Breaking: Austin Rivers to Duke

The Rivers will officially runneth through Durham next fall. Austin Rivers, the top ranked shooting guard prospect in the country, committed to the defending national champions on Wednesday evening.

Stone. Cold. Killer. (Photo courtesy of Jason Jordan/HighSchoolHoop.com)

According to a report from The Orlando Sentinel, Rivers informed the coaches at North Carolina and Kansas that he would not be taking official visits to their respective schools.

The news comes just one day before Austin was scheduled to take an official visit to North Carolina. I guess Coach Williams won’t be doing the ‘Soulja Roy’ this weekend. He was probably looking forward to it.

If you’ve read this site for any amount of time, you know that we’re absolutely in love with Austin’s game. Here’s what ESPN’s Paul Biancardi has to say about Rivers’ arsenal:

Rivers is a prolific scorer who exudes confidence and, more importantly, has the ability to lead his team to victory. He is a cold-blooded assassin that has the full package of offensive weapons at his disposal and plays without fear of failure. He has range out to 28-feet, uses the jab-step as well as seasoned pros, an excellent mid-range game, can finish through contact when attacking the basket and has the best NBA-level floater over the bigs of any player in the high school or college ranks.

If that doesn’t get you jacked up, I have no idea what will. Rivers joins Michael Gbinije, Marshall Plumlee and Tyler Adams as future members of Duke’s Class of 2015.

Update: Rivers confirmed the announcement via his Twitter account around 2:00pm on Thursday.

World i have decided to go to duke! Let’s go blue devils ha’Thu Sep 30 18:03:04 via Echofon

So, Crazie-Talkers, you thought last year was great? Just wait. The next three years are going to be one hell of a ride. K is loading up the uzis, folks. Let’s get ready to rumble.

Deviled Eggs: September 27th, 2010

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:

#33 Fires Up the Homecoming Crowd (Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1. Grant Hill: All-Star, Philanthropist, Alumnus, Producer

Duke legend Grant Hill was on campus this weekend to partake in the Duke homecoming festivities. After being introduced by Coach Cutcliffe at the homecoming rally this past Friday, the high-flying former #33 talked about his love for the university and its traditions. But that’s not the only reason he was in Durham. Hill has been working on producing a full-length motion picture about Duke’s legendary track and field coach, Al Buehler. Coach B was instrumental in helping desegregate track and field in the US and bringing international notoriety to Duke’s track program. Coach Buehler still teaches a class here at Duke (the same one that Grant Hill took while he was here), and still has an office on the first floor of Cameron.

2. Cameras Covering Cameron

Can’t really say too much about this particular topic, aside from the fact that Duke Basketball, the Cameron Crazies, the Inferno, and Crazie Talk will soon be headed to a newsstand near you! We had a pretty cool experience last Wednesday at a certain photo-shoot. Keep your eyes peeled! Just sayin’.

3. Gbinije’s Gballin’

Here’s a new video of 2011 Duke commit Michael Gbinije working hard on the summer AAU circuit. We can definitely see him fitting in well at the wing position with his versatile talents on the court. In the mixtape, it looks like he even did a pretty good job of shutting down Kyrie Irving’s former St. Patrick’s teammate and top 5 recruit, Michael Gilchrist. We’re looking forward next year to seeing this guy get gbuckets.

4. Officially Counting Down to Craziness

It’s baaaaaack! Everyone’s favorite midnight madness event will be here in less than 3 weeks! Tickets have officially gone on sale for those of you who can’t join us front and center in Section 17. And sorry…we don’t take bribes. Get ’em quick before they’re gone! It’s bound to be quite a show, highlighted by that beautiful fourth banner dropping from the rafters. We’re planning on recording it all for you from courtside! Duke University Improv’s sure to have some ridiculous videos again. But, personally I think it’ll be pretty hard to top last year in ridiculousness

