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Jun 19, 2019
2019 Is The Zion Williamson Draft

2019 Is The Zion Williamson Draft

No one but Zion knows where he’ll be taken Thursday night. Some years there’s a robust debate about the top pick in the NBA draft. This isn’t one of those years. Zion Williamson didn’t go into his only college season as the presumptive top pick in the draft. That distinction belonged to his Duke teammate, classmate and roommate R.J. Barrett. Barrett didn’t exactly play his way out of that top spot. But Williamson certainly played his way into it. Barring an extinction-level event like an asteroid strike or an alien invasion, Williamson will become the fourth Duke player...
Jun 19, 2019
2019 NBA Draft Links

2019 NBA Draft Links

Here’s your prep work for Thursday night. NBA Draft rumors: Celtics interested in trading up to No. 4 NBA Draft rumors: Knicks seriously considering taking Darius Garland over RJ Barrett High 5: Cavaliers mulling options with 5th pick in NBA draft Zion Williamson scouting report – NBA Draft Guide excerpt Lakers Trying to Trade Multiple Players, Add NBA Draft Picks [Report] Coach K on Zion Williamson’s NBApotential: ‘He’s a gift from God’ Zion, Barrett top list of forwards in NBA draft Mike Krzyzewski believes RJ Barrett ‘will flourish’ with Knicks Canadian basketball is...
Jun 19, 2019
YouTube Gold: A Great Cameron Buzzer Beater

YouTube Gold: A Great Cameron Buzzer Beater

One of the very best in Duke history We always liked Dave McClure. He wasn’t hugely talented but he was super smart and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. This was never more true than in 2007 at home against Clemson. The Tigers scored five points in about two and a half seconds to tie the game up and Duke got the ball back with 4.4 seconds left. Duke got the ball in to Jon Scheyer who hit McClure with an absolutely brilliant pass for an uncontested layup as time ran out. Still one of the best buzzer beaters in Duke history. If you're going to shop Amazon ...
Jun 18, 2019
RJ Barrett 2019 NBA Draft Update: Intrigue Is Getting Thick, Rumors Hot & Heavy

RJ Barrett 2019 NBA Draft Update: Intrigue Is Getting Thick, Rumors Hot & Heavy

Lots of maneuvering going on behind the scenes In NBA Draft news, looks like the Hawks will have to work harder if they want to acquire New York’s #3 pick: the Knicks didn’t like the proposed deal. Most people (though not all) still think that that New York will take Duke’s RJ Barrett but there are some big variables still left. New Orleans is still angling to get Barrett, for one, and if Memphis keeps the pick there are rumblings that the Grizzlies may not take Ja Morant as expected. Some folks think Darius Garland has really moved up and if Memphis takes Garland, then the Knicks...
Jun 18, 2019
A Pre-NBA Draft Cam Reddish Q&A

A Pre-NBA Draft Cam Reddish Q&A

We were lucky to have him. Good dude. Here’s a pretty great Q&A with Duke star Cam Reddish, who will know his NBA future in a couple of days. He talks a lot here about how much he learned at Duke, how he fought through injuries and illness and his affection for his Duke teammates. However he makes it clear that he plans to outdress Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett on draft night. The writer here calls Reddish Duke’s quiet star. Fair enough. However, when games were tight, he stepped up as much as anyone. His NBA career is going to be interesting to say the least. We’re really curious...
Jun 18, 2019
LaVar Ball Is A Piece Of Work

LaVar Ball Is A Piece Of Work

A piece of something anyway. LaVar Ball, father of the Ball Brothers, has struck again. Yesterday he offended ESPN’s Molly Qerim when she said she’d like to change gears and he said “you can change gears with me any time.” Even Stephen A. Smith was taken aback. Not content with merely being boorish, he went on to say something truly ludicrous: that he really wanted son Lonzo traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans and that he wanted it before the Pelicans won the #1 pick in the draft which they’ll use to pick Duke’s Zion Williamson Thursday. This despite...
Jun 18, 2019
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...
Jun 18, 2019
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...
Jun 18, 2019
LaMelo Ball Heads Down Under To Play In The NBL

