Duke baseball's Bellinger, Ziemba and Herron selected on third day of MLB Draft

Duke baseball's Bellinger, Ziemba and Herron selected on third day of MLB Draft

Although they failed to repeat the program’s thrilling run of 2016, three Blue Devils nevertheless found some reward for their work this season, as they heard their names called Wednesday on Day 3 of the 2017 MLB Draft. 

Junior first baseman Justin Bellinger, redshirt junior pitcher James Ziemba and sophomore outfielder Jimmy Herron were selected at Nos. 647, 655 and 932 overall, respectively. Bellinger went to the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round—becoming the first Duke player to be drafted in 2017— just eight spots ahead of Ziemba, who was picked by the Los Angeles Angels. 

In the 31st round, Herron became the program’s first outfielder selected since 2009, going to the New York Yankees. 

All three still have the option to return to school next year if they do not agree to terms with the teams that drafted them. Read more »

Duke in the NBA: Irving can't carry Cavaliers to title, Jones fined all but $127 of his salary

Duke in the NBA: Irving can't carry Cavaliers to title, Jones fined all but $127 of his salary

Kyrie Irving helped carry the Cavaliers to their third straight NBA Finals, but couldn't get them over the hump for a second consecutive title.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

After taking the Cavaliers all the way back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA championship last season, the magic ran out for Irving and Cleveland.

Despite nearly 30 points a game from Irving alongside LeBron James, the Cavaliers were overwhelmed by the Golden State Warriors, capturing their second title in three seasons with a 129-120 Game 5 win Monday. Read more »

Duke men's basketball reveals jersey numbers for incoming freshmen

Duke men's basketball reveals jersey numbers for incoming freshmen

Duke's incoming freshmen had plenty of available jersey numbers to pick from with only seven players returning next season, and the team revealed their decisions on Twitter Tuesday night.

Trevon Duval will wear No. 1, Gary Trent Jr. will wear No. 2, Jordan Tucker will wear No. 5, Jordan Goldwire will wear No. 14, Alex O'Connell will wear No. 15 and Wendell Carter will wear No. 34.

Goldwire's No. 14 is the only new number that was not worn by a departing Blue Devil from last year's team. Brandon Ingram was the last No. 14 at Duke in 2015-16. Read more »

Duke in the NBA: Irving leads Cavaliers back to finals, Ingram in rebuilding Lakers' future

Duke in the NBA: Irving leads Cavaliers back to finals, Ingram in rebuilding Lakers' future

The Blue Devils have the most NBA players in the league, but Kyrie Irving is the only big name left for Duke in the Finals—and he delivered.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Plagued by a toe injury at Duke, Irving never had the chance to come through when it mattered the most—but he certainly has taken advantage of his opportunities the last two years.

After helping propel the Cavaliers all the way back to win a championship from a 3-1 deficit against Golden State in the NBA Finals last season, Irving once again stepped up big for Cleveland, taking them back to face the Warriors for the third year in a row. Read more »

Chron Chat: Looking ahead to Duke men's basketball's 2017-18 season

Chron Chat: Looking ahead to Duke men's basketball's 2017-18 season

It has been a busy offseason for Duke, with guard Frank Jackson unexpectedly becoming one of four Blue Devils to leave early for the NBA Draft, Kevin Knox spurning Duke for Kentucky and five-star point guard Trevon Duval putting the finishing touches on a six-player recruiting class coming to Durham next year. The Chronicle's Mitchell Gladstone, Sameer Pandhare and Hank Tucker break down how all the moving pieces will impact head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team:

0:42—What may have made Frank Jackson decide to leave after just one year and how his absence will affect the Blue Devils.

3:40—Breaking down potential NBA landing spots for Duke's four players that entered the draft.

6:37—Whether freshman Jordan Tucker or sophomores Javin DeLaurier and Jack White can be the answer to fill the Blue Devils' void on the wing after failing to land Kevin Knox. Read more »

This week in Duke history: Men's lacrosse nearly comes back from false allegations to win national title

This week in Duke history: Men's lacrosse nearly comes back from false allegations to win national title

Ten years ago this week, one of the most inspiring stories in Duke sports history ended just short of a fairy tale.

After losing its season in the wake of an alleged—and later deemed false—rape incident involving a group of men's lacrosse players, Duke stormed to the national championship game. 

But they came up just short.

The Blue Devils lost to Johns Hopkins in the finals for the second time in three years May 28, 2007, and lost to the Blue Jays once again in the national semifinals a year later.  Read more »

Duke in the MLB: Toronto's Stroman succeeding on the mound and at the plate

Duke in the MLB: Toronto's Stroman succeeding on the mound and at the plate

Before Marcus Stroman became one of the Blue Jays’ top starting pitchers, he played second base for Duke.

Although he eventually became a full-time pitcher, he can still rake.

Following catcher Luke Maile's home run, the former Duke standout hit his first career big-league home run Thursday against the Braves, launching a 91 mile-per-hour fastball off Braves ace Julio Teheran into the right-field stands. Stroman’s opposite field shot made the duo the first American League battery to hit back-to-back homers in nearly 50 years.

The Medford, N.Y., native has earned just 10 at-bats in the big leagues thus far, but hasn’t missed the opportunity to make an impact—he scored the winning run in the 11th inning April 25 against the Cardinals after hitting a pinch-hit double. Read more »

No. 5 recruit and 5-star point guard Trevon Duval commits to Duke men's basketball

No. 5 recruit and 5-star point guard Trevon Duval commits to Duke men's basketball

After missing out on adding five-star wing Kevin Knox last Saturday, the Blue Devils will add to their already-impressive haul with yet another top 10 prospect.

Five-star guard Trevon Duval, the top point guard in the Class of 2017, committed to Duke Monday morning with a video created by The Players' Tribune.

The Wilmington, Del., native chose the Blue Devils ahead of Kansas, Arizona, Seton Hall and Baylor and will be joining a loaded backcourt that features experience and lights-out shooting in senior Grayson Allen as well as freshman shooting guard Gary Trent Jr, the No. 8 prospect in the ESPN 100 who committed in November. Read more »

This week in Duke history: Odd NCAA rule prevents All-American from having all four years of eligibility

This week in Duke history: Odd NCAA rule prevents All-American from having all four years of eligibility

NCAA rules for many topics, and especially eligibility, can be quite confusing—and sometimes even nonsensical.

1985 Duke graduate and men's tennis player Chaim Arlosorov found that out the hard way.

At the age of 24, he played his freshman year at Duke in 1982, but earned just two other seasons of eligibility before a federal appeals court said his time as a collegiate athlete was up.

Arlosorov was from Israel and served in the military until age 21. After completing his duties, he played organized, amateur-level tennis in his home country in addition to playing in the Davis Cup for Israel. According to NCAA rules at the time, this organized tennis after playing in the military past the age of 20 counted as a year of eligibility. Read more »

Four-star forward Jordan Tucker commits to Duke men's basketball

Four-star forward Jordan Tucker commits to Duke men's basketball

After missing out on the Kevin Knox sweepstakes last Saturday evening when the five-star forward picked Kentucky, the Blue Devils received some much-needed good news a week later, adding a different small forward into the mix.

Four-star forward Jordan Tucker committed to Duke Saturday via Twitter following his official visit to Durham Wednesday and Thursday.

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