5. The Museum of…Duke Domination

We’re pretty intrigued by the construction at the new Duke Basketball museum. I guess the fourth title really helped facilitate a rearranging of hardware. I’m only wondering if all this is really worth it since we’re only going to have to shift everything around again after this season…if you catch  my drift…

6. Tyler Thornton on “The Trio”

Last but not least, we have an article by GoDuke.com’s Al Featherston on Duke’s “other” freshman point guard, Tyler Thornton. You might expect that Thornton would have been pretty sour about being “recruited over” by our superstar frosh point guard Kyrie Irving. On the contrary. Thornton apparently played a major role in Irving’s recruitment and embraces the idea of having a future NBA PG to go up against in practice every day. Thornton also prides himself on his defense, so we think he’ll fit right in at Duke.

That’s it for this edition of Deviled Eggs. Wish us luck with midterm week…but we’ll be back soon! The season starts up in…what? Seriously? 18 DAYS? #Hyped

Deviled Eggs: September 20th, 2010

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.

Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com.

1. Duke Dunks

Check out this video for some of the nastiest Blue Devil throwdowns caught on tape.  Everyone from G to Mike Dunleavy (no joke) gets in on the action.  My personal favorite- Dahntay Jones’s poster on Nick Vanderlaan of UVA (:47).   Not bad for a bunch of players that are alarmingly unatheletic.

To our readers – who’s your favorite Duke dunker?

2. Video: Q&A with Chris Collins

GoDuke.com recently sat down with men’s basketball associate head coach Chris Collins for a Q&A. Collins discusses working with USA Basketball during the 2010 FIBA World Championships, differences between working with the 2008 Olympic Team and the 2010 World Championship Team, facing former Blue Devil and Lithuania National Team player Marty Pocius, plus much more.

3. Chicago Honors Coach K

There’s President’s Day, Father’s Day, Veteran’s Day, and now- “Mike Krzyzewski Day.”  The city of Chicago honored Coach K this past Wednesday as the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame’s “Coach of the Year. ” Krzyzewski, who grew up in the suburbs of the Windy City, attributed much of his success to late DePaul baskeetball coach Ray Meyer, a friend and mentor.  Congrats coach, and hopefully Mike Krzyzewski Day can grow to become a national holiday!

4. Saban a fan of Duke Basketball

In wake of this past weekend’s Duke-Alabama “game,” one good news for Duke is that Coach K has at least one extra fan- Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.  Saban, who appeared on Krzyzewski’s radio show this past summer, had nothing but positive reviews for the Duke coach.  It’s just too bad that he didn’t show too much of that respect during this weekend’s beatdown at Wally-Wade.

5. Quinn Cook and Austin Rivers – Duke’s Backcourt in 2011?

Quinn Cook, one of the top point guard prospects in the class of 2011, was on campus for the Duke-Alabama showdown this weekend. It’s a real possibility that he dons Duke blue next season…along with one of his close friends, Austin Rivers. Quinn will be back on campus on October 2nd for his official visit, while Austin will be in Durham for Countdown to Craziness on October 15th.

6. The Official Austin Rivers ‘HoopMixtape’

I’m not quite sure where my life would be without HoopMixtape.com (though I’d probably have a better GPA), but I know for a fact that I still love checking out their Youtube videos.   They’ve got a new mixtape of Austin, who looks absolutely nasty in this video.  In my opinion, he has to be the number one player in the class of 2011.  No other high school player possesses the same offensive repertoire as rivers- his combination of athleticism, skill, and intelligence has molded him into an elite guard (I love the step-back three at :43).  Countdown to Craziness can’t get here soon enough!

Hungry, Humble and Happy

The Duke basketball program has a lot to discuss with recruits.

The world conqueror is back in Durham, and we're ready to put our championship pedigree to its regular litmus test. (Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

Duke has four national titles in the modern era of basketball, a legendary coach whose teams can’t stop winning championships, one of the best academic acumens in the world…and on, and on, and on.

