The Blue Devils have a busy travel schedule lined up next year with the Champions Classic in Chicago and the PK80 tournament in Oregon in November, and they have added another destination to the list.
Adam Rowe of 247sports and ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday that Duke will go to the Dominican Republic this summer. Rowe reported that the trip will take place in August, and the Blue Devils will face off against the Dominican Republic's national team.
Duke expected to take foreign trip this summer to Dominican Republic, source told ESPN. Should really help what... https://t.co/kvKy7hMqT2— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 23, 2017
A team spokesman confirmed the report but said he could not share any details about the trip until it was finalized.
Duke last went overseas in August 2011 to China and Dubai to play four exhibition games against the national teams of China and the United Arab Emirates in the "Friendship Games." The Blue Devils won every game on that trip and got an early start on practice and team-building with a young team that featured freshmen guards Austin Rivers and Quinn Cook.
The NCAA allows teams to take overseas trips once every four years and permits them to have early practice time to prepare. The extra practice will be valuable for a Duke team that is welcoming six new freshmen next year and losing eight scholarship players.
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