In 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
It’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.
And it’s also hard to suggest that Coach K isn’t one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time.
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.
He has to figure out the whole one-and-done thing. To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA
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 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 CBSSports.com 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 SNY.tv. “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
Thon Maker, who may or may not reclass from 2016 to 2015, continued his tour of colleges on Monday with a trip to Duke and came away impressed.
“The visit was very good,” Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, told SNY.tv. “Coach K has a professional approach that is personalized. Thon viewed video on past post and wing players, culminating with a longer segment on Jabari [Parker]. Coach K went into how they put their system in based on personnel and he felt excited about the propect of teaching Thon how to be a better pro.”
Parker, of course, was the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. To read more of this story, click here
Eron Gordon, a 6-foot-2 2016 guard from Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral, has enjoyed his visit to Duke so far and will visit Michigan Friday.
“Eron and his mom were able to see and learn a lot about Duke,” Eric Gordon Sr. told SNY.tv.
“There was a Coach K Academy camp going on and he was able to see him first-hand coaching and visiting. It was a good visit.” To read more of this story, click here
At this point, incoming Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones is the grizzled old veteran of USA Basketball.
At the age of 18.
The 6-foot-1 Apple Valley, MN native has already won gold medals at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
When the FIBA Americas U18 World Championship begins Friday in Colorado Springs, CO, Jones will be in pursuit of his third gold in the last four years.
“I’m a little bit used to it,” Jones told SNY.tv by phone. “My goal in this one obviously is to win a gold medal and trying to be the best leader I can and the ultimate goal is to win the gold medal.” To read more of this story, click here