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Duke Basketball Report 11 hours ago
NBA Draft 2019: Could Zion Williamson And RJ Barrett Still Be Teammates?

NBA Draft 2019: Could Zion Williamson And RJ Barrett Still Be Teammates?

Just when it started to seem unlikely Apparently the New Orleans Pelicans haven’t given up on adding RJ Barrett to Zion Williamson to speed up their rebuild: the Pelicans are considering ways to acquire the #2 pick Memphis controls. Apparently the Grizzlies are not as sold on Ja Morant as they were earlier and the thinking is they might consider trading the pick for some of David Griffins’ Los Angeles bounty: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. Given some of Griffins’ previous comments about Ingram we’d guess he’d prefer to keep him but he still could offer a package with...
Duke Basketball Report 12 hours ago
With Draft Day Nearly Here, Not Everyone Is Sold On Zion Williamson

With Draft Day Nearly Here, Not Everyone Is Sold On Zion Williamson

Of all of these opinions, the stupidest one, by far, is what Tom Penders had to say. Apparently he doesn't watch much basketball in retirement. Draft night is now just two days away and on Thursday, shortly after 7:00, Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish will be the latest Blue Devils to join the NBA. Williamson, barring some highly unexpected development, will be the first player taken and be the keystone of the Pelicans rebuild. Here are some NBA analysts with thoughts about Williamson and it’s good to see people focusing on his other talents. You can see his prodigious...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 17, 2019
Duke Recruiting: Cade Cunningham Ready To Cut List

Duke Recruiting: Cade Cunningham Ready To Cut List

It’s ten now Cade Cunningham, a 6-7 kid who follows in RJ Barrett’s footsteps at Montverde, has a list of ten but says he’s ready to cut it in half sometime soon. Currently it includes Duke, UNC, Virginia and Kentucky. He tells Zagsblog that “I want to cut it down to way less than 10, probably around five. Ten was a lot for me. I’m probably going to talk with my family some more and get it down to five. That is the goal.” If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
Duke Basketball Report Jun 15, 2019
RJ Barrett Overrated?

RJ Barrett Overrated?

We don’t agree but it’s not like we’re the leading experts You can’t please everyone of course and it would be hard for RJ Barrett to win this guy over. Writing for Medium.com, Brandon Anderson thinks that Barrett is overrated and questions his decision making: “But when Barrett does have to slow down and make good decisions with the ball, the results have not been great. You know that Mamba mentality? It’s going to create a legion of R.J. Barrett stans but drive some poor coach absolutely insane. Barrett thinks he’s the best player on the court. That wasn’t true at Duke,...
Ball Durham Jun 15, 2019

Duke Basketball: RJ Barrett is major piece in upcoming wild NBA offseason

The NBA offseason is officially underway and a major piece in what will be a wild couple of months is the pending rookie and former Duke Basketball star, RJ Barrett. This was set up to be one of the most unpredictable NBA offseason’s yet, then the NBA Finals happened. Kevin Durant returned from a ‘calf’ […] Duke Basketball: RJ Barrett is major piece in upcoming wild NBA offseason - Ball Durham - Ball Durham - A Duke Blue Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Duke Basketball Report Jun 11, 2019
Two New NBA Mock Drafts Agree On Where Duke Players Will Go

Two New NBA Mock Drafts Agree On Where Duke Players Will Go

Don’t count on anything past Zion #1 though. It doesn’t matter that much but with the draft drawing closer, the mock drafts all more or less agree on where Duke’s guys are expected to go: Zion Williamson - #1 New Orleans Pelicans RJ Barrett - #3, New York Knicks Cam Reddish - #8 Atlanta Hawks CBS and Sports Illustrated are the latest two to agree on the three destinations. Needless to say, other than Williams it may not happen. There are at least three major situations that could shake everything up: #1: the Anthony Davis trade. It hasn’t happened yet but it will. He’s...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 11, 2019
RJ Makes It Clear: He Wants The Knicks

RJ Makes It Clear: He Wants The Knicks

But do they want him? Everyone pretty much understood that Duke’s RJ Barrett wanted to be a Knick but in case anyone (hello Memphis) missed it, he made it exceedingly explicit Monday. Barrett met with the Knicks, announced that he wouldn’t meet or work out for any other team, and that “[t]his is where I want to be. I hope they draft me.” That doesn't mean that New York has to feel the same way of course and there have been rumors that they might trade down. But at least they know where he stands and given New York’s horrible management, it’s a minor miracle that anyone wants to...
Duke Basketball Report Jun 10, 2019
Tales from the Raptors’ Bandwagon

Tales from the Raptors’ Bandwagon

Watching a city embrace basketball in real time has been a surreal experience I moved north of the border to Toronto just over a year ago. And as fortune would have it, my first year in the fourth largest city in North America has been easily the biggest in the history of Canadian basketball. Consider that mere days after I arrived in my new, overpriced apartment (thanks Toronto rent!), Duke announced its summer exhibition tour through Canada. National treasure RJ Barrett and soon-to-be No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson proceeded to put on a show in both Toronto and Montreal which,...
Looks Like A Duke Guy Might Be In The Anthony Davis Trade. But Which One?

