Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.
Here are this week’s best:
Thanks to a convenient front page video posting on Yahoo, Miles showcased his “alarmingly athletic” jumping ability to the rest of planet Earth by vaulting over his 6-10 brother Mason and finishing emphatically at the rim. The video, shot at Duke’s summer basketball camp, now has over 1.6 million hits on YouTube. The PBDC will be getting plenty of business next year with Duke’s new fast-paced offense spearheaded by Kyrie Irving. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Company’s newest employee in 2011.
Speaking of Kyrie Irving and new videos, check out Hoopmixtape’s sick new highlight reel of our incoming freshman point guard. Of particular interest is the special guest appearance by Irving’s counterpart at UNC, Kendall Marshall, 55 seconds into the video, when he greets the floor. Kyrie’s got some decent handles. (#UNDERSTATEMENT)
Next up is an excellent article by our friends over at Blue Devil Nation which summarizes the summer training done by each of our Blue Devils. We particularly like the references to Ryan Kelly’s newfound confidence in his game and Seth Curry’s aggressiveness/versatility, things which we managed to confirm during our trips to the NC Pro-Am summer league.
The long wait is almost over for Seth, and you can tell that he’s ready to turn some heads on the court and prove people wrong. I honestly don’t think there’s anyone on this Duke team with more to prove than Curry. He’s been stuck in the shadows of his former NBA pro father and college-superstar-turned-pro brother. He was overlooked by the majority of Division 1 schools coming out of high school because of his size, strength, and the assumption that he couldn’t match his brother’s accomplishments. In spite of being the 08-09 D1 season’s top-scoring freshman at 20.6 ppg, he endured criticism because his accomplishments came at mid-major Liberty and against lesser competition. And finally, after transferring to Duke, he was forced to watch from the bench while his teammates won a national title. So yeah. We’re looking forward to him proving everyone wrong and making his own name. Go get ’em, Seth.
ESPN RISE sat down with a few high school stars to see what they look for in an outstanding coach. Among the interviewees were Duke targets Alex Murphy and Shabazz Muhammad, who like their coaches to have close relationships with their players on and off the court and demand respect from their players. We also thought it was interesting that Tar Heel commit James McAdoo listed “motivating players to succeed” as one of his favorite coach attributes. We’re going to assume that he didn’t watch a whole lot of UNC basketball last year.
Last but not least, here’s some new footage from HardwoodElite.com of Duke 2012 wing target Alex Murphy in action. The similarities in playing style to Duke’s current #12 and former #34 are uncanny. Maybe he’ll continue the numerical legacy and wear #56 at Duke?
That’s all we’ve got for this edition of Deviled Eggs. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned! Basketball season is just 52 days away…