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 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 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
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 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 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
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
The trash talk was flowing fast and furious at last year’s McDonald’s All-American Game.
Surrounded by three future North Carolina Tar Heels, Kyrie Irving grabbed the microphone and put things in perspective.
“First and foremost, UNC is in the NIT,” the Duke-bound Irving told DraftExpress.com as Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock sat next to him.
“And second of all, we are in the Final Four. We are in the Final four. We are in the Final Four.” To read more of this story, click here
Rasheed Sulaimon will get a two-for-one on Wednesday night.
That’s when the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Houston Strake Jesuit shooting guard will be in Durham, N.C. to watch the first North Carolina-Duke game of the season at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“Me and my family are looking forward to seeing a great game,” he said by phone from Houston. “Both schools are recruiting me. This is the best time for us to go. We’re just going to go there expecting a great game, a great atmosphere.” To read more of this story, click here
Alex Murphy, the No. 1 small forward in the Class of 2012, has verbally pledged to Duke.
“Alex obviously thinks that Duke is the best place for him to reach his dreams and goals in basketball on the court and off the court,” his father, Jay, said by phone.
The 6-foot-8 Murphy out of St Mark’s (Mass.) chose Duke over Florida, Boston College, West Virginia, Kansas and North Carolina. He is the Blue Devils’ first 2012 commit. To read more of this story, click here