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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.

4-star QB Chazz Surratt adds to stacked 2016 Duke football recruiting class

David Cutcliffe is known for developing quarterbacks and he has to be excited about his latest prized recruit.

Four-star quarterback Chazz Surratt announced his verbal commitment to Duke Tuesday afternoon, at in a ceremony at East Lincoln High School. 247Sports ranks Surratt as the 12th-best dual threat quarterback in the nation and the 329th player in the country and Scout.com ranks him as the 19th-best quarterback in the nation.

Surratt had been eyeing the Blue Devils for a while, after taking official visits to Durham and Chapel Hill to visit North Carolina. He was recently divided between the Tobacco Road rivals, but was thought to be no longer considering North Carolina after three-star quarterback Logan Byrd committed to head coach Larry Fedora April 8. Surratt also had offers from Vanderbilt and Clemson, among others... Read more

5-star PG Derryck Thornton reclassifies, commits to Duke basketball

Five-star point guard Derryck Thornton (second from the left) reclassified to the Class of 2015 and committed to Duke Tuesday afternoon.
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Five-star point guard Derryck Thornton (second from the left) reclassified to the Class of 2015 and committed to Duke Tuesday afternoon.

Just six days after Final Four Most Outstanding Player Tyus Jones announced his decision to leave for the NBA, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and company have filled the void left by Jones and senior Quinn Cook at the point guard position.

Five-star point guard Derryck Thornton has reclassified to the Class of 2015 and committed to the Blue Devils, multiple sources reported Tuesday afternoon.


The commitment comes after Krzyzewski and his staff visited Thornton in Las Vegas Monday evening and pitched the dynamic point guard on becoming Duke's next floor general. The pitch must have been persuasive, as the No... Read more

Recruiting Roundup: Busy week sets the stage for final push

Lets start with the player everyone has been talking about for months now—Brandon Ingram. The talented five-star recruit announced this week that he planned to have in-home visits with the remaining teams on his list. Ingram is currently choosing between Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, NC State and UCLA.


His schedule changed Sunday afternoon when Ingram decided to schedule a meeting with the Blue Devils again Tuesday, prior to his meeting with the Tar Heels.


The timing of this change is interesting because many believe that Ingram is likely deciding between Duke and North Carolina... Read more

Duke in the NBA: Playoff Preview

With the NBA playoffs underway, seven Blue Devils head into the postseason looking to recreate some of Duke’s postseason magic. Although a title seems realistic for only a couple of the former Blue Devil standouts, expect a few spectacular performances from Duke's best on the way. We take a look back at the season it's been for some of the Blue Devils playoff-bound NBA talent and what lies ahead:

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers: About to take on the Boston Celtics in the first playoff series of his career, the explosive point guard capped off an All-Star year averaging 21.7 points per game and 5.2 assists per game while shooting a scorching 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. After an early slump for the Cavaliers, Irving and two-time champion LeBron James managed to gel together to finish the season with the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The former Duke guard had the two highest scoring games in the NBA this season—55 points against the Blazers and 57 points against the Spurs—reminding the league just how deadly of an offensive weapon the young gun is... Read more

Duke baseball battles Clemson in football during rain delay

For the third time this week, the Blue Devils had a game postponed by ominous weather, as Friday's series opener against Clemson was pushed back to Saturday afternoon.

But this time, Duke made sure it got a game in anyways.

Several Blue Devils engaged in a game of seven-man, two-hand touch football against the Tigers in the foul territory surrounding home plate at Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Featuring everything from a rugby scrum-style kickoff return by the Duke team to a few of Peyton Manning's famous "Omaha" calls to an unsuccesful attempt at a a Fumblerooski, the game had it all.

Clemson athletics posted a video showing part of the game on YouTube, which you can see here.


Duke would figure to have an leg up in a game such as this. Outfielder Johnathan Lloyd is a cornerback on head coach David Cutcliffe's football team, though it did not appear that he took part Friday.

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

Senior Quinn Cook went out on top in his final season in Durham.
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Senior Quinn Cook went out on top in his final season in Durham.

Quinn Cook

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