So the Blue Devil coaching staff has a lot of positives to throw out to recruits (and as Andy Katz reported recently, Wojo and Co. didn’t miss a beat while K and Collins were abroad). We have no reason to resort to negative recruiting, the underhanded and illegal tactics that are souring the world of high school sports and obliterating the “ethics” of coaching. That fact is not pompous, it’s not something that will necessarily last forever. For now, it’s just how things are.

But let’s be real–not everyone has the benefits that Duke fans (and really, UNC fans as well) tote to the high ground. Look at Bruce Pearl. How could a man who hops around half naked at a Lady Vols game imitating the Truffle Shuffle also be a base hoops villain with no respect for fundamental rules?

I know that the NCAA is a bass ackwards organization whose only saving grace is the Big Dance, but really, Bruce. I feel kind of sorry for you. That tan? Yikes. Being perpetually in the shadow of your football program? Tough life.

(Well, Billy Donovan made it work, but he also has Nerf guns.)

It must be difficult for Pearl to have his recruits constantly dipping out on him and his players having frequent run-ins with the law. And after being banned from off campus recruiting for two years, things are just going to get worse and worse at Thompson Boiling Arena. Pat Summit has always worn the pants in this relationship and good lord, man, she always will.

I’m thrilled to be a Duke student for the halcyon days that we have now firmly entered. Our recruiting, unlike Pearl’s, is going along swimmingly. Our targets, unlike John Calipari’s, did not play profe$$ionally in Europe or have their transcripts overhauled to be admitted to “school” (…reportedly). Our prized players, unlike poor Dana Altman’s at Oregon, aren’t jumping ship overseas (check those consecutive ocean metaphors!).

Obviously, the Blue Devil program has had problems in the past. If I had a nickel for every time a rival fan (read: Kentucky) mentioned Corey Maggette and Myron Piggie, and literally snorted like a pig in imitation, I could buy season tickets next to Ashley Judd. And there is no guaranteeing that, in the post-Coach K era, Duke will always attract top talent to Durham or run a squeaky clean program. We can hope, but we can’t count on it.

But for now, let’s enjoy the fruits of success. Coach K is stacking so much paper to the ceiling and slanging so many gold medals that Duke will probably have top 5 recruiting classes until he retires.

The founders of this blog have at least two more years at Duke and in Cameron. With this roster, a coach who has his own holiday, and the Durham community, we’re hoping to ride the wave to Houston.

Crazie Notes featuring Quinn Cook

Duke has offered 2011 standout point guard Quinn Cook, Jason Jordan on DIME Magazine reported yesterday. Thanks for taking our post-Felix advice, guys. Once Cook recovers from his knee injury, he’ll be an absolute star for Steve Smith at Oak Hill. I hope (and kind of anticipate) that Quinn joins Duke and helps fill the hole left by his god-brother Nolan Smith. With Gbinije, Adams and Plum3 already committed (and Austin Rivers possibly on the way), we may be looking a recruiting class to sort of rival 1999. Maybe.

Cook’s highlights from a solid summer are below.

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FIBA Final Will Be Like Duke-Butler on Steroids

Coach K’s teams have a knack for getting in situations where, if victorious, everyone in the stadium will hate them.

If their team wins tomorrow, Turkish fans might just burn this off the map in celebration.

In April, his Blue Devils faced off against Indianapolis hometown heroes Butler in Indy’s Lucas Oil Stadium. 90% of the stadium was rooting for Butler, and probably 95% of the nation joined in (hey, Duke hate produces great ratings). I was at the game. The collective groan when Gordon Hayward‘s shot clanged off the rim was cavernous and sad.

We can apply the same principle to the United States-Turkey game tomorrow in Istanbul, the host nation’s largest city. But multiply it by a factor of ten thousand.

