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 »
Amrith Ramkumar |
On one of high school basketball's biggest stages at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Peach Jam finals in North Augusta, S.C., several Duke targets stood out in front of head coach Mike Krzyzewski, associate head coach Jeff Capel and assistants Jon Scheyer and Nate James.
Five-star Blue Devil target Trae Young and former Duke target Michael Porter, Jr. excelled throughout the event, with their Mokan Elite team dominating en route to the title. In the championship game against PSA Cardinals, which features two other five-star Blue Devil targets in point guard Quade Green and big man Mohamed Bamba, Young and Porter combined for 61 points in a 93-65 beatdown.
A 6-foot-2 point guard, Young had 28 points and 11 assists in the championship game. The No. 21 recruit in the Class of 2017 visited Duke last June, and is rumored to be considering several schools, including Kentucky, Kansas, the Blue Devils, Oklahoma and Washington. Young is one of three 2017 point guards Duke is recruiting, and the Norman, Okla., native has long been linked to package deal talks with his AAU teammate Porter.
A lethal swingman, Porter had 33 points in the championship game. The No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2017 according to ESPN is expected to go to Washington to play for his father, Michael Porter, Sr., who was recently hired as an assistant coach with the Huskies, and his godfather, head coach Lorenzo Romar. Porter Jr. cut his top five to Washington, Missouri, Virginia, Oklahoma and Indiana in late May, eliminating Duke from consideration. Read more »
Sam Turken |
With the NBA
postseason and draft over, several former Blue Devils are making their
professional debuts, gaining more playing experience or trying to secure a roster
spot as they participate in the NBA’s various summer leagues. Here is a
breakdown of how they have performed so far.
Miami Heat: Winslow is playing in the summer league for the second
consecutive year after scoring 6.4 points per game and shooting 42.2 percent as a rookie last season. Although
he averaged 16.3 points in three games in the Orlando Summer League,
Winslow shot just 29.8 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from beyond the
arc. Against the Detroit Pistons July 7, the 6-foot-7 forward finished 3-of-17 with 13
But despite his shooting struggles, Winslow has displayed glimpses of his
athleticism and play-making ability.
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Hank Tucker |
After starting his college career at Duke, Terrence Alls will finish it playing for the Dukes.
The 6-foot-1 wide receiver will transfer to play at James Madison, the Dukes announced Monday. Alls was dismissed from the Blue Devil program along with Johnell Barnes and Chris Holmes in November for undisclosed reasons. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately for James Madison.
Alls caught eight passes for 70 yards in 17 games at Duke, notching five receptions for 45 yards in the best game of his career last season against Miami.
The Miami Gardens, Fla., native played in all 13 games in 2014 after redshirting during the 2013 season, but was suspended indefinitely in March 2015. He was reinstated to the team in October, but was dismissed after just four games as a redshirt sophomore. Read more »
Amrith Ramkumar |
After going on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" Friday to talk with former point guard Jay Williams, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski went on former Blue Devil shooting guard J.J. Redick's podcast on The Vertical for Yahoo Sports. Krzyzewski said it was the first time he had been on a podcast.
The podcast was released Monday, and the former National Player of the Year and current Los Angeles Clippers guard discussed his favorite memory of Krzyzewski, the national team head coach's motivation, recruiting, social media and much more. Below are some of the highlights from their discussion.
Krzyzewski on his changing view of one-and-done players:
We always look for three things. They have to be good players, they have to be good enough academically to do well at Duke and the third thing is they have to be really good kids. We recruit good character. What's happened now since around Kyrie [Irving's] time is there are more kids that fit those criteria who are one-and-done players. Read more »
Hank Tucker |
Anonymous sources drive media coverage of the NBA's free agency period, but former Blue Devil big man Jahlil Okafor did not take kindly to a report that targeted him.
Okafor has been the subject of several trade rumors this offseason as the Philadelphia 76ers attempt to cash in on their surplus of young frontcourt players, and Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times cited an NBA source that said Okafor was "upset" about Philadelphia's efforts to trade him in a story published Saturday evening.
The 6-foot-11 center lashed out at the report on Twitter Sunday, denying the rumors and reaffirming his commitment to the 76ers for the upcoming season.
Amrith Ramkumar |
Kevin Durant's Monday announcement that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors shook the NBA world, but a number of former Duke stars are also on the move this summer to new teams. Here is a breakdown of how free agency has impacted several former Blue Devils so far:
Luol Deng, Los Angeles Lakers (Four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers): After averaging 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 74 games for Miami last season, Deng cashed in on his solid performance by landing a lucrative deal with the Lakers. The swingman just completed his 12th NBA season and has career averages of 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
The Sudan native will join another former Blue Devil wing in Los Angeles—Brandon Ingram, who the Lakers took with the No. 2 pick in last month's NBA Draft. Los Angeles also signed center Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million contract early in free agency and will add Ingram, Deng and Mozgov to a young core featuring guards D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson and forward Julius Randle.
Gerald Henderson, Philadelphia 76ers (Two-year, $18 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers): He just completed his seventh NBA season as a reserve guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, and now he's going back home. Henderson, who has averaged 11.5 points per game in his career, played high school basketball in the Philadelphia area before playing at Duke. The 6-foot-5 guard's father also spent two seasons with the 76ers as part of his NBA career. Read more »