Former Teammates Irving, Strickland in Sweet 16

NEWARK Kyrie Irving and Dexter Strickland played only half a season together at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High School.

Yet in their short time together on the court, they made a historic impact.

The duo led the Celtics to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in 2009, the school’s third in four years under head coach Kevin Boyle.

Strickland, a natural shooting guard, then went off to North Carolina to play point guard. To read more of this story, click here

Irving to See 'Significant Minutes' Against Arizona

Kyrie Irving will come off the bench and see “significant minutes” Thursday night when Duke meets Arizona in a West Regional semifinal, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday.

After missing 3 1/2 months with a right big toe injury suffered Dec. 4 against Butler, Irving came off the bench to score a team-best 14 points when Duke routed Hampton, 87-45, last Friday. The former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick star then hit a critical late basket and scored 11 points in 21 minutes in Sunday’s win over MIchigan.

“We’re good with who we’re starting,” Krzyzewski said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “We should have at least eight people feel like they’re starters on this team, with Andre [Dawkins] and Ryan [Kelly]. We’ve had nine people start on this team, so that’s an advantage. To read more of this story, click here

Irving Makes Duke Tournament Favorite

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If Duke wasn’t the favorite to win back-to-back NCAA championships before the Big Dance began, they should be now.

That’s because freshman guard Kyrie Irving made his triumphant return Friday, scoring 14 points and dishing four assists as No. 1 Duke routed No. 16 Hampton, 87-45, in a second-round West Regional game in Charlotte, N.C.

“I haven’t played in three months, so this game was really nerve-racking,” Irving said. “But once I got the butterflies out, I started to play really well.” To read more of this story, click here

Duke's Irving to Play 'Limited Minutes' Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Kyrie Irving will play Friday in the Blue Devils’ NCAA tournament opener against Hampton in Charlotte, N.C.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Krzyzewski said Irving will not start and will play “limited minutes” when the No. 1 seeded Blue Devils meet the 16th-seeded Pirates.

The West Orange, N.J. native has been out since Dec. 4 with an injured big toe on his right foot.

Irving said he’s 95 percent healthy and “the other 5 percent will come when I actually play out there.” To read more of this story, click here

Grant Hill Responds to Jalen Rose

Grant Hill has struck back at Jalen Rose.

Rose called Hill and his former Duke teammates “Uncle Toms” in an ESPN documentary  Sunday on the “Fab Five” early 1990s Michigan team.

“I am a fan, friend and longtime competitor of the Fab Five,” Hill, now with the Phoenix Suns, wrote in Wednesday’s New York Times.

“It was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a bitch and worse, calling all black players at Duke ‘Uncle Toms’ To read more of this story, click here

Duke's Irving May Return for NCAAs

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged Tuesday that Kyrie Irving may return to the Blue Devils during the NCAA Tournament.

“There is a chance Kyrie will play,” Coach K said, according to a Tweet from the Duke Chronicle.

Irving’s return would definitely bolster Duke’s chances of repeating as NCAA champions. Though just a freshman, he is arguably their best player and will likely be among the top several picks in June’s NBA Draft.

Irving, a West Orange, N.J. native, has been out since he injured his right big toe Dec. 4 against Butler.

“There’s a possibility of it happening,” Irving said Sunday after Duke’s 75-58 win over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament championship, according to The Herald Sun. “I’m not sure. I can’t put a percentage on it, but we’ll see.” To read more of this story, click here

Latest on Jamari Traylor & DeAndre Daniels

With March Madness in full swing, let’s not forget that there are still a few high-profile uncommitted players on the board.

Two of them are at IMG Academies in Jamari Traylor and DeAndre Daniels.

The 6-foot-7 Traylor holds offers from Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee , Mississippi State and VCU.

“Those are the schools that have shown the most serious interest in Jamari,” IMG Basketball Director Andy Borman said. “Indiana has been down on campus twice in the last two weeks with Coach [Tom] Crean coming [Monday]. Kansas was here last week for his Senior night. Mississippi State should be here [Wednesday or Thursday]. To read more of this story, click here

Duke's Smith Unanimous All-ACC Pick

Duke guard Nolan Smith is the only unanimous selection to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball first team.

The All-ACC teams were announced Monday following a vote of 75 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Smith was joined on the first team by Duke teammate Kyle Singler, Maryland’s Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney and Boston College’s Reggie Jackson. Smith, who leads the ACC with an average of 21.6 points and is second in assists, also made the league’s all-defense team.

For the first time in league history, the outright ACC regular-season champion failed to place any players on the first team. North Carolina did have three players make the second team and another on the third team. To read more of this story, click here

Duke's Irving Retires Walking Boot

Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving is now out of his walking boot for good, but it remains unclear if he’ll play again this season.

Irving tweeted on Friday: “I’m now retiring my walking boot officially…back to regular sneakers lol…feels good!!!”

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the West Orange, N.J. native has been cleared for “a few basketball-related activities” as he recovers from the toe injury suffered Dec. 4 against Butler at the Izod Center. To read more of this story, click here

Rasheed Sulaimon to Duke (UPDATED)

This has been quite a week for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his program.

Just three days after landing 6-foot-8 small forward Alex Murphy from the Class of 2012, the Blue Devils secured a verbal pledge from 6-4 shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon of Houston Strake Jesuit, the No. 4 shooting guard in the class.

The duo should give Duke a head start on the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2012.

“I just thought Duke was a great overall fit for me to become the most successful both on and off the court,” Sulaimon said Friday by text. To read more of this story, click here