I mean, Turkey has history. Istanbul used to be Constantinople, seat of the Eastern Roman Empire. And their culture has welcomed roundball wholeheartedly. They’ve got serious baggage with another traditional European hoops power, Greece, among other rivals. I’d even venture that basketball is becoming their national sports pastime, replacing soccer much the way football is replacing baseball in the U.S. Even if Turkey’s national basketball prowess is rooted in a 70’s American TV series, they’re nothing to screw around with.

In tomorrow’s gold medal game, the U.S. teams finds itself in a familiar position, but not in a familiar locale. Everyone knows that Europeans take their sports a little more seriously than Americans do. As Pete Thamel of the New York Times tweeted earlier today, there is no atmosphere in American athletics that will compare to tomorrow’s exhibition of national pride in Turkey. In Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Dom, in the streets, in distant cities of this very large country—there will be riots, fights, hospitalizations, win or lose.

After the national title win over Butler, I ran around the stadium screaming Duke cheers and waving my shirt in the air. American fans in Istanbul, be advised. Don’t do that. If the reaction to Turkey’s dramatic win over Serbia in today’s semi-final is any indication, you’ll want to get out fast, preferably in an armored car.

USA fans watching from anywhere but Turkey will cheer on The Durantula and Co. as they face off with a seasoned squad led by Hedo Turkoglu. The Turks also featured Carlos Boozer’s new Chicago Bulls teammate Omer Asik, who will be an excellent NBA center.

I won’t be surprised by any result tomorrow—a blowout by either team is completely possible, depending on who’s more psyched out by the undoubtedly insane game atmosphere. It’s youth and talent vs. experience and home country advantage. It should be a great game.

Let’s go, America.

Weighing In: Duke and the FIBA World Championships

Sometimes at Crazie-Talk we get together to discuss a hot story in the Duke-i-verse that merits some serious thought. Once on Coach K’s choice to return to Team USA back in ’09, and once, more recently, when the Blue Devils were turning their swag to 11 en route to the 2010 National Championship.

Today, Jake and Amogh discuss two Duke storylines through the lens of international (read: European) hoops and the veritable Brawl of Basketball: The FIBA World Championships. Enjoy.

Pocius had the floor on his senior night in 2009, but he didn't see much playing time on it in four injury-riddled years. (Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

On Marty Pocius Being More Successful in Europe

The Lithuanian basketball team rode on the back of a familiar player to the FIBA Final Four.

Martynas Pocius, who played at Duke from 2005 to 2009, has been the firebrand that sparked his country’s team to unexpected heights in basketball’s biggest international event. Today, Pocius faces off against his former coach, Mike Krzyzewski, and the loaded young USA team.

Pocius (pronounced “Poat-zoos” for some reason) had a terrific reputation coming out of prep school in New Hampshire: scoring prowess, incredible leaping ability, and a pair of impeccable calves that soon caught one sweater loving coach’s attention during several ESPN broadcasts. Perhaps Coach Rick will invite Marty stateside for Duke’s game against Saint Louis this December 11. You know, to massage those spectacular calves.

Yet despite all the hype and sweet musculature, Marty never lived up to his 5-star rating at Duke. Or perhaps more accurately, Marty was never dealt the right cards.

The first factor in Pocius’ lukewarm career was injury. Ankle problems limited his effectiveness for two years, culminating in a medical redshirt in 2007-2008. In his fourth academic year, Pocius was technically active, but saw scant minutes off the bench in a Sweet Sixteen season. He decided to forgo his fifth year of eligibility to play professionally—back home in Lithuania. More on that later.

Compounding Pocius’ inconsistent health was (go figure) Duke’s tremendous guard depth. Over his career, Marty was buried in the depth chart behind a formidable group: DeMarcus Nelson, Jon Scheyer, Gerald Henderson, Greg Paulus, Nolan Smith and Elliot Williams. When healthy, fans attributed Marty’s pineriding to a lack of defensive skills and penchant for fouling (not an uncommon criticism for European players, after all). The truth is, if you miss practice at Duke (injured or not), it’s hard to crack the starting lineup. Coach K is pretty consistent on that. It’s even harder if, as in Marty’s case, you have three to five NBA-level guards on your team. Not everyone can play on bad ankles. Not everyone is Brett Favre.

