Team USA releases 17U roster, includes 7 Duke targets

Team USA announced the final roster for the 17U national team today and it was mostly good news for Duke's 2015 and 2016 targets.

The roster will include all four 2015 targets, as Henry Ellenson, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Diamond Stone all earned a spot on the squad. Of the four 2016 targets, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Tyus Battle passed through the trials and made the team.

Unfortunately for T.J. Leaf—the newest Duke offeree—he did not survive final cuts and will not be playing for the national team this year

The 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men is scheduled for Aug. 8-16 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The USA opens preliminary play against Greece Aug. 8.

Former Blue Devil player, associate head coach Collins to lead USA Select Team

The number of people associated with Duke and Team USA this summer continued increasing Monday when former Blue Devil player and associate head coach Chris Collins was named coach of the USA Select Team, according to multiple reports.

Collins—who just finished his first season as head coach at Northwestern after leaving Duke—will reunite with two of his former players, Mason and Miles Plumlee, as leader of the squad.

The USA Select Team will help Team USA prepare for next month's FIBA World Cup at training camp in Las Vegas, and consists of 12 of the best young players in the NBA.

Joining the Plumlees on the team are rookies Doug McDermott and Marcus Smart, Trey Burke, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Tobias Harris, Tim Hardaway Jr., Victor Oladipo, Dion Waiters and Cody Zeller... Read more

Duke women's basketball releases 2014-15 nonconference schedule

Blue Devil fans will have no shortage of excitement when basketball season rolls around this year.

Duke women’s basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced the 2014-15 nonconference schedule Monday. With matchups against Connecticut, Texas A&M and Nebraska, the Blue Devils will have their hands full as they look to strengthen their team early in hopes of producing a deep run into the NCAA tournament after last year's early exit.

“It's another fantastic schedule that will challenge us in all ways,” McCallie said in the release. “It will give us a chance to honor senior Elizabeth Williams by taking her home and will bring outstanding teams to Cameron Indoor Stadium.”

Duke will open the regular season at Alabama Nov. 16. Just like they did for Allison Vernerey in her senior season, Duke will then take senior center Elizabeth Williams home when they face Old Dominion Nov. 20 in Norfolk, Va. Williams is a Virginia Beach, Va... Read more

Blue Devils offer Leaf, Jeter to make decision soon

Let's start with big news for the 2016 class: Duke has offered T.J. Leaf.

Leaf is a five-star 6-foot-9 forward from El Cajon, Ca. and is currently ranked 21st in ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2016. The other notable schools after the California big man are UCLA, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Texas and Iowa.

Leaf is a sharp shooting big, who also has the ability to put the ball on the deck and score with either hand. He reportedly plans on announcing during the spring period and we will continue to follow and update his recruitment as more news comes out.

Some more big news came out of Las Vegas Saturday night as CBSSports reported that Chase Jeter planned on making his decision in the coming days and announcing in the next few weeks. Jeter’s final four schools are Duke, Arizona, UCLA and UNLV. The Las Vegas native Read more

Report: Krzyzewski says no end in sight to college coaching career

All good things must come to an end, but Duke and Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he does not see a concrete end to his time as coach of the Blue Devils in an interview with Yahoo Sports.

When asked if he knew how much longer he wanted to coach the national team and Duke, the 67-year old said he was sure about the future of one of his coaching jobs, but not the other.

"I'm going to coach USA, and this is true, through Rio [in the 2016 Olympics]. I might coach in college longer. Probably. I do not see an end of my road in my college coaching. Also, Jerry [Colangelo] will stop being the head of USA Basketball at that time [after the 2016 Olympics]. It's an amazing honor, I've learned a lot and I really like working with Jerry... Read more

Former Duke football standout Juwan Thompson projected to make Broncos roster

According to Jeff Legwold—who covers the Denver Broncos for ESPN's NFL Nation—former Blue Devil running back Juwan Thompson is projected to make the team's 53-man roster.

Thompson was signed as an undrafted free agent by Denver shortly after this year's NFL Draft, along with his former teammate, defensive end Kenny Anunike. Anunike was left off Legwold's projected roster.

Both players have been participating in Denver's training camp, which began last Thursday... Read more

Thornton hired by Wojciechowski to join Marquette staff

The trend of former Duke guards making the jump to coaching continued Friday afternoon.

Former assistant coach and current Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced via Twitter that former Duke point guard Tyler Thornton will join the Golden Eagles staff for the coming year.

The job will be Thornton's first foray into the field of coaching. He will join the staff as a graduate manager, as he will enter Marquette's graduate school for a two-year program to earn his Master's in Communications.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has gone on record backing Thornton's future in coaching, making some think he would be on the list to replace Wojciechowski at Duke... Read more

Conner Vernon claimed by Cincinnati Bengals

The ACC's all-time receiving yards leader has a new team.

Wide receiver Conner Vernon, a four-year standout at Duke who was instrumental in helping the Blue Devils reach their first bowl appearance in 18 seasons in 2012, was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday.

Vernon, who was added to the practice squad roster of the Cleveland Browns before last year's regular season finale, went undrafted in 2013 coming out of Duke, but was invited to training camp with the Oakland Raiders. Vernon did not make the team at the end of preseason play and was cut, before being picked up by the Browns several months later.

At 6-feet, 200 pounds, Vernon's greatest strength lies not in his speed but in his route-running. Under head coach David Cutcliffe's guidance, Vernon racked up 283 receptions for 3,749 yards—both ACC records—and 20 touchdowns.

The Bengals' wide receiving corps is headlined by star A.J... Read more

Scott Bracey could be Duke football's biggest commit in program history

Duke football may have just made its biggest recruiting splash in the program's 102-season history.

The Blue Devils received a commitment Friday afternoon from Class of 2016 wide receiver Scott Bracey, who is ranked No. 32 overall and No. 7 among wide receivers in the ESPN Junior 300. He is Duke's first Class of 2016 verbal commit.

Prepare yourself for some of the other schools that offered Bracey a scholarship: Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin.

Let that sink in.

Bracey, a rising junior at the Benedictine School in Richmond, Va., was named to MaxPreps sophomore All-America team last season. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver is the highest-rated commitment in head coach David Cutcliffe's seven-year tenure... Read more

Duke in the Majors Update

With the MLB trade deadline less than a week away, some Blue Devils are already on the move. The Blue Zone takes a look at notable Duke products making news on the diamond.

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays: Taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Stroman rose quickly through the ranks to crack the Blue Jays' roster in May. He showed why Thursday, firing seven shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox as Toronto cruised to an 8-0 win. Stroman allowed just one hit—a seventh-inning knock by Shane Victorino—and walked just two while racking up seven strikeouts. The right-hander has appeared in 15 games this season, including 10 starts, and has posted a respectable 6-2 record with a 3.21 ERA.

Chris Capuano, New York Yankees: Capuano has done more than his fair share of traveling in recent weeks. The veteran was designated for assignment by the Red Sox June 25 and ultimately agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies on a minor-league contract July 4... Read more