Atlantic Coast RUMORS & NEWS

  • Winning is nothing new for Duke's RJ Barrett, even if the role he's playing is

    Sporting News "As the blue and white confetti poured onto the court of the Spectrum Center, signalling Duke’s 21st ACC Tournament championship, RJ Barrett searched for someone to embrace.  Antonio Vrankovic was the first set of arms he found. Barrett and his teammates then converged at..." March 18

  • After Year of Zion Williamson, why is everyone in rush to end one-and-done rule?

    USA Today "At some point around 11 p.m. Central time on April 8, confetti will fall from the rafters at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, a national championship trophy will be lifted and “One Shining Moment” will play on the scoreboard, just as it always does.  But no matter..." March 17

  • Another White Woman Tries to Expose Zion Williamson on Facetime

    Black Sports Online "Zion Williamson needs to be more careful about the women he is facetiming with. Another woman posted a video of him calling her beautiful for some odd reason. Zion seems like a nice guy, but he has to be very careful playing in the snow with no coat. Zion is going to be the..." March 17

  • Zion Williamson is a total mama's boy: 'I lean on her'

    Sporting News "It's been an eventful month for Zion Williamson. The Duke star blew through his shoe less than a minute into the most anticipated game of the season — a matchup with rival North Carolina on Feb. 20 — and missed five games after spraining his knee as..." March 17

  • Hokies star Robinson to return for NCAA tourney

    ESPN "Virginia Tech doesn't know its seed for the NCAA tournament yet, but the Hokies already received good news on Selection Sunday. Star point guard Justin Robinson, who has missed the past 12 games with an injured foot, will return for the NCAA tournament. Robinson suffered..." March 17

  • NCAA Charges Former Georgia Tech Assistant Coach for Strip Club Visit Involving Player

    Complex "The NCAA has charged a former Georgia Tech assistant coach with Level 1 violation for a visit to a strip club that involved current Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. and former Georgia Tech and NBA player Jarrett Jack, ESPN reports. Jack, who acted on behalf of the NCAA as a..." March 15

  • Zion Williamson to return for ACC tournament

    Yahoo! Sports "Zion is back. After missing the final five games of Duke’s season, freshman sensation Zion Williamson has officially been cleared to return to action for Thursday night’s ACC tournament quarterfinal matchup against Syracuse.

  • Zion Williamson Will Wear Kyries, Not PGs, In His Duke Return

    Dime Magazine "Zion Williamson is back after missing the last five games (plus all but 30 seconds of the first UNC game) due to a mild knee sprain. The Duke sensation and future top overall pick will be back in the lineup as Duke faces Syracuse in their first game of the ACC Tournament on..." March 14

  • ESPN's College Basketball Ratings Soared With the Help of Zion Williamson and Duke

    The Big Lead "ESPN’s regular season college basketball ratings were up 15 percent year-over-year, the company announced today. And if you’re sitting there thinking, ‘hey, I wonder if the transcendent Zion Williamson and Duke had anything to do with this,” congratulations on..." March 14

  • Duke's Zion Williamson on people pleading for him to shut it down: 'Thanks, but no thanks'

    CBS Sports "When Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson blew out his sneaker and sprained his knee, all in one fell swoop, on Feb. 20 during the opening minute of the Blue Devils' contest against rival North Carolina, the reaction was predictable and deafening. Pleas for him to shut down his college..." March 14

  • Marques Bolden out for ACC tournament, Zion Williamson set to return for Duke

    News & Observer "Duke is planning to be without junior center Marques Bolden for at least the ACC tournament. In an interview posted Monday on the school’s athletics department website, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski ruled Bolden out for the tournament due to the sprained left knee he suffered..." March 12

  • Burned by Rick Pitino, Louisville takes different approach with coach's contract

    USA Today "Rick Pitino’s contract was founded on faith. It bound the University of Louisville to its men’s basketball coach well past his 73rd birthday and, when first signed, for more than $50 million. There was no provision to protect the university in the event the two parties..." March 12