It’s fitting that Pocius’ best performance—14 points on 5-5 shooting in 17 minutes—came in one of the darkest moments of the past decade: Duke’s first round ACC Tournament exit to NC State in 2007. And unlike last year, the team didn’t learn from losing to the lowly Wolfpack—they went ahead and lost to VCU. Even when he won, his team lost.

But enough with the negativity.

One year removed from his Duke career, Marty is thriving in what is clearly his natural habitat—EuroBasket. He averaged 8.1 points per game in sixteen games this past season with BC Zalgiris in Kaunas, Lithuania, a city just 102 kilometers away from Marty’s native Vilnius. (Editor’s Note: Vilnius factors largely in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, a book I’m about to finish. Oh, how FIBA brings it all together…)

In the World Championships, Marty has scored 61 points in 128 minutes of action, acting as a key reserve for a Lithuanian squad that has largely exceeded expectations. In Lithuania’s huge “upset” over (soon to be former) world number one Argentina, Pocius was scintillating: 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting (including two treys) and 4 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action. Stick it, Luis Scola.

While players mature mentally and physically at different stages in their careers, one can’t help but wonder what Marty could’ve accomplished at Duke if he had been injury-free. Or, on a more extraneous note, had he attended a University whose calling card wasn’t tough, American style guard play, he certainly would have played more (again, barring injuries).

(Jonathan Givony of anti-predictive NBA draft site DraftExpress started a tweet war the other day claiming that Coach K had wasted Pocius, before finally admitting that he had never seen Marty play a minute in college. So, all’s well that ends…idiotically?)

Disregarding the woulda coulda shouldas, when this story bottoms out, it’s redemptive and happy. By proving himself in international basketball, Marty also proved he belonged at Duke.

We wish Marty the very best with his career in Europe. As he faces his former mentor tomorrow against Team USA, we anticipate a big performance under the bright lights and fiery eyes of his opponent’s coach.

And just like against the Wolfpack in ’07, we hope he loses. Sorry, bro.

UPDATE: Marty got the start against the United States today, and showed well: 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. However, Kevin Durant was unstoppable, setting an American record with 38 points, and Team USA got the 89-74 victory. Congrats to Marty on a great tournament, he certainly turned a lot of heads. And I know Majerus watched every minute scrupulously.

You can follow Marty’s entertaining Twitter here: @LTUMarty.

Coach K PO'd some media folk the other day, but not these ones. They seem cool. (Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

The Briefly Noted Saga of Coach K vs. the Israeli-American coach of Russia/Former USSR

OK, OK. I know we’re late to this party. Team USA’s already avenged 1972 beaten Russia in the FIBA quarterfinals. Doug Collins is still righteously pissed off even if his new star in Philly, Andre Iguodala, was part of the “B-deem team” that took out the Bear Nation.

Even if the Russians are not the Soviets (because in Soviet Russia, ball dunk you) and the Cold War is twenty years past, the officiating catastrophe in the 1972 gold medal game between the U.S. and USSR still infuriates a lot of people.

Coach K, a veteran of West Point and former Army Captain, is one of those people.

I’m about 50% tempted to give Coach a mulligan on his faux-pas in calling David Blatt, an American and Israeli citizen, a “Russian” and being offended by Blatt’s innocuous belief that the USSR was the rightful winner of the ’72 game. Only fifty percent because only that much of it was wrong, or even mildly offensive.

Since K has established himself as one of the top coaches in the sport, he hasn’t needed to be a firebrand in the media like he used to be (after all, he ‘loves Dean Smith’ these days). I was surprised by these comments not only because of their inflammatory nature—it should’ve been easy for some assistant to tell the acting American basketball ambassador that Blatt was, in fact, an American (somebody hire Reggie Love). It just seemed out of character for K to be so unsavvy with the press.

