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After bringing in a five-man recruiting class this season, Duke had held just one commitment for any player after the class of 2011. That changed Monday evening, when class of 2013 shooting guard Matt Jones announced on Twitter that he would verbally commit to the Blue Devils.
The notion of a Kings of Tobacco Road exhibition between basketball alumni of Duke and North Carolina seemed almost too good to be true, and that may indeed be the case. After confirming the Nov. 17 date for the event Monday, the event's organizers have now postponed it indefinitely.
Correction: According to his personal Twitter account, Jay Williams will not coach the Duke team at the Kings of Tobacco Road game, as an earlier version of this article stated. The Chronicle regrets the error.
No one was surprised Thursday when Mitch McGary, the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2012 according to ESPN, committed to Michigan over Duke and Florida. But head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff still have a chance to get a player even better than McGary in the Class of 2012—small forward Shabazz Muhammad, the consensus No. 1 player in the class. As they were with McGary, the Blue Devils are not considered to be the favorites for Muhammad, but they got a good sign from the athletic wing Monday when his father Ron Holmes told Adam Zagoria of SNY that he would visit Duke for the game against North Carolina March 3.
Mike Krzyzewski and his staff ramped up their recruiting efforts late in the process with Class of 2012 power forward Mitch McGary, but their late surge was not enough to prevent McGary from choosing to stay closer to home and attend the University of Michigan. McGary announced his decision Thursday afternoon on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation program.
Duke vice president and director of athletics Kevin White announced today that the football field within the new Pascal Field House will be named in honor of Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy, Jr.
As the NBA lockout drags on towards the September 15 date on which pre-season activities will officially be canceled, players are finding new ways to get on the court. Several different NBA stars—including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant—have assembled groups of their peers to compete on a more informal level while the lockout continues.
Greg Paulus is nothing if not determined.
Though both the men's and women's lacrosse teams fell short in their bids for ACC championships this season, they'll get another opportunity to earn trophies, this time on the national stage.
Over the next two days, the Chronicle Sports Blog will do a comprehensive, position-by-position breakdown of the crown jewel of college basketball’s regular season: North Carolina at Duke. Today we’ll take a look at the frontcourt, and be sure to check back tomorrow for a closer look at each team’s bench.
It's that time of (new) year again, when we take out a moment to look back at the year gone by. And what a year it was for the Duke Blue Devils, featuring countless exciting finishes, outstanding individual efforts, milestones, awards, and yes, two national championships. In four installments over the next four days, the Chronicle Sports Blog picks the best ten of these to celebrate a memorable year in Duke sports. Without further adieu, the first three moments:
As the Blue Devils ring in the New Year, what better time to take a look at some resolutions the basketball players might make for 2011? Using two of the most basic advanced stats, it's pretty easy to take a look at which players are doing their part--and which could do more. The two relevant statistics here are "offensive rating" and "possession usage." I'll let Ken Pomeroy, one of the best basketball stat gurus around, explain these stats better than I ever could:
Almost every photo of Austin Rivers in a basketball uniform depicts him wearing the number 25. He wore it for his high school team. He wore it for his AAU team. His Twitter account is AustinRivers25. But that will have to change when he arrives on Duke's campus next fall. The number 25 jersey already hangs from the rafters in Cameron Indoor Stadium, with Art Heyman's name attached to it.
Christian Laettner scored 2,460 points in his Duke career. Almost everyone who has ever attended this University remembers two of them, a pair of tallies which lifted the Blue Devils over Kentucky in what some commentators have called the greatest college basketball game ever played. But there were 2,458 others, and I mean no offense to Laettner when I say that most of those were pretty ordinary. There were free throws in blowout games, wide-open jumpshots, breakaway layups—shots he’d practiced tens of thousands of times and would make 99 times out of 100. Laettner himself has likely forgotten most of them. Certainly even his most ardent fans and detractors have.
In mid-March of 2012, Peyton Manning brought a massive media spotlight to Duke. When an intrepid blogger combed through public flight plan records to discover that the owner of the Denver Broncos was taking his private plane to Durham, where Manning-—arguably the most coveted free agent in NFL history-—was working out, hordes of media descended upon campus. A news helicopter tracked the SUVs carrying the Broncos’ delegation all the way from the tarmac at RDU to the Pascal Field House, where the team and Manning met for a workout.
INDIANAPOLIS—I wanted there to be silence. I wanted it for the players who sat scattered around the locker room, downcast and for the most part still dressed. I wanted it for the moment, barely 10 minutes after the final buzzer had sounded on Louisville’s 85-63 victory against Duke in the Midwest regional final, when there hadn’t been time for the result to really set in—just the palpable sense that something valuable had just been lost. And I wanted it for the obvious absentees—Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee—whose voices had, on 35 nights before this one, spoken most confidently for the team they led.
The tale of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino’s career is long and multifaceted, as he’s helmed five different collegiate programs and two NBA franchises. But in recent years at Louisville, the story is all about the defense.
INDIANAPOLIS—In Duke basketball time, November seems forever ago. It seems like forever ago that the Blue Devils were 14-0, riding a stretch of forceful but rarely flashy domination through one of the toughest early-season schedules ever played in Division I. It seems like it’s been ages since Duke barreled its way through three top teams at the Battle 4 Atlantis, exerting its will throughout and never ceding the driver’s seat to any of its opponents.