3-star center Antonio Vrankovic commits to Duke basketball
After Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones all declared for the NBA draft in the past week, the Blue Devils needed to add some depth back to the roster and made strides in that department Wednesday.
Duke received a verbal commitment from three-star center Antonio Vrankovic Wednesday night, as the 6-foot-11 big man announced his decision on Twitter:
A Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., product, Vrankovic had a monster senior season at Pine Crest High School, posting a stat line of 27.5 points, 16.1 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game, according to data on MaxPreps.com.
Duke basketball 2014-15 player review: Quinn Cook
- Year: Senior
- Height: 6-foot-2
- This year’s statline: 15.3 PPG, 2.6 APG, 40% 3PFG
- The Blue Zone’s projected statline: 8.0 PPG, 3.5 APG, 36% 3PFG
Season breakdown: Coming into the season as the lone senior on a team starting three freshmen, Cook was expected to make his biggest contribution to the Blue Devils as a leader in the locker room. Yet, few could’ve predicted that the Washington native would elevate his game to the level Blue Devil fans saw this season.
Cook’s biggest improvement was his 3-point shooting—allowing Duke to space the floor effectively around star freshman Jahlil Okafor. The guard connected on more than three shots from beyond the arc in a remarkable 21 games this season... Read more
Blue Devils receive two more 2016 commits, class ranked 11th nationally
The Blue Devils are building a 2016 recruiting class that is currently one of the top recruiting classes in the country. This week, we take a look at two of the program's newest commits and see who else could be committing to the program within the next few weeks.
Duke continues to add to its strong 2016 recruiting class
With top recruits like Scott Bracey and Mark Birmingham already verbally committed to the Blue Devils, David Cutcliffe's 2016 recruiting class is already loaded with talent and the commitment of offensive lineman Robert Kraeling affirms that Durham is becoming a hot destination to play college football. The Bogart, Ga. native is the 35th ranked offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports and ranked 409th overall. Kraeling—who stands at 6-foot-7—will be one of the tallest players Cutcliffe has ever coached at Duke and although he is undersized at 255 pounds, he should put on enough weight by the end of his senior year of high school to make him a dangerous blocker in the trenches... Read more
Tyus Jones gives assist to Kevin Garnett on first pitch at Minnesota Twins opener
The basketball season may be over, but that hasn't stopped Tyus Jones from handing out assists.
The freshman point guard took part in the pregame festivities at the Minnesota Twins' home opener at Target Field Monday, delivering a baseball to another Minnesota basketball icon—Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett.
Just as he did with his passes to Jahlil Okafor all season, Jones—who grew up 30 minutes south of Minneapolis in Apple Valley, Minn.—put the Big Ticket in a position to do damage with his feed, as Garnett delivered a strike to Twins outfielder Torii Hunter.
Jones scored 23 points in Duke's 68-63 win against Wisconsin April 6 in the national championship game, taking home Most Outstanding Player honors in the process... Read more
Duke basketball 2014-15 player review: Amile Jefferson
- Year: Junior
- Height: 6-foot-9
- Position: Forward
- This year's stat line: 6.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 63% FG
- The Blue Zone's predicted stat line: 7.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 57% FG
Season Breakdown: As a sophomore, Amile Jefferson had a breakout season and became a leader for the Blue Devils, averaging 6.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 64.4-percent from the floor. So, it came as no surprise when he was named co-captain along with senior Quinn Cook for this past season. Just like Cook, Jefferson had to take on a new role with freshman phenom Jahlil Okafor joining him in the frontcourt.
Throughout nonconference play, Jefferson held his own on a roster loaded with scorers, posting two double-doubles and averaging 8.9 points per game... Read more
Duke basketball 2014-15 season review: Marshall Plumlee
- Year: Redshirt Junior
- Height: 7-feet
- This year’s statline: 2.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6BPG
- The Blue Zone’s projected statline: 2.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 BPG
Season Breakdown: With freshman center Jahlil Okafor cemented as the Blue Devils’ primary center, Plumlee became a key role player off the bench. The redshirt junior provided a physical presence in the paint, frequently subbing in for freshman Jahlil Okafor and being tasked with guarding opponents’ primary big men. Despite lacking the athleticism to go toe-to-toe with many of his defensive assignments, Plumlee was able to use his 7-foot, 255 pound frame to slow opponents long enough to give Okafor a chance to catch his breath and get back in the game.
On the offensive end, Plumlee was a potent weapon around the rim... Read more
Recruiting Roundup: Decision season looming after Nike Hoop Summit
Let's start with the biggest news of the week—five-star 2015 center Caleb Swanigan is headed to Michigan State. The Spartans had long been considered the favorite for the Indiana native, however, both Duke and California made strong late pushes and many predicted Swanigan would end up in Berkeley next season. Swanigan's decision was a huge get for Tom Izzo, as Michigan State now has the second-best recruiting class according to ESPN. Duke's class of Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard is currently slated 11th... Read more
Duke basketball 2014-15 player review: Matt Jones
- Year: Sophomore
- Height: 6-foot-5
- Position: Guard
- This year's stat line: 6.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.9 SPG
- The Blue Zone's predicted stat line: 7.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.5 SPG
Season Breakdown: With a tight eight-man rotation after the dismissal of guard Rasheed Sulaimon and the departure of forward Semi Ojeleye, Matt Jones’ role became apparent... Read more
Duke basketball 2014-2015 player review: Jahlil Okafor
- Year: Freshman
- Height: 6-foot-11
- This year's statline: 17.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.4 BPG
- The Blue Zone's Projected Statline: 18.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG
Season breakdown: Jahlil Okafor reigned supreme as king of the paint throughout his freshman season. From the first time he stepped onto Coach K Court, Okafor established himself as a dominant force down low and quickly silenced those who questioned the hype he had garnered coming out of high school. Early in the season, the Chicago native held Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky—who would go on to win the highly-coveted John R. Wooden award—to just 41.7 shooting from the field and added 13 points in Duke’s 80-70 victory against the then-No. 2 Badgers... Read more
5-star big man Caleb Swanigan commits to Michigan State
The Blue Devils won the national championship Monday, but that did not lend them any extra sway with five-star big man Caleb Swanigan.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native committed to Michigan State Friday evening after a lengthy recruitment by head coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans. Swanigan seemed to be leaning toward Michigan State earlier in the spring, but a late push by California and head coach Cuonzo Martin—and the possibility of creating a three-player package deal with Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown—made things interesting.
Swanigan—rated the No. 8 player in the Class of 2015 by ESPN—was never very high on Duke, though he considered the Blue Devils throughout the process and Read more