Coach K Amps Up Pressure on Okafor, Duke With Comments

JahlilIf Jahlil Okafor ends up leading Duke to a Final Four or an NCAA championship in his freshman season, we may all look back at Coach K’s comments on the young man from Chicago as prophetic.

But in the meantime, the Duke coach has just amped up the pressure on the 6-foot-10 Okafor, and placed a giant bullseye right on his No. 15 jersey.

“With Jah, you’ll see,” Krzyzewski told Gary Parrish of CBS, which named Okafor their Preseason National Player of the Year. “He’s good. And he’s been accepted pretty much right away [by his teammates] … because there’s nobody like him. There’s no comp.”

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Coach K Has ‘Very Impressive’ Presentation for Tyus Battle

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistants Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer had a “very impressive” presentation Wednesday for 2016 guard Tyus Battle at Gill St. Bernard’s, Gill coach Mergin Sina told

“You get a guy like that coming into Gill, obviously he’s a legendary coach,” Sina said. “He was really good. He knew Tyus to a ‘T,’ which always helps. He had a good evaluation of Tyus. He explained all the things that he could work on to get better, and some of the things that are going to make him successful.”

Sina added: “They like him as a multi-purpose player, which I agree with. I think he can play two to three positions, two very well I think and the third one [point guard] he’d have to work on. The point guard is the one he has to work on, the two is more of a natural position for him. He can get a rebound and go with and handle the ball in transition. The elite guys all say the same thing about Tyus, that he is versatile. That’s something that will help him.”

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Duke to Go Three Deep in Meeting With Tyus Battle

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Duke will come three deep with Coach K, Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer on Wednesday when they meet with 2016 guard Tyus Battle at Gill St. Bernard’s.

“The fact that [Coach K] is taking some time off [from his team] where I know he is completely exhausted [from the FIBA World Cup] and has to get back to his own team, and for him to come down here with the whole staff, that’s impressive,” Gill coach Mergin Sina said Tuesday at the school.

“To me, that’s saying that the guy really believes that this is a kid who could help his program.”

Said the 6-foot-6 Battle, who turned 17 on Tuesday: “It’s great. I’m just enjoying the whole college recruiting experience.” To read more of this story, click here

Coach K, Boeheim Fire Back on Paul George, Recruiting Advantage Story; Calipari Chimes in on Twitter

Coach KIn the face of a withering takedown by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, both Coach K and Jim Boeheim responded in the last 48 hours — with both saying that the Paul George hospital bed photo was not staged and that Duke does not gain a significant recruiting edge as a result of Coach K leading Team USA.

“That was a really bad thing, to bring up Paul George,” Krzyzewski told reporters Thursday, according to USA Today. “After he was injured, USA Basketball was in the trauma room — me, Jerry (Colangelo), a bunch of NBA people and whatever. There were too many people there, so they asked for only the family and the doctors. We went back. A few of the people from USA Basketball left that morning. I was staying with my family for a couple of days. To read more of this story, click here

Coach K Must Figure Out the One-and-Done Thing

TyusIt’s hard to argue that Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t have a recruiting advantage as the head coach of the U.S. National Team.

He does.

And it’s also hard to suggest that Coach K isn’t one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time.

He is.

The man has now won four NCAA championships, two Olympic gold medals and two World Championships. He has guided Team USA to four straight international titles — the 2008 Olympics, the 2010 World Championship, the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Now after returning from Spain — amid a massive takedown by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports — Coach K will face his next challenge.

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Chase Jeter to Duke, Already Recruiting Ingram (UPDATED)


As many had expected, Chase Jeter, No. 13 on the ESPN 100, verbally committed to Duke Monday night on ESPNU.

And he’s already recruiting 6-8 Brandon Ingram to join him. Ingram is due to take an official to Duke Thursday-Saturday after visiting UCLA unofficially Tuesday.

“Shoutout to my bro @chasejeter04 for committing to Duke today!” Ingram Tweeted.

Jeter responded by Tweeting at Ingram, “#DukeWantsIngram.” To read more of this story, click here

Bobby Hurley, Buffalo to Visit Kentucky; Wildcats Announce Non-Conference Schedule


Bobby Hurley is undefeated against Kentucky.

The current Buffalo coach and former Duke star will put his 1-0 career record against the Wildcats on the line when Buffalo visits Rupp Arena Nov. 16. Hurley confirmed the game is set after Jon Rothstein of reported it.

“It is exciting for our players to have an opportunity to play a program so rich in tradition like Kentucky,” Hurley, who went 19-10, 13-5 last year in the Mid-American Conference, told “For me personally, I expect to be a crowd favorite.”

Hurley, of course, was the point guard on the 1992 Duke team that stunned Kentucky in the Elite 8 at the Philadelphia Spectrum on Christian Laettner’s last-second turnaround jumper that ranks as one of the most memorable moments in the history of college basketball. To read more of this story, click here