But, as any Mad Men fan has learned from Roger Sterling‘s feud with “the Japs,” military allegiances run deep. And although K stated that Blatt’s comments had “absolutely” no effect on his game preparation, I have a feeling this whole thing fired up the old soldier in K, even after he realized his mistake on Blatt’s nationality.

After the game, Coach K sheepishly praised Blatt. He knew he was wrong. The game went over without controversy. The right team won. All good, right?

Not for Adrian Wojnarowski, it wasn’t.

WTF, Woj?

Wojnarowski, a reporter for Yahoo! Sports, originally reported Blatt’s gracious response on this issue. He then went on to write a livid, flamethrowing piece on K’s behavior, calling the comments a “desperate stunt” to motivate his players while “in [a] haste to exploit that old American gash” of the ’72 game.

He goes on to say that K’s “low-rent” actions were an attempt to rile up American public hatred of the Soviets. To Wojnarowski, this somehow proves that K has no faith in his own team. So apparently, not only is K a old fogey bigot, but he’s not even patriotic enough to believe his own team could win. Huh?

I don’t think a doctoral thesis could legitimize that kind of harsh claim, and Wojnarowski certainly does not. Not to mention Woj’s offering of an irrelevant opinion on whether the ’72 squad should have accepted their medals: “This 38-year blood war with that loss has gone on long enough,” and the team should accept their medals graciously. Yeah, I’m sure they haven’t heard that before.

Wojnarowski pulls a low-rent stunt of his own, bringing up the murder of Israeli athletes at the ’72 games as a counterpoint to the “ache for the ages” that the loss to the Soviets was. Dude, what does that have do with Coach K?

The venomous article is a lot to extrapolate from a few off-color comments from a man who led Team USA back to the same gold medal stand that his friends and colleagues were denied in 1972. I understand that Wojnarowski is paid to take such polarized positions, and considering his normally solid work, I was surprised by this sudden take-off on Air Gregg Doyel.

K certainly made a mistake. But not the kinds of mistakes that Wojnarowski claims. I’m tempted to say Kiss the Medals, but Team USA still has Lithuania to take care of.

Crazie-Talk thanks you for reading this article, if you’ve gotten this far. Be sure to keep tabs on two big games at noon EST: Duke Football’s showdown with Wake Forest, and of course, the United States-Lithuania semi-final match.

Go Blue Devils, and Go America.

Deviled Eggs: September 6th, 2010

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.

Kyle Singler should be back in full form before Countdown to Craziness. Will he earn his place in the rafters this year? (Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1. Surprise! Kyle Singler recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery

The reigning Final Four Most Outstanding Player had an extremely busy summer. Among his many activities, #12 played for the U.S. Select Team in Vegas and New York, hosted a basketball camp for kids in his native Oregon, and competed against much shorter dudes—and future UNC opponents—at Chris Paul’s guards camp. Thus, it’s no wonder that he wasn’t 100% after working hard through the season that saw many hoopsters chilling at home. Wojo had this to say, quoted from the GoDuke.com article:

“Kyle had some discomfort in his knee following a very busy summer so we elected to go in and clean it up prior to the start of the season…By all accounts, today’s surgery was a success and Kyle will be back at full strength before the start of practice.”

Singler is the noted Iron Man of our team—how many bruises and black eyes has he been dealt in his career? A little knee surgery most likely won’t slow his roll too much, and I’m pleased that Kyle, the staff and the medical team decided to “clean it up” sooner rather than later. I don’t want anything derailing his campaign for National Player of the Year.

2. College Park 5-0 prepares for next year’s Duke “celebration”

One of the best games in the ACC last year was Duke-Maryland in College Park (ESPN’s Steve Levy’s hilariously unsubtle remark in that highlight: “Me? I’m like everybody else. I’m going to find [UMd. alumnus Scott] van Pelt at Bentley’s or something like that…”) Greivis Vasquez went crazy on his senior night, and I grudgingly gave him respect. Maryland forced Duke’s hand to tie them at the top of the conference standings against UNC, which happily resulted in 82-50. And we didn’t lose again. Maryland got their national championship, we got ours. Fun for all, right?

