No, not the Hobbs and Shaw commercial: RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson will face off for the first time on a (kind of) NBA court tonight at 9:30 ET in the Las Vegas Summer League. The league is the final and largest of the NBA offseason, usually showcasing the draft crop plus some of the previous year.
While Cam Reddish, now the Hawks’ newest young star, will sit rehabbing an injury, both Zion Williamson of the Pelicans and RJ Barrett of the Knicks will play. Not only will they play, they face off against each other tonight for the first time.
Bleed blue. It’ll be fun to watch their relationship turn just a little bit competitive.
Highly-touted 2020 prospect Jalen Johnson announced Thursday his intention to come to Durham for his freshman year. 247 Sports lists Johnson as fourth overall in the class and first at his position. More to come. Bleed blue.
The Warriors’ dynasty seems to be ending, and after one championship with the franchise, Quinn Cook will depart from Golden State. Struggling with cap space, the amount of money they can spend on players, the Warriors were forced to let both Cook and veteran fan-favorite Andre Iguodala go this summer. Quinn was a restricted free agent, meaning he would return with a qualifying offer, but the Warriors’ front office rescinded their offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. After his success, however, with the league’s best team, he shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a new home. The Warriors will be sad to see him go; he wasn’t specifically the Dubs’ star player but his grit and hard work made him a coaches’ and players’ favorite. This isn’t surprising to Duke fans, who all saw Quinn’s heart in the 2015 championship run he led as well as his previous three seasons in Durham. Bleed blue.
We got a first taste of what the newest of of the 2019-2020 Blue Devils will look like with the First Day of Classes post from the renowned Duke MBB Instagram Account, whose Twitter account is by far the most popular in the NCAA.
Left to right: Vernon Carey, Cassius Stanley, Matthew Hurt, Michael Savarino, Wendell Moore, and Keenan Worthington. We’ve got a new-look team (miss y’all, 2017-18 team) and we’re excited to see what they bring to The Brotherhood. Bleed blue.
Cam Reddish is the tenth pick in the 2019 Draft to the Atlanta Hawks, joining a young core that tanked specifically to come back next year stronger based on this draft. They had a good haul in this draft, with other players like De’Andre Hunter and with a talented point guard in Trae Young, they have the pieces to make waves in the East. Cam Reddish is versatile and very physically and athletically gifted; if he puts it together he can be one of the best players in this draft. His shooting stroke is magnificent. We wish him all the best as he heads into the league.
Well, he won’t be going far from the draft in Brooklyn: RJ Barrett, after seeing roommate and teammate Zion Williamson go #1, is officially the third pick of the 2019 NBA Draft to the New York Knicks. The pick was expected, but like his best friend, the interview following the pick was emotional for both RJ and his dad. This is what these players have worked for their entire lives and the draft culminates that, so the emotion is understandable especially as the realization comes that this is real. New York is a tough place for a young player but if there’s somebody who can take it, it’s RJ. He is the star they badly need with a depleted roster after years of tanking. Congratulations and thank you to RJ from your Blue Devil family.
Zion Williamson is officially the #1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft to the New Orleans Pelicans and will be the face of the franchise in the Big Easy. While the pick wasn’t hard to figure out, the emotion that came in the interview following it shows what we all love so much about Zion. When Maria Taylor (ESPN) asked Zion what his mother meant to him on his journey to the highest level of basketball, he broke down. Believe me, I cried too. Zion is everything we love about his game. We’re going to miss him in Durham but he’ll always be a member of the Brotherhood. From the Bull City to the Big Easy, y’all are getting a very, very special player and young man. Bleed blue.