LaMelo Ball Heads Down Under To Play In The NBL

No great surprise but he was running out of choices So far the Ball brothers haven’t worked out all that well. Lonzo had a spectacular time at UCLA but hasn’t sold everyone in the NBA and was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans this past weekend, much to his father’s displeasure. Middle brother LiAngelo followed Lonzo to UCLA where he went to China and was caught shoplifting. He was lucky not to be in a Chinese prison for several years. He was never as talented as his brothers and wasn't likely to have a pro career (and still isn’t). The youngest brother, LaMelo, along with...
Jun 17, 2019
You Tube Gold: ACC Buzzer Beater In Winston-Salem

You Tube Gold: ACC Buzzer Beater In Winston-Salem

Poor Wake Forest Here’s a great buzzer beater from a few years ago as Virginia’s Darius Thompson bobble the pass and has to adjust his shot to get it over his defender - and still somehow banks it in. Virginia hit three late threes in this game to pull off an impressive ACC comeback. If you're going to shop Amazon please start here and help DBR DBR Auctions|Blue Healer Auctions| Drop us a line
Jun 17, 2019
The Thorntons Still See Derryck As A Scoring Guard. So Why Can’t He Score?

The Thorntons Still See Derryck As A Scoring Guard. So Why Can’t He Score?

Maybe it will work at school #3 As we learned Monday, former Duke guard Derryck Thornton will be a grad student transfer and finish up at Boston College. As it was when he left Duke though, not much is his fault. Check out what his dad told the Boston Globe: “I think that Derryck had never been told no. In high school, being ranked so high, coming out of high school so early to be the starting point guard at Duke. Then you get to college, it’s, ‘No, no, no, no, no.’ And I don’t think he was ready for that mentally as a kid. ‘Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Don’t do this....
Jun 17, 2019
A Look At The History Of The NBA Draft

A Look At The History Of The NBA Draft

What a long strange trip it’s been You probably don’t remember Clifton McNeely. He played basketball for Texas Wesleyan. Not Texas Western. Texas Wesleyan. The one in Fort Worth. The Pittsburgh Ironmen of the Basketball Association of America selected McNeely as the first pick of the 1947 BAA draft. The Ironmen disappeared shortly afterwards but the BAA is very much still with us, although we know it as the National Basketball Association. McNeely never played for the Ironmen. He was 28 in 1947, a World War II vet and just married. And he had an offer to coach high-school basketball...
Jun 17, 2019
Derryck Thornton: Back To The ACC

Derryck Thornton: Back To The ACC

Didn’t see this coming Derryck Thornton, who left Duke unhappy after his freshman year with one relative claiming that he was a scoring point guard, ended up at USC. This past season he averaged 7.7 ppg, shot, shot 28.6% from three point range and 38.2% overall which leads one to think that Duke had him pegged about right. Well he’ll be back in Cameron but not as a Blue Devil: Thornton has committed to BC as a graduate transfer and will be eligible immediately, meaning he should play for BC when they visit in the upcoming season. That should be interesting. If you're going to shop...
Jun 17, 2019
YouTube Gold: The Louisville Heist

YouTube Gold: The Louisville Heist

Full game. Get some popcorn. It’s June and that means that you probably need a hoops fix. Might we, as your hoop servers, suggest a fine recent vintage? An impudent mix of failure, defiance with traces of an energetic late comeback? We are talking of course about this past season’s brilliant comeback by Duke at Louisville. It’s worth noting that Louisville was just killing Duke before the comeback started. But when it did the bottom fell out for Louisville. If you want to see the brilliance, go to about the 7:00 mark. If you want to see a funny moment, stop it when the game clock...
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