson's Stepfather Says Returning To Duke Hasn't Been Considered

May 16, 2019 9:26 AM

Zion Williamson's stepfather was interviewed by 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge about the prospect of playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.

There has been speculation that Williamson might consider returning to Duke for his sophomore season rather than play for the Pelicans. Williamson has yet to hire an agent and could theoretically return to Duke.

"As far as returning to Duke, that's not something we have even considered," said Lee Anderson.

"We met with David Griffin and had a great conversation and are excited at the prospect of getting settled and finding a place to stay."

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Windhorst/Stein Report Zion Williamson Could Theoretically Return To Duke
Zion Williamson has yet to sign with an agent and he would have until 10 days before the draft to return to school.

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Jeremy Roach Commits To Duke
Jeremy Roach is ranked No. 14 in the ESPN 100 for 2020.

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Top-30 Prospect Cassius Stanley Commits To Duke
Duke would have the top-ranked class for the 3rd straight year.

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Zion Williamson Declares For 2019 NBA Draft
Zion Williamson has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Duke Had Higher ESPN Ratings Than NBA During 18-19 Season
Duke averaged 2.23 million viewers per telecast on ESPN compared to 1.99 million for the NBA.

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Cam Reddish Declares For 2019 NBA Draft
Cam Reddish made the announcement on Instagram.

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RJ Barrett Leaves Duke For 2019 NBA Draft
RJ Barrett is a projected top-5 pick.


Tre Jones Will Stay At Duke For Sophomore Season
Tre Jones was rated by ESPN as the No. 4 point guard and No. 29 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Under Armour Unlikely To Sign Zion Williamson
Under Armour's CEO said his company has "to be thoughtful about how we play moneyball and how we deploy dollars."

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Final Four Ticket Prices Remain High Even Without Zion Williamson
The median starting price climbed from $205 on March 30th to $242 on March 31st and $347 on April 1st.

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USA Basketball Interested In Adding Zion Williamson To World Cup Roster
Zion Williamson and USA Basketball have yet to have formal discussions as he does not yet have an agent.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Zion Williamson Cleared To Return To Game Action
Zion Williamson has been cleared to return from his sprained ankle in Thursday's ACC Tournament game against Syracuse.

RealGM Staff Report

Zion Williamson Day-To-Day With Grade 1 Right Knee Sprain
Zion Williamson will be day-to-day.

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Duke-UNC Ticket Prices Hit Super Bowl Levels
The cheapest available tickets for Cameron Indoor Stadium is $2,500.

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