  • Forbes: Louisville basketball program more valuable than 3 NBA teams

    The Score "The University of Louisville's men's basketball team was more profitable last year than three NBA franchises, according to Forbes' list of the most valuable college hoops programs. Louisville finished 2018 with $23 million in profit, more than..." March 12

  • Zion named ACC Player of the Year

    The Score "Duke star Zion Williamson has won both the ACC Freshman of the Year and the ACC Player of the Year awards, the conference announced Monday. Williamson is the third Duke player in five years, following Jahlil Okafor and Marvin Bagley III, to win both individual honors in the same..." March 11

  • Coach K: Zion Williamson Expected to Return from Knee Injury for ACC Tournament

    Bleacher Report "Duke star Zion Williamson is expected to make his highly anticipated return from injury next week at the ACC tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski announced, per CBS Sports' Chip Patterson, on Saturday. Thanks to a double bye, third-seeded..." March 10

  • Canadian RJ Barrett sets ACC freshman single-season scoring record

    Sportsnet "Duke Blue Devils freshman phenom RJ Barrett entered the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) record books on Saturday, setting a new freshman single-season scoring record in the team’s loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Barrett’s 26-point performance helped the Canadian..." March 10

  • UNC coach Roy Williams reacts to win over Duke: 'It was ugly'

    Sporting News "No. 3 North Carolina swept its regular-season series against No. 4 Duke for the first time since the 2008-09 season with a 79-70 victory in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday — but UNC coach Roy Williams said his Tar Heels played "ugly" at times. "It..." March 10

  • Zion Williamson Still Out, Anyone Worried Yet?

    The Big Lead "Zion Williamson, who hasn’t played since a sneaker blowout, won’t suit up for Duke against North Carolina tonight. The All-Everything freshman phenom suffered a Grade 1 sprain to his right knee 30 seconds into the rivals’ first matchup on Feb. 20. He’s been officially..." March 09

  • Coach K relentlessly pursued Kobe: 'He kept calling me and calling me'

    The Score "Kobe Bryant once stated that had he not decided to enter the 1996 NBA Draft straight out of high school, he was leaning towards attending North Carolina. The Los Angeles Lakers legend wanted to follow Vince Carter and was allured by the Tar Heels' storied history. But that..." March 09

  • Former NC State assistant claims Mark Gottfried was in on payments to Dennis Smith Jr.'s family

    CBS Sports "Cal State Northridge coach Mark Gottfried has been accused of facilitating cash payments to the trainer of former NC State star, and current New York Knicks guard, Dennis Smith Jr. when Gottfried coached at NC State, according to a report released Friday night by ESPN.com. Citing..." March 09

  • Zion Williamson ‘doubtful’ for UNC, Krzyzewski says

    News & Observer "Zion Williamson is “doubtful” for Duke’s regular-season finale at North Carolina on Saturday night as he continues to recover from his injured right knee, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Friday. “He had his first really good workout yesterday,” Krzyzewski..." March 08

  • Jim Boeheim Speeding Before Fatal Accident ... Cops Say

    TMZ "Cops now say Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim WAS speeding before he struck and killed a man on a NY highway last month ... but believe his speed was not a factor in the fatal crash.  According to officials ... Boeheim was going 66 mph in a 55 mph zone just 5 seconds..." March 07

  • Mike Krzyzewski expects Zion Williamson back for ACC Tournament; UNC game in doubt

    Yahoo! Sports "In a narrow win over Wake Forest Tuesday, Duke got its latest and most potent reminder that it’s not going anywhere this March without Zion Williamson. The good news from Tuesday’s bad game is that it sounds like Williamson will be back for the ACC Tournament next..." March 06

  • Zion Williamson (Knee Sprain) Ruled Out of Duke Home Finale vs. Wake Forest

    SI "Zion Williamson, who's been dealing with a Grade 1 right knee sprain, was ruled out from playing in Duke's final home contest of the season against Wake Forest on Tuesday, the Blue Devils announced. Duke coach Mike Kryzyzewski told..." March 05

  • When Is It Time to Worry About Zion Williamson?

