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  • Where will Duke's trio land among the top draft classes from 1 school?

    The Score "For all of Duke basketball's accomplishments in the Mike Krzyzewski era - five national championships, 12 Final Fours, and 65 players drafted into the NBA - this will be a first. Barring the biggest surprise in NBA draft history, Zion Williamson will go first overall to the New..." June 13

  • Why R.J. Barrett was ranked higher than Zion Williamson as a recruit

    SB Nation "Zion Williamson towered over the college basketball season from the moment he put on a Duke uniform. His mind-bending combination of power, athleticism, and smarts captivated the country and reduced NBA general managers to yearning admirers praying to hit the lottery. Almost immediately,..." June 12

  • Mike Krzyzewski to coach his grandson as a Duke walk-on in 2019-20

    USA Today "Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will get the opportunity to welcome a family member to his team next season.  Coach K is expected to coach his grandson, Michael Savarino, an incoming freshman at Duke this coming season. Savarino, an 18-year-old..." June 06

  • Duke Center Marques Bolden Forfeits Eligibility, Stays in NBA Draft

    SI "Duke center Marques Bolden will forfeit his NCAA eligibility and remain in the 2019 NBA draft, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.  The Blue Devils announced Bolden would enter his name into the draft pool on April 21. The junior started 21 games for Duke in..." May 28

  • 5-Star Duke Target RJ Hampton Forgoes College to Play for New Zealand Breakers

    Bleacher Report "After reclassifying to the 2019 class, 5-star guard RJ Hampton announced Tuesday that he will play professionally in New Zealand next season rather than playing collegiately. Hampton said on ESPN's Get Up! that he will play for the New Zealand Breakers of the National..." May 28

  • Five-star guard Jeremy Roach commits to Duke men's basketball's Class of 2020

    The Duke Chronicle "With Duke securing one of the best group of incoming recruits in the nation with its Class of 2019, it's now time for the Blue Devils to set their sights on the next class.  And Duke just got out to a head start, securing the first commitment from a five-star player in the..." May 08

  • Jalen Johnson announces final 4

    Bucky's 5th Quarter "The Kentucky Wildcats are still in the hunt for Jalen Johnson. The five-star small forward announced his final four on Saturday, and it includes Kentucky. Also making the cut were the Duke Blue Devils, Arizona Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers. Though four schools..." May 05

  • Report: Four-Star Guard Boogie Ellis Expected to Be Released From Letter of Intent to Duke

    SI "Four-star prospect Rejean "Boogie" Ellis asked and is expected to be released from his letter of intent to Duke, reports 247Sports' Evan Daniels.  Ellis is a 6'2", 165-pound combo guard from San Diego, Calif. He is the No. 34 prospect in..." May 02

  • Top recruit RJ Hampton removes Duke from list of teams after reclassifying to 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "R.J. Hampton, a scoring point guard who would have been one of the top five players in the 2020 class, announced today that he is reclassifying to the class of 2019. Earlier in April, Hampton talked about his top four schools, and the list at that time included Kansas, Memphis,..." April 30

  • Mike Krzyzewski attended LeBron James Jr. game

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers need a new coach. Mike Krzyzewski is a very good coach. LeBron Jamesplayed for him on Team USA. Let's connect some dots. Krzyzewski attended a Nike event on Saturday that several top young prospects played in. One of them was LeBron James..." April 29

  • Wiretaps show payments wanted to recruit Zion Williamson, Marvin Bagley

    CBS Sports "The most explosive day yet of the second college basketball corruption trial brought about allegation on top of allegation, looping in the biggest schools and coaches in the sport and, yes, once again, Zion Williamson.  Federal prosecutors continued to show video wiretaps, some..." April 25

  • Top-30 recruit Cassius Stanley commits to Duke men's basketball's Class of 2019

    The Duke Chronicle "With the departure of Zion Williamson, the Cameron Crazies were facing the prospect of no gravity-defying, awe-inducing slams that ignited the arena. However, with Cassius Stanley announcing Monday afternoon at Sierra Canyon High School that he will be playing under head coach Mike..." April 22

  • Five-star forward Matthew Hurt commits to Duke men's basketball's Class of 2019

    The Duke Chronicle "With Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish all declaring for the NBA draft, Duke needs to reload its wing lineup. Friday afternoon's announcement will go a long way towards filling those minutes with more star power. Matthew Hurt announced his commitment to play for the..." April 19