Well, Maryland students celebrated by taking it to their own town and pissing off some power-tripping crazy policemen. In response to this perennial mess, this coming year the authorities are trying to tame the celebration after a potential victory over Duke. That amounts to two new protocol: hosing down dumpsters to prevent fires and trying to keep glass bottles of the streets. I guess it’s a start. Something tells me that after years of acting the fool, Maryland students will try their damndest to destroy and burn things after Duke games, win or lose. And considering Vasquez is finally gone and Duke’s bench is better than the remnants in College Park, expect the latter this year. Hopefully the cops will avoid beating another happy-go-lucky student so I can go back to being absolutely pitiless for the pitiful Terps.

Anyway, kudos to the Maryland police for trying to control the bunch of wackos who go to school there. Nothing this recession-riddled economy needs more than its state-funded students destroying their own state-funded institution, right?

(Bonus: In Googling around about Maryland fans, I found a hilarious post celebrating Duke’s ’08 win in College Park. Enjoy.)

3, 4. BallisLife puts out Quinn Cook, Austin Rivers mixtapes

There seems to be an abundance of amazing high school hoops mixtape artists these days. Thank jeebus for those YouTubes, right?

One of our favorites, BallisLife.com, recently compiled highlights of two of Duke’s 2011 guard prospects: Crazie-Talk’s most wanted, Austin Rivers, and the next great Oak Hill Academy (and Blue Devil?) point guard, Quinn Cook. Both had dynamite summers and are surefire five star recruits. Enjoy the highlights.

Sidenote: Cook injured his knee in the recent Elite 24 event, and we’re happy to hear that his recovery—which was previously estimated to knock him out for the entire high school season—should only take 4-5 weeks. We wish him luck and hope to see him lead Oak Hill back to the promised land. That’d sure make his godbrother Nolan Smith happy.

5. Duke football starts off on a good note

Before I leave the U.S. for a semester in rainy Dublin, I wanted to check out Duke’s opening football game against the not-awful Elon Phoenix this weekend. And I wasn’t disappointed with our 41-27 victory in packed-to-the-brim Wallace Wade Stadium. What used to be a groan-inducing program is firmly on the upswing, and I can’t wait to see what the messianic Cutcliffe builds in coming seasons. Especially if our quarterback Sean Renfree keeps on putting up these ridiculous numbers.

However, it might be good to be out of the country so I don’t have to witness what Alabama will do to us in a few weeks. As an unnamed friend who works for the football team told me, “they could score on every play if they wanted to.” Yikes. Go Duke!

6. Do-it-all Dave Bradley writes book on the championship

Dave Bradley, the genius behind DukeBluePlanet.com (which, you may have noticed, kindly allows us to use his stellar photos), has written Worthy Champions, a book celebrating last year’s run to the title. In addition to being a great guy, Dave has unprecedented access to the team. If you already follow DBP, you know this from his fantastic interviews, videos, blog posts, etc. It’s truly in a class of its own in terms of the websites of college basketball programs.

The book will be out later this week, so be sure to follow Dave on Twitter for all the details. It will likely be available at the physical Duke store and on their website. If you spring for one more piece of championship memorabilia, this should be it.

UPDATE: The book is now available at the physical Duke bookstore and through their website. Enjoy!

Bonus: Top 50 NCAA Dunks of All Time.

From Dime Magazine, a video of 50 ridiculous college hoops dunks. Grant Hill checks in at #42, and Dahntay Jones’ pushup dunk at Virginia at #7. ACC love abounds; among others, Vince Carter, Stackhouse, Georgia Tech’s Isma’il Muhammad and Miami’s DeQuan Jones all make the cut. Check the whole video out below:

If it had been a top 100, I bet this poster by Gerald Henderson would have qualified.

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