    The Big Lead "Zion Williamson has been out since injuring himself during the first minute of the Feb. 20 game against North Carolina. Blame shoddy shoe cobbling for that one. He was diagnosed as “day to day” with a Grade 1 knee strain but won’t play Tuesday night against Wake Forest...." March 05

  • Zion Williamson in final phase of recovery, status uncertain vs. Wake Forest

    Sporting News "Zion Williamson could be nearing his return to the court. The Duke star, who has been dealing with a Grade 1 right knee sprain, is in the final phase of his recovery process, coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters Monday. Williamson's status for the Blue Devils' game..." March 04

  • Williams OK after exiting UNC victory with vertigo

    ESPN "Coach Roy Williams exited No. 5 North Carolina's matchup at Clemson on Saturday night after falling to a knee late in the first half due to another bout of vertigo. With 55 seconds to go before the break, play was stopped as Williams fell to one knee in front of the Tar Heels'..." March 03

  • Zion Williamson ruled out vs. Miami on Saturday

    Sporting News "Every Duke basketball game until further notice will be prefaced with a big question: Will Zion Williamson play? No. 3 Duke hosts Miami Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, and the answer to the Zion question is ... he will not play. Duke made the official announcement Saturday..." March 02

  • Kentucky Transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones Will Pursue A Pro Career Before Ever Playing For NC State

    Dime Magazine "After two seasons at Kentucky, Sacha Killeya-Jones elected to pursue other opportunities, choosing to transfer to NC State to play for Kevin Keatts. However, the talented junior was forced to take his redshirt year in 2018-19 and, before ever playing for the Wolfpack, Killeya-Jones announced on..." March 01

  • Kobe has advice for Zion: 'If he's healthy, he should go play'

    The Score "Zion Williamson's injury kickstarted a large-scale debate about whether the 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman should continue playing for Duke ahead of a likely multi-million dollar payday when he commits to the NBA. Among those involved in the conversation is Kobe Bryant, who offered..." February 28

  • Speed not a factor, DA says of Jim Boeheim’s fatal accident

    Sporting News "Speed was not a factor in Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim's late-night crash last week that killed a 51-year-old man, the Onondaga County (New York) District Attorney told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The district attorney, William Fitzpatrick,..." February 27

  • Duke’s Jack White working on improbable cold streak

    Larry Brown Sports "Duke forward Jack White is working on an improbable streak for the Blue Devils. The junior went 2/5 from the field, scoring four points with five rebounds in Duke’s 77-72 loss to Virginia Tech on Tuesday night. His three misses all came from long range. Following..." February 27

  • UNC’s Nassir Little tired of all the Zion Williamson ESPN hype

    Larry Brown Sports "North Carolina may have beaten Duke on the road Wednesday night, but their win was hardly what had people talking afterwards. Instead, Zion Williamson’s shoe blowout and knee injury stole all the focus. Williamson’s shoe ripped apart in the first minute of the..." February 25

  • Zion Williamson Out for Duke vs. Virginia Tech with Knee Injury Suffered vs. UNC

    Bleacher Report "Duke superstar forward Zion Williamson will not play in Tuesday night's matchup against Virginia Tech, according to Stephen Wiseman of The Herald-Sun. Williamson is recovering from a knee sprain he suffered during Duke's 88-72 loss to rival North..." February 25

  • Jim Boeheim says death of Jorge Jimenez 'will be with me for the rest of my life'

    ESPN "Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said the accident he was involved in on Wednesday night that resulted in the death of Jorge Jimenez is "something that will be with me for the rest of my life." Boeheim took the court Saturday night for the first time since Wednesday's tragic..." February 24

