Deviled Eggs: 4/11/11

 

Kyle and Nolan are still giving it their all for a few final collegiate games. (Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1.  ACC Seniors Put on a Show in the ACC Barnstorming Tour

Every year, some of the top seniors in the ACC travel throughout the southeast to face off against local all-star teams and compete in slam dunk and 3-point contests.  Duke’s three seniors, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and Casey Peters, are all part of this year’s squad.  There are still a few more stops left on their tour, so take a look at the schedule and see if they’ll be nearby.  You won’t want to miss this!

2.  Will Duke Add DeAndre Daniels to its Class of 2011?

While Kyrie Irving unfortunately announced last week that he will be entering the 2011 NBA Draft, he also speculated that Duke might be adding one more phenom to its already stellar Class of 2011, DeAndre Daniels.  Only time will tell if Kyrie is right.  Let’s hope he is.

3. Austin Rivers and Quinn Cook Shine in the Nike Hoop Summit

Two future Duke freshman participated in the annual Nike Hoop Summit this past weekend and helped lead the USA squad to victory.  Cook had 12 points and 3 assists, and Rivers finished with a game-high 20 points and was named MVP.  We just can’t say enough on how excited we are for this incoming class.

…And in other news, Bismack Biyombo is a total beast.  Look for him to go high in this year’s NBA Draft.

4. J.J. Redick Likely to Return for NBA Playoffs

Redick has been sidelined since early March with an abdominal strain.  Things are looking up though, and he looks to be back in time for the playoffs.  That’s certainly good news for the Magic, who definitely miss his presence on both the offensive and defensive ends.

5. 2012 Commits Doing Their Best to Sell Duke

Alex Murphy and Rasheed Sulaimon are doing all they can to produce their own version of the Fab Five.  They’ve been working hard to sway Shabazz Muhammad, L.J. Rose, and Tony Parker to join them in Durham in the fall of 2012.  Check out what Muhammad has to say about that in his latest HighSchoolHoop Diary entry.  Also, be sure to take a look at some analysis of a few of these high school stars from the Nike EYBL Session #1.

6. Mark Gottfried Not Afraid of Challenges

Last week, Mark Gottfried was named the new head coach of the N.C. State Wolfpack.  Let’s see if he has better success against his in-state rivals than Kool-Aid Man did.

That’s it for this week’s edition of Deviled Eggs.  Hope you enjoyed them!  Be on the lookout for the latest offseason news here at Crazie Talk!

ACC Rundown: Duke

The 2009-2010 basketball season is slowly drawing closer. Every Tuesday and Thursday this fall, Crazie Talk will preview each of the twelve ACC teams in order of conference standings – from the bottom up.

Finally, the one we’ve all been waiting for: our very own Duke Blue Devils.

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Nolan Smith will be an integral part of the success of this year's team. Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com

2008-2009 Record: 30-7 (11-5 in ACC)

Postseason Record: 3-0 in ACC tournament (Defeated Florida State in ACC Tournament Finals), 2-1 in NCAA tournament (Lost to Villanova in Sweet Sixteen)

Projected Starting Lineup: Jon Scheyer (Sr.), Nolan Smith (Jr.), Kyle Singler (Jr.), Miles Plumlee (So.), Mason Plumlee (Fr.)

Returning:

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Departing:

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Incoming:

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The Good: This is Duke’s biggest team of the decade. Boasting a starting lineup with an average height of 6’7″, Coach K finally has a legitimate froncourt. This will allow Preseason ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-American Kyle Singler to finally move to his natural position on the wing. Zoubek and the brothers Plumlee will rotate at the 5, with Thomas and Kelly filling in as combo forwards. Lance and Ryan are solid ballhandlers; LT showed the ability to drive baseline and finish in the Findlay game, a new skill in his arsenal. Scheyer is a sublime player, possibly one of the most trustworthy leaders Coach K has ever had.  He’s calming, even when flashing the Scheyerface. Nolan Smith’s improvement appears to be substantial, and he should step into his central role with confidence. He’s been in the lab, creating that monster.  His legendary Twitter says so.

The Bad: We’re not going to buy into the “lack of a true point guard” spiel – but we should talk about the relative dearth of ballhandlers. Scheyer has proven to be extremely efficient at the point, averaging nearly a two to one assist to turnover ratio last year. But depth in the backcourt may prove to be an issue.  The early departures of Henderson to the NBA and Williams to Memphis obviously hurt. While Singler can handle himself on the perimeter, only having three scholarship guards in Scheyer, Smith, and Dawkins on the roster may haunt Duke when it counts the most. Coach K noted in a talk with the Crazies that this team’s length is much more pronounced that its quickness, a complete reversal from the guard-heavy teams of the past few years. Can this bigger and longer squad adapt to zone play? Will they be able to contain quick guards for 40 minutes? We’ll have to wait and see.

