Tomlinson, Crowder headline eight Blue Devil seniors added to NFL rosters

After a four-year stretch that included three consecutive bowl appearances and a rebirth of Duke football, more than a handful of Blue Devils on both sides of the football found themselves new homes following the 2015 NFL Draft.

Former offensive guard Laken Tomlinson became the first Duke player selected in the first-round in 28 years, when he was chosen 28th overall by the Detroit Lions. The first-team All-American had the honor of attending the event in Chicago and hearing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announce the selection in front of a host of friends and family.

But Tomlinson may not be the only former Blue Devil strapping on a Lions uniform next season.

Senior signal-caller Anthony Boone will have the chance to compete for a roster spot after being signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent Saturday. The former Duke quarterback was instrumental to the team’s success in the last two seasons and left Durham as the winningest play-caller in school history... Read more

Duke in the NBA: First-round recaps, Irving shines in postseason debut

With the first round of the NBA playoffs in the book, The Blue Zone takes a look back at how former Blue Devils performed and looks ahead to some exciting second-round matchups.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers:

Making his postseason debut, Irving teamed with LeBron James to help the second-seeded Cavaliers sweep the Boston Celtics 4-0 in one of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Irving did not play in the two regular season April meetings between the squads—both of them Celtic wins—with a sore right hip and the fourth-year point guard made up for lost time during the series, averaging 23.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the four games. In the first playoff contest of his career, he delivered a game-high 30 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before halftime. Two days later, Irving scored 26 points shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line... Read more

Former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone joins Detroit Lions as undrafted free agent

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone did not hear his name called during the three-day NFL draft in Chicago, but it did not take him much time to rejoin one of his Blue Devil teammates.

Boone will join the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent and will have the opportunity to compete for a spot on the team's roster, one of multiple Blue Devils to find an NFL home in free agency Saturday. The Weddington, N.C., native will reunite with with offensive guard Laken Tomlinson, who was selected by the Lions in the first round of the draft Thursday night.

Chron Chat: Reviewing the 2014-15 season and looking ahead

With Duke's fifth national championship victory three weeks old, three veteran Chronicle sportswriters—V. 111 Sports Editor Ryan Hoerger, V. 110 Sports Editor Nick Martin and V. 111 Editor-in-Chief Amrith Ramkumar—reflect on the season that was and look ahead to a Blue Devil team that will look dramatically different from the squad that cut down the nets when head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team takes the floor come mid-November.

The Blue Devils lost freshmen Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor to the draft following their championship victory April 6 against Wisconsin. Of the three, who will Duke miss the most next season?

Ryan Hoerger: Each of those freshmen brought a unique skill set to the table that will be tough to replace. With Jahlil Okafor, Duke had a marquee back-to-the-basket presence and ran its offense through the big man. In Justise Winslow, there was an athletic swingman able to create matchup nightmares on both ends of the floor. But I'm going to say that Tyus Jones will be missed the most by the Blue Devils... Read more

5-star small forward Brandon Ingram commits to Duke basketball

After convincing point guard Derryck Thornton to reclassify to the Class of 2015 and commit to Duke, many believed the Blue Devils had accumulated enough talent to once again compete for the national championship.

But a little more help doesn't hurt Duke's chances.

Six-foot-eight forward Brandon Ingram announced his decision to sign with Duke in a Monday ceremony at his high school, a rewarding result for the Blue Devil coaching staff considering the amount of time and effort spent recruiting the in-state talent. Ingram—known as the "Slim Reaper" by many of his high school coaches and teammates—is one of the highest-rated players in the Class of 2015, ranked No. 4 overall by Rivals and No. 3 by ESPN.

The Kinston, N.C., native also held offers from North Carolina, Kentucky, N.C. State, Kansas and UCLA... Read more

Recruiting Roundup: All eyes on Ingram as announcement nears

We'll start this week with Brandon Ingram—who will make his much anticipated decision tonight at 6:10 p.m. at Kinston High School Gymnasium.

Long believed to be deciding between Duke and UNC, Ingram appears to have taken note of dark horses Kansas and Kentucky as he prepares to make his decision.

Interestingly, Kansas is the only Adidas School of the group... Read more

Incoming Duke football commit Brandon Boyce shows off tattoo of Duke Chapel

Incoming defensive tackle Brandon Boyce has yet to make his mark on the football field for the Blue Devils, but he will always have part of Duke with him after his time in Durham is done.

The 5-foot-11, 253-pound Blue Devil commit took to Twitter to show off his newest piece of body art—a replica of Duke's iconic chapel.

Boyce's tattoo doesn't figure to get the same renovations the on-campus chapel will receive starting in May. The restoration work is expected to last for about a year and will include fixing the building's ceiling and replacing the chapel's original roof.

As for Boyce, Blue Devils fans will hope that the defensive tackle's play on the field looks as good as his new tattoo... Read more

Jefferson, Plumlee, Matt Jones named Duke basketball captains for 2015-16

Heading into the 2014-15 season, the Blue Devils did not have a returning captain on the roster and waited until Sept. 30 to announce Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson as the team's leaders for the season.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski did not wait long to make his selections for the 2015-16 campaign, naming Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee and Matt Jones as his three captains for next year's team. The announcement came following the team's end-of-year banquet, held Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

A rising senior, Jefferson returns for his second year as a team leader after posting 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest last season. The Philadelphia native made 26 starts, but saw his role reduced down the stretch of the ACC season and during the Blue Devils' run to the national championship. Jefferson rose to the occasion in the national championship game against Wisconsin, guarding AP Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky down the stretch while freshman center Jahlil Okafor sat on the bench with four fouls... Read more

Former Blue Devil Grant Hill part of group finalizing deal to buy Atlanta Hawks

Throughout his career at Duke and in the NBA, Grant Hill racked up an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades. Owning a franchise would give the former Blue Devil star yet another.

Hill, along with billionaire Antony Ressler and Atlanta-based Spanx founder Sara Blakely, finalized a deal to purchase the Atlanta Hawks for around $850 million Wednesday. In order to make the deal official, the sale must be approved by 75 percent of the NBA's owners.

Hill's ownership stake in the team is expected to be minimal, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Led by Ressler, the group will take the Hawks from current co-owner Bruce Levenson, who decided to sell the team due to a controversial email with racial undertones he sent to general manager Danny Ferry in 2012. Read more

Quinn Cook pretends to be J Cole with 2 girls at mall

Duke fans used to Quinn Cook's intensity might be shocked at the Washington native's new mood after the senior captured his first national championship April 6.

Cook's close friend and mentor Nolan Smith—another former Blue Devil star and national champion—posted a video on Instagram Tuesday of Cook pretending to be J Cole at a mall with two girls.

Both Smith and Cook appear to be enjoying some time off before figuring out what the future holds. Cook is ranked No. 84 by DraftExpress among NBA Draft prospects and Smith last played for the Delaware 87ers in the NBA D-League. The combo guard suffered a serious knee injury and is currently recovering, though he seems to be in good spirits after watching his close friend follow in his footsteps and lead Duke to a fifth national title.