  • Duke hasn't discussed shutting down injured Zion Williamson, coach Mike Krzyzewski says

    Sporting News "Duke has no plans to shut down Zion Williamson after the freshman sensation suffered a knee injury earlier this week, according to coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils coach explained Saturday after his team topped Syracuse, 75-65, that he hasn't had any conversations with..." February 24

  • Zion Williamson not expected to play vs. Syracuse

    New York Post "Zion Williamson is expected to miss Duke’s game Saturday at Syracuse after suffering a Grade 1 right knee sprain Wednesday, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, citing a source. Williamson is moving around and optimistic about returning in the next week. He is listed as..." February 23

  • Duke announces that Zion Williamson won’t play against Syracuse tonight

    Syracuse.com "Duke freshman Zion Williamson, the likely national player of the year, will not play in the Blue Devils’ game tonight against Syracuse. Duke officials made the official announcement Saturday morning via Twitter. Williamson injured his right knee during Duke’s..." February 23

  • Jim Boeheim will coach Syracuse vs. Duke on heels of fatal accident

    ESPN "Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim will coach in Saturday's game against Duke, three days after being involved in a fatal car accident. Athletic director John Wildhack announced the news on Friday afternoon. "The Jimenez family has suffered a tremendous loss,"..." February 22

  • Duke-North Carolina Was The Highest-Rated Weeknight Game In ESPN History

    Uproxx "The annual Duke-North Carolina game in Durham is always event television. The two teams have a long-standing rivalry that is bolstered by both proximity and inter-conference wrangling throughout each new college basketball season. The showdown at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday..." February 22

  • Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hits, kills man walking on I-690

    Syracuse.com "Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man Wednesday walking outside a vehicle on Interstate 690 shortly before midnight, authorities said. “The occupants then exited the vehicle and proceeded to walk on the highway within close proximity to that..." February 21

  • Zion Williamson Suffers Mild Knee Sprain After Sneaker Blowout

    Real GM Basketball "Zion Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain after blowing out his shoe 36 seconds into a rivalry game against UNC. Duke lost the game 88-72. Mike Kzryzewski said Williamson's knee was stable, and that the team would provide a timetable for his recovery on Thursday. " February 21

  • Puma deletes tactless tweet calling out Nike after Duke star Zion Williamson’s injury

    Clutch Points "The Duke Blue Devils were manhandled by the North Carolina Tar Heels Wednesday night, 88-72, no thanks to Zion Williamson’s injury a little over 30 seconds into the game. The unfortunate moment brought out the trolls on Twitter with all kinds of tasteless jokes and Puma..." February 21

  • Nike 'working to identify the issue' after Zion's shoe malfunction

    The Score "Nike released a statement Wednesday night in the wake of Duke star Zion Williamson's right knee injury which followed his left shoe breaking on the court in the first half against North Carolina. "We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy..." February 21

  • A look at changing Duke national title odds after Zion Williamson’s injury

    SB Nation "The Duke Blue Devils suffered a tough loss on Wednesday in their 88-72 defeat at the hands of North Carolina. Star forward Zion Williamson suffered a knee sprain less than minute into the ACC showdown, and was unable to return. The injury looked bad when..." February 21

  • Isaiah Thomas Hey, Zion ... 'Sit Yo Ass Down' and Wait for NBA

    TMZ "Denver Nuggets star Isaiah Thomas is now Zion Williamson's unofficial career adviser now -- telling the Duke star to STOP PLAYING COLLEGE BALL ASAP ... and wait for the NBA.  Actually, IT was much more to the point -- "Zion sit yo ass down lol and we will be ready for..." February 21

  • Duke vs. UNC tickets approaching Super Bowl-level prices

    USA Today "Freshman forward Zion Williamson and Duke will host rival North Carolina on Wednesday night — and last-minute tickets for the game are quickly approaching Super Bowl-level prices. As of early Wednesday morning, the average ticket for the game between the No. 1 Blue Devils..." February 20

