No matter what month it is or what the weather is like outside, it’s always basketball season here at The Chronicle. All of our most-read stories are about the Duke men’s basketball squad, including a look at the incoming recruiting class, a teaser of the new Blue Devil uniforms and some data-driven analysis. Take a look for yourself by checking out the links below, and don't forget to check out the most read News, Opinion and Recess stories too.
Among Zion Williamson’s many breathtaking qualities on the court is his elite bounce. While Cassius Stanley is certainly not a candidate to replace everything that Williamson was in his dazzling season at Duke, Stanley has Williamson beat in the hops department. The team posted to social media last month that the freshman guard broke the max vertical leap record that Williamson set a year ago, an encouraging sign that Stanley will bring some Zion-esque explosive dunks to Cameron Indoor Stadium this season.
Mike Krzyzewski secured another elite recruiting class. Rinse and repeat. When this article was written, only three 2020 recruits had committed to Duke—Jeremy Roach and Jalen Johnson decided over the summer, while five-star scorer D.J. Steward announced Sept. 18. The recruits keep coming for the Blue Devils, as a pair of top-50 2020 forwards—Henry Coleman III and Jaemyn Brakefield—also announced their decisions to come to Durham recently.
It’s back to the basics for the Blue Devils this winter. Duke will rock a more traditional look for the 2019-20 season, wearing threads reminiscent of the Blue Devil uniforms of the 1980s.
We’ve known Duke’s nonconference schedule for a few months now, but the Blue Devils’ ACC slate was announced Sept. 12. Conference play will open Dec. 6 as Duke takes on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., a matchup the Blue Devils have not won in their last three tries. The regular season will conclude with the coveted home tilt against North Carolina.
Ever wonder how Coach K’s rotations compare to those of his peers or how his rotations have changed over time? Our Michael Model scoured the data and his findings may surprise you (or confirm what you suspected): Coach K consistently utilizes one of the thinnest benches in college basketball and rarely plays a 10-man rotation. Could that change with a deep roster this season?
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