Looks Like A Duke Guy Might Be In The Anthony Davis Trade. But Which One?

At least three strong possibilities We hadn’t really thought about in these terms but the three leading trade scenarios for New Orlean’s Anthony Davis involve three members of the Duke brotherhood, all wings: LA’s Brandon Ingram, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and, perhaps, RJ Barrett if the Knicks take him and package him in a deal for Davis. That’s kind of amazing to think of in terms like that. Duke’s influence on the league right now is at an all-time high. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
Kevin Knox On RJ Barrett

Kevin Knox On RJ Barrett

Nice to get feedback from your soon-to-be-peers This is kind of cool: check out what Knick Kevin Knox says about possibly teaming up with RJ Barrett: “That’s my guy — I played against him a couple of times in high school. He’s a great player. If I can get a chance to play with him, it would be a great opportunity...If we get the opportunity [to be teammates], I think we’d jell really well. He’s a great player. He can pass well, score the ball well. I think we’d complement each other.’’ That is a fun pair to contemplate. If New York drafts Barrett and doesn't blow free...
Duke’s Williamson, Barrett And Reddish Get Green Room Invitations For The NBA Draft

Duke’s Williamson, Barrett And Reddish Get Green Room Invitations For The NBA Draft

There probably wasn’t much question that Duke’s Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish would get Green Room invitations for the NBA Draft later this month and they have. Williamson and Barrett are seen as Top 3 picks and Reddish anywhere from 6-10 by most estimates. They’ll have some familiar company: Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and UNC’s Coby White also have invites, as do Murray State’s Ja Morant, Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Vandy’s Darius Garland and Longhorn Jaxson Hayes That’s not quite the full compliment for the lottery, so we’re sure there will be some...
NY Post: RJ Can Handle New York

NY Post: RJ Can Handle New York

Barrett is easily tough-minded enough to handle the New York environment The New York Post spoke to Duke assistant Jon Scheyer and both seem to be high on RJ Barrett as a Knick. ThePost, like everyone else in New York, assumed that the Knicks were going to get Zion Williamson. That obviously didn’t happen but RJ Barrett could potentially be a better NBA player and you might argue that he’s the better player now - on the ground. He can’t fly like Williamson, can’t block shots like that, can’t do those spectular aerial assaults and celebrations. Between the lines though he’s...
RJ Barrett’s AAU Coach Is Mad

RJ Barrett’s AAU Coach Is Mad

And it’s hard to blame him We haven’t seen this but RJ Barrett’s AAU coach, Duane Washington, thinks some NBA types are calling his former star a ball hog. On the one hand we always keep in mind that people try to manipulate perceptions to create more doubts about prospects. If you can get enough people worried about some aspect of a young player’s game, so much the better for you. So on the one hand you can't take that too seriously. On the other...what the heck? Barrett at times shot a lot at Duke and he suffers if compared to Williamson, because Williamson was freakishly...
More On A Potential Knicks Draft Move

More On A Potential Knicks Draft Move

The Knicks may not be completely sold on Duke’s RJ Barrett As we’ve said before, the luckiest thing you could hope for in the draft is to be with a stable franchise and the worst is to be with a dysfunctional one. So while RJ Barrett has said he likes the idea of being a Knick, he’d get tired of losing and poor management in a big hurry. So if the continued rumors of a Knicks trade down in the draft turn out to be true, say to Atlanta, he’d get a major break even if he’d prefer to be in New York. And if it’s true that the Knicks “aren't sold” on him yet, then why go...
Latest NBA Scenario: Pelicans Keep Anthony Davis, Trade 1st Pick

Latest NBA Scenario: Pelicans Keep Anthony Davis, Trade 1st Pick

It’s an interesting thought but Davis seems pretty set on leaving New Orleans As we’ve said for several years, and several times so far in the run up to this year’s draft, the rumors and machinations are almost more fun than the actual draft itself. In the last couple of days we’ve seen the rumors about the Knicks trading RJ Barrett to the Hawks for the two top 10 picks Atlanta has and now rumors that Memphis isn't happy about Ja Morant having knee surgery and inviting him in for a workout, which he declined (that part apparently is fact). And now? Now we have Forbes’ Jeff...

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