  • Former President Barack Obama expected to take in the Blue Devils vs. Tar Heels game

    CBS Sports "Fans willing to dish out astronomical amounts of money for Wednesday night's game between No. 1 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina will not only get bang for their buck watching Duke freshman Zion Williamson and his talented teammates. Price of admission could also include sharing the experience..." February 20

  • The Zion Effect: Duke's Zion Williamson ignites ticket sales

    Sporting News "LeBron James and Jay-Z aren't the only fans flocking to see Zion Williamson. Duke's freshman sensation has set the online ticket resale market on fire, with fans paying big money, and driving hundreds of miles, to watch the 6-7, 285-pound Williamson in the..." February 19

  • Zion Williamson draws praise from NBA stars, delivers again in victory against NC State

    USA Today "Zion Williamson hasn’t quite upstaged the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. But a two-hour drive from the festivities in Charlotte featuring LeBron James and Steph Curry — both of whom raved about the 6-foot-7, wondrous Duke freshman — Williamson delivered a memorable,..." February 17

  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he'd put Duke basketball superstar Zion Williamson at QB

    SI "During an appearance on Mike Krzyzewski's radio show, Clemson's Dabo Swinney jokingly told the Duke coach that he has a spot open on the Tigers’ football team for star freshman Zion Williamson.  Swinney said he'd put Williamson just about anywhere the..." February 16

  • Report: N.C. State’s Lockett arrested; Killeya-Jones off team

    College Basketball Talk "N.C. State earned itself a solid ACC home win over Syracuse on Wednesday night as the Wolfpack gave themselves another solid NCAA tournament booster. But more importantly, they were without three players on the bench on Wednesday for various reasons. Guards Eric Lockett and Blake..." February 15

  • Zion Williamson’s best skill is actually his defense

    SB Nation "There’s a template for the type of Zion Williamson highlight that’s supposed to go viral. It starts with the ball in his hands as he launches his 285-pound frame into orbit to attack the rim. Williamson will dunk with one hand or with two, sometimes with the aide of a..." February 14

  • Mike Krzyzewski addresses Corey Maggette being accused of rape during his time at Duke

    USA Today "Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday addressed Corey Maggette being identified as the unnamed Duke men’s basketball player who allegedly sexually assaulted Meredith Watson. A friend of Watson's, Washington, D.C.-based attorney R. Stanton Jones, confirmed..." February 13

  • Zion Williamson Could Sign $100 MILLION Shoe Deal ... Says Jay Williams

    TMZ "Zion Williamson is SO good ... a shoe company could sign the guy to a $100 MILLION contract when he leaves Duke -- so says Jay Williams. TMZ Sports spoke with the Blue Devils legend out in NYC when he told us Zion is so insanely talented, he should get the biggest sneaker contract..." February 13

  • Mayweather on How He Plans To Sign Duke’s Zion Williamson to The Money Team

    Black Sports Online "Current Duke Blue Devil Zion Williamson is the most popular player in college basketball right now. His high flying dunks and tremendous upside has NBA scouts salivating over what he could truly become as a player. Because of that, he’s the consensus #1 overall pick according to many and..." February 13

  • Report: Corey Maggette Named by Duke Accuser's Friends as Rapist from 1999

    SI "Former NBA player Corey Maggette was named by friends of a woman as the alleged rapist in a 1999 alleged sexual assault at Duke, reports The New York Times. On Friday, former Duke student Meredith Watson claimed she was raped by a member of the basketball team in..." February 12

  • Duke investigating sexual assault allegation made against former basketball player

    ESPN "The sexual assault allegation made recently against a former Duke men's basketball player is being investigated, the university announced Saturday. In a series of statements released Friday through her attorney, Meredith Watson said a former Duke basketball player raped..." February 10

  • Coach K says he had 'no knowledge' of alleged 1999 sexual assault linked to Duke player

    USA Today "Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski says he's not sure if a rape allegation against one of his former players is "true or not” and he didn't know about the accusation until hours after it became public Friday.  Meredith Watson, the second woman to come forward to..." February 10

  • Is Being Duke's Third Wheel Hurting Cam Reddish's NBA Draft Stock?

