Amrith Ramkumar |
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Former Duke star J.J. Redick is staying busy this offseason with his podcast on Yahoo Sports' The Vertical, and he also made time to throw out the first pitch at Saturday's Los Angeles Angels game.
Redick is not the first notable Duke athletics figure to throw out a first pitch this summer. Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe threw out the first pitch at a New York Yankees game in May. Read more »
Jack Dolgin |
LOS ANGELES—Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was well known in the U.S. before he became Team USA's head coach in 2005 as a three-time NCAA champion, but since taking over the national team and winning two Olympic gold medals, the 69-year old's influence has spread across the globe.
“Without any doubt, Coach K is one of the best coaches in the world and has a great influence to all basketball people,” Chinese national team head coach Gong Luming said Sunday at the Staples Center after facing the United States in an exhibition game before the Olympics.
As Krzyzewski aims to become the first head coach to ever win three Olympic gold medals with the national team, his influence in bringing basketball to other parts of the world continues to grow. In addition to winning his first gold medal in Beijing in 2008, Krzyzewski took his Duke team to China for the Friendship Games in 2011.
“He’s not only well known in America, many, many people in China know him very well,” Luming said. Read more »
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After safety Jeremy Cash became a fixture on preseason award lists and All-ACC teams as a senior a year ago before winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, a new member of Duke's defensive backfield is garnering hype this offseason.
Although DeVon Edwards was left off the preseason All-ACC team announced Wednesday morning as a specialist or a cornerback, the Covington, Ga., native has already earned several accolades this offseason on a national scale.
"[Cash] sort of told me to stay focused, don't try to do everything yourself," Edwards said at last week's ACC media day in Charlotte, N.C. "By him giving me that wisdom, just keep having fun, do what I've been doing these past three years, is the best advice I've took from him."
Earlier this offseason, the redshirt senior was named preseason second-team All-America as a return specialist the Phil Steele Magazine and fourth-team All-America by Athlon Sports. With six career kickoff returns for touchdowns, Edwards garnered preseason first-team All-ACC honors from Athlon Sports and ESPN. He is just one kick return for a touchdown away from former Clemson star C.J. Spiller's ACC and NCAA career record of seven. Read more »
Jack Dolgin |
LOS ANGELES—A slew of top NBA players turned down opportunities to represent the U.S. in the Olympics this year. Two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry, four-time MVP LeBron James, first-team All-NBA guard Russell Westbrook and first-team All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard were part of a large group of top players who declined to travel Rio de Janeiro, citing various personal and health reasons.
Missing from that group was someone who understands the risks of playing internationally in the summer better than anyone—Indiana Pacers forward Paul George.
George suffered a gruesome compound fracture in his right leg in a scrimmage before the 2014 FIBA World Cup, missing almost the entire 2014-15 season after making two consecutive All-Star Game appearances and helping Indiana to two straight Eastern Conference Finals. The 26-year old had the best season of his career last year, averaging 23.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, and had a difficult decision to make about competing in Rio.
The swingman decided to compete in the Olympics despite his previous injury, and it didn't hurt that the head coach of the national team was still Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has been with George ever since the shocking moment in 2014. Read more »
Amrith Ramkumar |
It's usually nothing but good news these days on the recruiting trail for the program that has had three straight top-ranked recruiting classes, but one of the best point guards in the Class of 2017 decided Duke was not for him.
Five-star point guard Trae Young announced his top six schools Wednesday night, officially eliminating the Blue Devils from consideration after Kentucky, Oklahoma and Washington recently emerged as the favorites for the Norman, Okla., native.
Young shared MVP honors at the Peach Jam earlier this month with AAU teammate Michael Porter, the No. 4 player in the Class of 2017 who recently committed to Washington to play for his father, an assistant coach, and godfather, head coach Lorenzo Romar. A 6-foot-2 sharpshooter, Young is the No. 21 player in the country according to ESPN and the class' second-best point guard. Read more »
Amrith Ramkumar |
Former Duke golfer Kevin Streelman has never finished in the top 10 in a professional major, though he has three career top-15 finishes.
If he cracks the top 10 this week at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., he might thank another former Blue Devil—J.J. Redick.
Streelman, the 102nd-ranked golfer in the world, revealed a new wedge named after Redick, the all-time leading scorer in Duke men's basketball history and current guard for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sameer Pandhare |
Playing on opposite sides of the ball, cornerback DeVon Edwards and quarterback Thomas Sirk don't always spend time helping each other out.
But the Blue Devils' two student representatives at ACC media day needed to combine their talents Thursday morning to work past a major obstacle—tying a bowtie.
The duo showed their fashion sense, rocking a pair of matching silver bowties as they answered questions alongside Duke head coach David Cutcliffe about the upcoming season.
Amrith Ramkumar |
They played at the Peach Jam earlier this month and recently won gold medals with the U17 national team, and five-star Class of 2017 forward Wendell Carter and five-star guard Gary Trent Jr. have wasted little time making headlines since.
First, Trent announced on Twitter Friday that he will transfer to Findlay Prep for his senior year of high school.
The shooting guard is the top player at his position and No. 9 in the country according to ESPN. He played his first three seasons at Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minn., the same school that produced former Duke standout and 2015 national champion Tyus Jones, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. Read more »
Hank Tucker |
Brandon Ingram received more hype entering the summer league as the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA draft, but it was Tyus Jones who stole the show and took the NBA by storm with an impressive week at the Las Vegas Summer League to carry his team to the championship game.
Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves: A month after Kyrie Irving made the game-winning 3-pointer
for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, it looked as though
another former Duke point guard had won Monday's NBA summer league finals with a
contested triple of his own.
Former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine snatched the
role of hero instead. Read more »
Amrith Ramkumar Hank Tucker, |
After a hot start to the summer on the recruiting trail, Duke football has carried its momentum into July with the season less than two months away.
The Blue Devils have secured five three-star Class of 2017 commits and one four-star since early June to go along with their first Class of 2018 recruit, pushing Duke to No. 23 in 247sports' class rankings for 2017 and No. 24 in the Class of 2018.
Head coach David Cutcliffe and company locked down a commitment from three-star 2018 quarterback Gunnar Holmberg Thursday.
The Wake Forest, N.C., native is the 22nd-ranked dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2018 according to 247sports and also had an offer from the Blue Devils' in-state ACC rival Wake Forest. A 6-foot-3, 175-pound prospect, Holmberg also had drawn interest from North Carolina, South Carolina and N.C. State. Read more »