  • Zion wins Wooden Award as top male college player

    Bleacher Report "Duke star freshman Zion Williamson has been named the 2019 Wooden Award winner as the top player in college basketball. The forward topped a competitive field of candidates, including teammate RJ Barrett, Murray State guard Ja Morant, Tennessee forward Grant Williams and Texas Tech..." April 13

  • Tre Jones officially announces return to Duke men's basketball for sophomore season

    The Chronicle "We knew that Tre Jones was certainly thinking about a sophomore season, but now it's set it stone. In an official team tweet Monday evening, Duke announced that Jones will indeed return to school for his second season as a Blue Devil and not declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. The..." April 08

  • Is Tre Jones returning to Duke for sophomore season?

    Sporting News "Tre Jones may be on Duke’s roster again next season. The point guard posted a picture of himself in a Blue Devils uniform on Instagram with the caption, “Year 2?” Jones averaged 9.4 points and 5.3 assists as a freshman for Duke. He shot 41.4% from the field..." April 07

  • Zion Williamson in the Clear Even if Nike Did Pay His Mom to Attend Duke

    The Big Lead "Scummy attorney Michael Avenatti threw more gas on the Nike bonfire he started a few weeks ago with his latest President Trump-esque tweet, which essentially said Zion Williamson’s mom got paid by Nike to influence him to attend Duke. Duke responded to this by saying the..." April 07

  • Duke men's basketball's Zion Williamson wins AP, Naismith Player of the Year awards

    The Chronicle "Zion Williamson electrified the crowds during his freshman season at Duke.  Now the accolades are raining in. Williamson was named AP Player of the Year Friday, earning 59 of the 64 total votes. Fellow freshman R.J. Barrett finished second in the voting with two votes,..." April 07

  • Should Zion Williamson play for Team USA in FIBA World Cup?

    Clutch Points "Unless you have been hiding under a rock, Zion Williamson has been hailed as the most gifted NBA prospect since LeBron James. The 6’7, 285-pound phenom is expected to declare for the NBA Draft soon, and the New York Knicks are in prime position to draft Williamson this..." April 07

  • Duke Responds To Zion Williamson Claim By Michael Avenatti

    The Spun "Late Friday night, attorney Michael Avenatti continued his crusade against Nike with a series of tweets. Avenatti, who was arrested by the Southern District of New York for alleged extortion late last month, accused Nike of paying Duke star Zion Williamson’s mother. Avenatti..." April 06

  • Calipari: I didn't know Zion would be this good

    ESPN "Kentucky was one of the finalists in Zion Williamson's recruitment -- but even John Calipari didn't expect this type of freshman season from the Duke star. "We recruited Zion. I probably missed him a little bit," Calipari said Friday on The Dan Patrick Show. "I..." April 06

  • R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, And Ja Morant Headline The 2019 AP All-America First Team

    Uproxx "The Final Four will take place this weekend, but will feature little in the way of the star power expected after three of the top seeds in the tournament bowed out on the second weekend. That doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of talent on Auburn, Texas Tech, Michigan State,..." April 02

  • Barrett voted most overrated player in NCAA

    TSN "The Athletic's 2019 college basketball player poll wasn't too kind to Duke's RJ Barrett. According to 110 players anonymously surveyed, Barrett was named the game's most overrated player with 21 per cent picking the Mississauga, Ont. native. "I think he..." April 02

  • Team USA interested in Zion Williamson for 2019 World Cup

    Sportsnaut "Duke Blue Devils freshman Zion Williamson just wrapped up what was one of the best one-year runs in college basketball history. Unfortunately for Zion and his team, said season came to a premature conclusion when Duke dropped a close affair to Michigan State in the Elite 8 this past..." April 01

  • Duke's Reddish won't start vs. Michigan State

    The Score "Cam Reddish will not start in Duke's Elite Eight contest Sunday against Michigan State. Alex O'Connell will replace Reddish in the Blue Devils' starting lineup, according to CBS Sports' Tracy Wolfson. " March 31

  • Tom Izzo was asked who could defend Zion Williamson. His answer: 'Khalil Mack'

    USA Today "Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo will have his hands full in the Spartans' upcoming game against Duke, especially when it comes to defending Duke's standout forward, Zion Williamson. In an interview ahead of their Elite Eight game on Sunday (5:05 p.m. ET, CBS) Izzo was asked..." March 31

  • Zion Williamson Blown Out Nike Shoe Is Missing ... The $250,000 Mystery!!!