    Bleacher Report "Duke's Cam Reddish is on track to become college basketball's most inefficient lottery pick in recent NBA draft history. He's shooting a brutal 34.9 percent from the field, and yet there's still a high level of interest among scouts for the 6'8",..." February 06

  • Scottie Pippen calls Duke's Zion Williamson the best NBA prospect since Michael Jordan

    Sporting News "Scottie Pippen thinks highly of Zion Williamson. The Bulls legend was asked about the forward's potential on ESPN's The Jump. He responded by calling Williamson the best NBA prospect since Michael Jordan. "I think he's going to be a different player. I..." February 02

  • Zion open to playing for any NBA team, enjoys chatter from fans

    The Score "Duke's Zion Williamson may only be a college freshman, but he isn't oblivious to the NBA's bottom-feeders and is constantly reminded of his potential landing spots next season. "My college classmates let me know a lot," Williamson said, according to WGN TV News...." January 29

  • The Hurricanes’ Dewan Hernandez must sit rest of season. This is his other punishment

    Miami Herald "The Dewan Hernandez saga is finally over, but it is not the ending he or University of Miami basketball fans were hoping for. The NCAA ruled on Monday that Hernandez, a junior forward, must sit out the rest of this season and 40 percent of next season for “entering into an..." January 28

  • After NCAA rules he's still ineligible, Miami's Dewan Hernandez withdraws from school to head for the NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "Shortly after the NCAA announced Monday it had ruled on the eligibility of Miami's Dewan Hernandez, who was a key figure in the FBI's investigation of corruption in college basketball, the Hurricanes junior forward responded with his own announcement. After learning that he..." January 28

  • Duke’s Coach K says injured guard Tre Jones ‘probable’ to play against Ga. Tech Saturday

    The State "An injury that first appeared to threaten to sideline Tre Jones for the remainder of the season may keep him out for less than two weeks. Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said Friday that Jones, Duke’s freshman point guard who separated his shoulder on Jan...." January 25

  • With Jay-Z sitting courtside, Zion Williamson (25 points) helps Duke coast by Pitt

    ESPN "Very little, if anything, has fazed Zion Williamson during his freshman season at Duke. Not even Jay-Z sitting courtside. Williamson hit his first 10 shots and scored 25 points on Tuesday night as the No. 2 Blue Devils had little trouble in a..." January 23

  • Kenny Smith: Scottie Pippen's Wrong Zion Shouldn't Sit Out!

    TMZ "Zion Williamson needs to IGNORE Scottie Pippen's advice and NOT sit out the rest of the college basketball season because it could hurt his development ... so says Kenny Smith.  "When you play, you get an opportunity to hone your craft," Smith tells TMZ Sports ......" January 20

  • Zion Williamson has no plans to shut down Duke career: 'I'd be letting a lot of people down'

    Yahoo! Sports "Shut it down? Are you kidding? Don’t shut it down, Zion Williamson. Throw it down. Keep playing. Keep winning. Keep flying and swatting and dunking and spinning and scoring. Keep sending the Cameron Crazies into ecstasy. Keep joking with your Duke teammates in the locker..." January 20

  • Michigan's Brazdeikis on Duke: 'We feel like we’re definitely better'

    The Score "The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (14-2) have created buzz around college basketball thanks to the strong play of Zion Williamson and their star-studded freshman class. But the Michigan Wolverines are right below them, and first-year forward Ignas Brazdeikis believes his team is just as..." January 18