Mike Krzyzewski has 'great influence' on Chinese basketball

Mike Krzyzewski has 'great influence' on Chinese basketball

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 »

Defensive back, kickoff returner DeVon Edwards earns several preseason accolades

Defensive back, kickoff returner DeVon Edwards earns several preseason accolades

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 »

Indiana star Paul George builds strong relationship with Mike Krzyzewski during return to USA Basketball

Indiana star Paul George builds strong relationship with Mike Krzyzewski during return to USA Basketball

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 »

Recruiting Roundup: Five-star 2017 point guard Trae Young cuts Duke from list

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 »

Former Duke golfer Kevin Streelman names new wedge after J.J. Redick ahead of PGA Championship

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. 

Duke football stars Thomas Sirk, DeVon Edwards team up to wear bowties to ACC media day Thursday

Duke football stars Thomas Sirk, DeVon Edwards team up to wear bowties to ACC media day Thursday

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. 

Recruiting Roundup: Forward Wendell Carter cuts list to 8, Gary Trent Jr. transfers to Findlay Prep ahead of senior year

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 »

Duke in the NBA: Tyus Jones wins MVP of NBA Summer League, comes up just short in championship thriller

Duke in the NBA: Tyus Jones wins MVP of NBA Summer League, comes up just short in championship thriller

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 »

Football recruiting roundup: 3-star 2018 quarterback Gunnar Holmberg, 4-star defensive end Drew Jordan highlight slew of summer commitments

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 »

Recruiting Roundup: Several Duke basketball 2017 targets stand out at Peach Jam 2016

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 »