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Harry Giles is college hoop throwback

Harry Giles is college hoop throwback

Duke freshman Harry Giles is a lot of things in the eyes of NBA scouts. He’s a 6-foot-10, 240-pounder who plays with the inside power of a big man and away from the basket with the skill of a smaller athlete.He operates efficiently and elevates his teammates. He can put down a...

Duke needs healthy Jefferson more than Allen

Duke needs healthy Jefferson more than Allen

Back in July, few Duke fans would have viewed power forward Amile Jefferson as more valuable to the Blue Devils than shooting guard Grayson Allen.Allen was the 2015 Final Four super-sub who followed up a national championship season by leading the Blue Devils in scoring in 2016...

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke is no longer a Ferrari greased by the feisty Grayson Allen. The Blue Devils, without Allen at the wheel, coughed and sputtered as they fell to Virginia Tech 89-75 Saturday in Blacksburg.What kind of team will Duke be when he returns? ... Click here for the rest of my...

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Midway through the first half of the Duke-Kansas game on Tuesday night, Amile Jefferson did his best Charles Barkley imitation. Duke’s forward backed his way down the lane as highly touted freshman Josh Jackson tried to hold his ground.The Blue Devils’ wily graduate student was...

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned as much about Duke’s basketball team in its third game of the season as we gained from Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski in a pregame interview.In one of those awkward faux conversations that TV dollars force coaches into, Coach K and Kansas Coach Bill Self met at...

Chase Jeter faces Duke competition

Chase Jeter faces Duke competition

Let’s give Chase Jeter credit for facing a challenge. The Duke sophomore didn’t become one of 700-plus transfers this year among Division I college basketball teams.The Blue Devils’ star-studded freshmen recruiting class that includes four highly touted big men could easily push...

Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Tim Duncan’s quiet and dignified NBA retirement the San Antonio Spurs announced Monday made me think of Harry Giles. He’s Duke’s incoming freshman big man with an understated personality.I’m referring to temperament – not leaping ahead to comparing skills of a kid to a legend...

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

One way Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski adapted to college basketball’s one-and-done culture was to bring incoming freshmen to his Durham campus over the summer to bond with returning players.That was especially important in 2014, when Coach K guided USA Basketball to the FIBA World...

High school hoops loses model on how to play game

High school hoops loses model on how to play game

High school basketball suffered a big loss – figuratively and literally – this week when Harry Giles’ senior year ended with a knee injury playing the season opener for his new high school, Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.I include “high school basketball” as a loss with...

Coach K and Gottfried in Holiday parking jam

Coach K and Gottfried in Holiday parking jam

Duke coach Mike Kryzewski, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfriend, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Wake Forest coach Danny Manning have attended the Holiday Invitational to see such 5-star recruits as Kinston's 6-8 Brandon Ingram, Orangeville Prep's 7-1 Thon Maker and High Point...