Bagley could be the missing piece in the Blue Devils' puzzle

Bagley could be the missing piece in the Blue Devils' puzzle

Even during its late-season run to an ACC championship in 2017, Duke sorely missed a post scoring presence, a problem that seemed destined to recur after Amile Jefferson’s graduation.

But with consensus No. 1 recruit Marvin Bagley III’s commitment, it may have solved that problem—and established itself as a national championship favorite.

Bagley announced his decision to come to Durham on ESPN’s SportsCenter Monday night, electing to play for the Blue Devils instead of Southern California and UCLA. The high school junior will need to be permitted by the NCAA to reclassify and play this season, but if Bagley is cleared to join head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 2017-18 squad, he could give Duke one of its strongest teams in recent memory.

The 6-foot-11 forward has been called a “once in a generation” talent by some scouts and is the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Read more »

Duval and Allen team up for their first dunk—in a driveway

Duval and Allen team up for their first dunk—in a driveway

Trevon Duval and Grayson Allen are already teaming up for dunks—in driveways.

Joining in on the ever-popular social media craze, the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Allen connected with the No. 1 point guard recruit in the nation to throw it down on a stranger’s hoop.

Sure, the hoop probably wasn't regulation height, but it was impressive nonetheless. Read more »

Recruiting roundup: 2018's No. 1 recruit reportedly considering reclassifying, playing this season for Duke

Recruiting roundup: 2018's No. 1 recruit reportedly considering reclassifying, playing this season for Duke

After landing three 5-star recruits and the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class, the Blue Devils seemed settled with another contender next year.

But they might not be done just yet.

The No. 1 player in the class of 2018, Marvin Bagley III, is reportedly considering reclassifying and joining this year’s recruiting class—making him to eligible to play this fall—and Duke is one of his top choices, according to 247Sports. After impressing in this weekend’s Nike EYBL Peach Jam, the 6-foot-11 forward will take his official visit to Durham this week and eventually visit Arizona and USC, which is thought to be the Blue Devils’ biggest competitor in his recruitment.

Bagley would still have many hoops to jump through in order to become eligible to play this season, including finishing high school and receiving the necessary academic clearances. But if he was allowed to reclassify and join the 2017-18 Duke team, he would join a freshman class that already has the 2017 class' best power forward, top point guard and No. 1 shooting guard in Wendell Carter, Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr. Read more »

This week in Duke history: Chuasiriporn nearly wins U.S. Women's Open as an amateur

This week in Duke history: Chuasiriporn nearly wins U.S. Women's Open as an amateur

At 20 years young, Jenny Chuasiriporn was making a name for herself on the world’s biggest stage. 

But she fell almost as quickly as she rose.

The amateur and rising Duke senior was playing in the U.S. Women’s Open on July 5, 1998 and needed to sink a 40-foot birdie putt to force a playoff against future Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak.

And she did. Read more »

Duke in the NBA: Former Blue Devils making highlight reels in Summer League

Duke in the NBA: Former Blue Devils making highlight reels in Summer League

Former Blue Devil stars are making waves in their first taste of NBA action, and another ex-standout signed a massive deal. 

Duke players shining in NBA Summer League

It hasn’t taken long for Duke’s newest NBA players to settle in.

Newly minted Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum and Detroit Piston Luke Kennard picked up right where they left off with the Blue Devils, scoring at ease and making highlight-reel plays in the NBA’s Summer League. Read more »

This week in Duke history: Longest professional baseball doubleheader ever played on East Campus

This week in Duke history:  Longest professional baseball doubleheader ever played on East Campus

They say baseball takes too long these days. Good thing you weren’t around on July 5, 1915!

That day, the second half of a minor-league doubleheader brought the total of innings played that day between the Durham Bulls and Raleigh Capitals to 34.5. The two teams played the first game in Raleigh before moving to Duke’s Hanes Field on East Campus for the second game. 

The doozy of a day set the all-time record for length of a doubleheader in American professional baseball, according to Philip J. Lowry's "Baseball's Longest Games."

But that leaves a few questions to answer. Read more »

This week in Duke history: Krzyzewski courted by the Lakers

This week in Duke history: Krzyzewski courted by the Lakers

Although Duke basketball has recently seen many players make the jump to the pros, the NBA perhaps was never more directly connected to the Blue Devils' fate as in the summer of 2004.

On July 1, 2004, news broke that the Los Angeles Lakers offered Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski a five-year, $40-million contract to replace Phil Jackson as head coach of the defending Western Conference champions. Lakers brass later said they knew courting Krzyzewski was essentially a shot in the dark. 

"I don't think anybody who was close enough to it or follows college basketball—even NBA basketball, for that matter—thought that it wasn't a remote possibility,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said at the time. 

Even though he said Krzyzewski "would have been a wonderful coup for our organization and the city of Los Angeles," Kupchak already offered the job to North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, who declined. Read more »

Former Blue Devil Luke Kennard is dating reality TV star Savannah Chrisley

Former Blue Devil Luke Kennard is dating reality TV star Savannah Chrisley

When Luke Kennard heard his name called as the No. 12 pick in the NBA Draft, reality TV fans may have recognized one familiar face sharing the moment with him and his family.

Savannah Chrisley, a star on the USA Network show "Chrisley Knows Best," confirmed that she is in a relationship with Kennard on Instagram Thursday night.

Krzyzewski to ring opening bell at Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday in honor of Emily K Center

Krzyzewski to ring opening bell at Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday in honor of Emily K Center

Before the NBA Draft begins Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski is making the most of his trip to New York.

Krzyzewski will ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell at the stock exchange in honor of the Emily K Center and all first-generation college students at 9:15 a.m. The event will be streamed live on Nasdaq's Facebook page.

The Emily K Center, named after Krzyzewski's mother, was founded by the head coach in 2006 and helps low-income students in Durham get to college. Every graduating high school senior that went through the "Scholars to College" program last year will attend college, with one going to Pennsylvania and becoming the first student in the program ever to attend an Ivy League school.

This week in Duke history: Olympic torch travels to Durham

This week in Duke history: Olympic torch travels to Durham

It was a day of remarkable pride for city, country—and university.

On June 23, 1996, Duke track and field head coach Al Buehler reunited with former N.C. Central head coach LeRoy Walker to light the Olympic cauldron twice in Durham on its way to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics the following month. Buehler stood for more than a minute with the torch in front of the Duke Chapel, greeted by more than a thousand onlookers and "with the chapel bells playing the Olympics' theme song," according to The Chronicle.

The torch came to Durham at the request of Walker, who was then president of the U.S. Olympic Committee and had been the Eagles' head coach for 28 years from 1945 to 1974. He and Buehler developed a relationship during Buehler’s 60 years at Duke, as the Blue Devil coach let N.C. Central's all-black team practice at Duke’s track in the midst of racial segregation in the United States.

Buehler's accomplishments, in fact, are quite many. He drove Tommie Smith and John Carlos back from the Olympic Village to the airport at the 1968 Games after they were kicked out of the residential area following their historic Black Power salute for their respective first- and third-place finishes in the 200-meter dash. Read more »