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

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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 Comes Away from Duke Impressed

Thon MakerThon 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 Enjoys Duke, Michigan Friday (UPDATED)

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

Duke Freshman Tyus Jones Looking for Third Gold Medal, Teaching Subtleties of the Point to Isaiah Briscoe

tyusAt 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

Lavin Confirms Duke-St. John’s Series Will Resume

LavinDuke will visit St. John’s at Madison Square Garden in January or February of 2015, and the Johnnies will then travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium the following season, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin confirmed Monday.

It had previously been reported that the meeting next season will take place Jan. 31, but St. John’s AD Chris Monasch said no date had been finalized.

The two teams last met Jan. 28, 2012 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with Duke holding off the Johnnies, 83-76, despite 30 points from Maurice Harkless, now with the Orlando Magic. To read more of this story, click here

Tyus Battle to Visit Michigan, Duke; Adds Wake, Maryland Offers

Tyus Battle ZagTyus Battle, one of the elite players in the Class of 2016, plans to visit Michigan and Duke next month and continues to pile up scholarship offers.

Battle added offers from Wake Forest and Maryland this past week to the many he already has.

“He got the two offers recently from Maryland and Wake Forest,” Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, told SNY.tv.

Duke has also stepped up its involvement for the 6-foot-5 Gill St. Bernard’s guard, with assistant Jon Scheyer taking over his recruitment.

“Duke was in contact with us and now we’ve gotten in contact with them,” Gary said. “I know Coach K and [Jeff] Capel as well as Scheyer were at one of his games [in Sacramento with Team Scan], I think maybe his last game. They really like him and they want to stay involved with him. To read more of this story, click here

Boeheim: Coach K Wouldn’t Take the Lakers’ Job

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says there’s no chance his friend and colleague, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, would take the now-vacant Lakers’ coaching job.

“No!!!!!,” Boeheim told SNY.tv Thursday morning by text.

An NBA source concurred.

“Mike makes like $9 million at Duke and he has a really nice team going into the season next year,” the source said. “I do not see it at all.”

(According to USA Today, Coach K makes $9.7 million at Duke.) To read more of this story, click here

Sean Obi Transferring to Duke

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Sean Obi announced Monday evening via Twitter and Instagram that he will be transferring to Duke from Rice.

A rising sophomore, Obi will be eligible for the 2015-2016 season after sitting out next season. He is the second newcomer for the Blue Devils for 2015, joining recruit Luke Kennard.

“Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college…” Obi tweeted.

Standing at 6-foot-9, weighing 260 pounds, Obi averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Owls, and should be an impact player for the Blue Devils.

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Report: Duke-St. John’s to Resume Rivalry

Duke will visit St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31, 2015, according to Sammy Albano.

The two teams last met Jan. 28, 2012 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with Duke holding off the Johnnies, 83-76, despite 30 points from Maurice Harkless, now with the Orlando Magic.

“Discussions are taking place with several high-profile non-conference opponents for 2014-15,” St. John’s spokesman Mark Fratto told SNY.tv, “but nothing has been finalized at this time.”

St. John’s also has a two-year deal with former Big East powerhouse Syracuse that will take them this season to the Carrier Dome. To read more of this story, click here

Duke “Four Quarters” Recruiting Class Eyeing Championship With or Without Jabari

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Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK —  The No. 1 recruiting class in the nation officially has a nickname.

The Duke Blue Devils much-heralded quartet of center Jahlil Okafor (No. 1 on ESPN Top 100), point guard Tyus Jones (No. 4), small forward Justise Winslow (No. 15), and shooting guard Grayson Allen (No. 21) —all of whom are in New York for Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic — have taken to calling themselves the “Four Quarters.”  And they say they are ready to prove why there is all this hype mounting around them.

“I know right after the championship game ended all these polls came out with really early preseason ranking for next year and we were either 1 or 2 or 3,” Allen said after practice Wednesday afternoon at Basketball City in downtown Manhattan. “So I know the expectations are really high and I think that us as a class we can definitely live up to that.” To read more of this story, click here