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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 gaining needed warmup to NCAA

Duke gaining needed warmup to NCAA

Duke’s slide to the ACC Tournament’s No. 5 seed raised concern regarding the Blue Devils’ long-term fitness for the NCAA Tournament. That starting-gate position meant four games in four days if they made a run to the ACC title.Normally, rest is better for a roster that is just...

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...

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Two years ago it looked like the one-and-dones had won. The college basketball world was theirs to rule.Duke captured the NCAA title behind three freshmen who left early for the NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. In that same 2015 Final Four, Kentucky – led...

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Jeff Capel, Duke’s unofficial head-coach-in-waiting, faces a tough test the next four weeks replacing Mike Krzyzewski. Much more challenging than for one game a year ago or whatever future season it is that he succeeds his mentor.I feel confident labeling Capel the “unofficial...

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...

Coach K is about more than Duke basketball

Coach K is about more than Duke basketball

Duke football and basketball play-by-play man Bob Harris relates a story that tells us more about Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski than NCAA titles or the Olympic gold medals he’s collected on the side.It also tells us why Harris will be in Miami on Saturday afternoon...

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...