    TMZ "No one seems to know the location of Zion Williamson's infamous blown-out Nike sneaker -- not Zion, not Duke, not even Nike ... and it's a huge problem considering it's worth around $250,000!!! Of course, Zion exploded his left PG 2.5 PE sneaker during the Feb. 20 game..." March 31

  • Will Duke's Cam Reddish play against Michigan State?

    Sporting News "Duke could be without one of its star players when the Blue Devils take the court against Michigan State in the Elite Eight.  Freshman forward Cam Reddish's status for Sunday is uncertain after he missed Friday's Sweet 16 victory over Virginia Tech. Coach..." March 30

  • Duke's Reddish game-time decision vs. Michigan State

    The Score "Duke freshman Cam Reddish will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Elite Eight clash against Michigan State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters on Saturday, including USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt. Krzyzewski added that there's no structural damage to Reddish's..." March 30

  • Duke's Zion Williamson, Mike Krzyzewski candid on Virginia Tech's missed shot

    Sporting News "Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and star forward Zion Williamson knew their chances of walking away with a win were slim in the final seconds of Friday's Sweet 16 game against Virginia Tech.  The Hokies had a chance to send the game to overtime as guard Ahmed Hill..." March 30

  • Duke's belief in itself helping Blue Devils through thrilling NCAA tournament run

    USA Today "The Duke Blue Devils believe. They believe in their coach, they believe in themselves and believe no matter the situation, the combination of outstanding coaching and elite talent will carry them. Are they a team of destiny? Well, no one can say for sure. That won’t be..." March 30

  • Duke’s Cam Reddish sidelined with knee injury as status for Elite Eight remains unclear

    College Basketball Talk "Duke escaped with another NCAA tournament win on Friday night as they outlasted ACC rival Virginia Tech to advance to the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils were carried to victory by three freshmen as Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and R.J. Barrett were the team’s three top scorers. But..." March 30

  • Zion Williamson & Duke Fuel Up On Fancy Steaks ... Before Virginia Tech Game

    TMZ "How are Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils getting ready for the biggest game of their season?? FILET MIGNON, BABY!!!! TMZ Sports has learned Duke hoops hit up Mastro's Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night to fuel up on delicious meats before their..." March 29

  • UCF coach Dawkins says Zion will be a Hall of Famer

    The Score "Mike Krzyzewski praised UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins and his players following Duke's narrow victory in Sunday's second-round matchup during the NCAA Tournament. Dawkins returned the kind words on Tuesday, complimenting star freshman Zion Williamson during an appearance on..." March 27

  • NCAA Basketball Fans Calling Out ‘Zion Cam’ When Duke Star Can’t Get Paid

    Complex "In what would appear to be a textbook example of media coverage overkill, CBS will be utilizing a designated "Zion Cam," which is tasked with the sole purpose of following 18-year-old phenom Zion Williamson around when Duke plays during the NCAA Tournament. "We hired a..." March 23

  • UCF's Fall 'won't allow' Zion to posterize him

    The Score "UCF's Round of 32 matchup with Duke will be a sight to behold, as Tacko Fall's elite shot-blocking will be tested against college basketball's most unstoppable force in Zion Williamson on Sunday. However, the Knights' 7-foot-6 giant believes he's ready to meet his..." March 23

  • CBS Will Debut Its ‘Zion Cam’ For The NCAA Tournament Dedicated Solely To The Duke Star

    Dime Magazine "Just a month ago, there was a debate about whether Zion Williamson should even participate in this year’s NCAA Tournament. During one of Duke’s annual rivalry games against North Carolina, the future NBA lottery pick’s Nike sneaker disintegrated under him as he made..." March 22

  • Kobe Bryant to Duke star Zion Williamson: 'Focus on the game. Everything else is secondary'

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant has some advice for Zion Williamson. The Duke freshman has arguably been the best college basketball player of the last decade and is widely projected to be the top pick in the 2019 draft. Bryant, the former Lakers star, discussed Williamson’s potential during a..." March 21

  • 3 reasons Duke won't win national title, spoiling March Madness brackets everywhere

    USA Today "What's the best Duke team of all-time?  The Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill teams of the early 1990s?  The Jay Williams, Shane Battier and Mike Dunleavy version of the early 2000s? The Danny Ferry mid-'80s team? The Elton Brand..." March 20

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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