The Crazie: Many fans have focused on “what could have been” this season. The departures of Gerald Henderson and Elliot Williams sting, and many YouTube aficionados lament the miss on John Wall. But look: we will finally see what Kyle Singler can do in the spotlight. He is the clear star on this team, and if the exhibition games are any indication of his play this year, Kyle will be a statistical monster—points, rebounds, and three point shooting in particular. Expect Singler to have a breakout year, and perhaps put himself in position for a high pick in next year’s (loaded) NBA Draft.

The Bottom Line: This is certainly a talented team. Coach K called it the best group of guys he’s had since the ’04 Final Four squad. (Ah, Daniel Ewing, come back!). But the lack of guards leaves us in a precarious position, and this squad can’t afford injuries or bad stretches of play from the “big three” of Scheyer, Smith, and Singler. The first two games without Nolan will test Andre Dawkins, but hopefully he’ll come into his own à la Elliot Williams as the year progresses.  Coach K will have legitimate scoring threats down low in the Plumlee brothers for the first time since Shelden Williams. If all parts work in concert, and we avoid the injury bug (knock on wood), look for Duke to get beyond the round of 16, and squash the rumors that our program is slipping.

Let’s Go Duke!

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Crazie Talk’s ACC Rundowns:

Georgia Tech | Virginia | NC State | Virginia Tech | Miami (FL) | Maryland
Boston College | Clemson | Florida State | Wake Forest | North Carolina | Duke

Deviled Eggs 9/14/09

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:

1. Coach K inducted to Army Sports Hall of Fame

…and then watches Cutcliffe, Renfree, Wright, and Duke Football defeat his alma mater in West Point. Congrats to Coaches K and Cut!

2. One-on-one with Andre Dawkins

His favorite part about Duke Basketball? The fans. We can’t wait to see the new #20 in action.

3. Kyle Singler named Preseason First Team All-American by FoxSports.com

No surprises there. Kyle’s legend grows each time he steps on the court.

4. Kyrie Irving on Duke

We’re sitting pretty with one of the best PG’s in the nation. He’ll be in Durham the weekend of September 26th for Homecoming, all Crazies unite!

5. Being a Manager for Duke Basketball is a LOT Harder Than You Think

If you think it’s just about great seats in Cameron, you’re dead wrong.

6. Eagles QB and Syracuse alum Donovan McNabb full of praise for GP2(3)

On Greg: “He has the maturity of an older guy, being in tough games [as a Duke basketball player] and knowing how to handle it.”

Check back later this week for extensive coverage of one of the craziest traditions at Duke that took place this past weekend – Graduate Student Campout!

Deviled Eggs 8/31/09

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:

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Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com

1. DeMarcus Nelson to Italy

DeMarcus Nelson, the former Duke guard who previously played with the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls, will head to Europe to play for Air Avellino in the Italian Professional League. In bocca al lupo, DeMarcus!

2. Harrison Barnes Is Incredibly Motivated

Like we didn’t know that already…but it’s still good to know. Get ready, Crazies. The one and only HB will be on campus October 23rd for the season opener against Pfeiffer!

3.  Kyrie Irving: A Surprise Superstar?

Seriously, we can’t get enough of Kyrie. He’ll be on campus September 25th for Homecoming weekend. All in all, a great interview.

4. Jordan Davidson looks to provide a spark

The fifth-year senior and former walk-on redshirted last season, but could prove to be valuable veteran off the bench this year.

5. GP3 named as one of four Syracuse Co-Captains

Can this get any more outrageous? Paulus has now been a co-captain for two Division I teams – in different sports. Congrats, Greg.

6. Nolan, Kyle, and Casey decide to visit the freshmen on East Campus…

This is great. Awesome work, DBP.

Deviled Eggs 7/13/09

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:

Time to take control, Mr. Smith.

Time to take control, Mr. Smith.

1. “More Than a Game”

Nolan’s a beast. He also loves to update his Facebook.

2. Singler: “We might be the biggest team in the country.”

Maybe not, Kyle. But we’re probably close.

3. A Dream Come True

The “Kid From Red Bank” is the real deal. Congrats, Casey.

4. Curry, Team USA devour Spanokopita

Transfer guard Seth Curry scores 9 points in Team USA’s U-19 championship game against the Greeks. For the gold!

5. “Yeah, I hear that all the time.”

2010 Commit Andre Dawkins’ response to being compared to NBA rookie Gerald Henderson. What a stud.

6. Josh Hairston is hungry…

For competition. The 2010 Commit plans to transfer to Montrose Christian.

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Coming soon: An update on Duke players in the North Carolina Pro-Am Summer League at the “Rucker of the South”!