Reddish has not been forgotten despite his teammates’ epic performances in Canada, a trip in which Reddish’s groin injury held him out. He is expected to be ready for the start of the season but there’s not been any report that he has joined practice other than that he wouldn’t at the start, though this isn’t the NFL where they give injury reports every 2 days. At least he appears better in this video. Bleed blue. Team picture was Monday!
I crash your first week of college football for some college basketball news: Duke starts limited practices this week! They took a break after last month’s trip to Canada and the Devils are back in action on Labor Day. The NCAA allows four hours of practice per week at this time of year (as Coach K has emphasized before, practice limits suck).
Over at SI, Emily Caron has a solid piece up on Duke’s freshman PG Tre Jones Duke fans will want to read. https://t.co/eHDxpkja00
The bad news? Cam Reddish will not. Just saying, I’m not picking him over Zion or Zion over him: I haven’t been able to actually evaluate him. But this video highlights him well. His sore groin is still hindering him, and missing practice time, especially when we are allowed so little (NCAA, you need to address this), is irritating. Cam is really, really good, as DBR reminds us: some have focused so much on RJ and Zion after they brought the house down in Canada that they’ve practically forgotten the guy. He’s an incredibly talented player and people will almost certainly remember him when he starts playing. Alex O’Connell will also miss time and will not be able to get started on Monday. Alex suffered an orbital bone fracture against Ryerson and had a successful surgery to repair it. Alex has grown a lot (both physically and figuratively) in his game and will be an asset that we need as the season approaches.
Duke Blue Planet is back and has debuted this year with an all-access look at the Duke Canada tour from the perspective of the players. The stuff they did is really awesome. I wish I could’ve ended my summer vacation like that (though I wish I could do a lot of the stuff that they do, in all honesty). But take a look at the video. It’s pretty long at seventeen minutes but it’s worth the time if you have it and if not, skip through. It’s got stuff from everybody, from the players to the Blue Devil to even Coach K himself.
Bleed blue. Hope everyone’s enjoying back to school, both parents and kids (parents a little bit more than the kids, probably).
In their second and last game in Toronto, Duke took a great game from guys across the board and put it into a 96-60 rout of the University of Toronto. Unfortunately, I only got to see the first half of what looks like was a really, really good game overall. Yet again, the freshmen Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were scary, scoring 35 and 24 points respectively, but the best part was the competitiveness and drive that the entire team showed together. They played determined on defense, despite a few mistakes, which is natural for a young, growing team. Guys like Javin DeLaurier, Marques Bolden, Antonio Vrankovic, J-Rob, Jack White, and rookie Joey Baker (JB) had great games. Also, Brennan Besser, who hasn’t played much in his three years at Duke, came in later in the game and played with huge intensity. He’s always been a team guy and we’re proud of him for that. He deserves the minutes he got in this game and he put them to use. Great for him.
Error: Score was previously listed as 90-66. Actual score was 96-60
R.J. Barrett Scary at Home
Shoutout to all of our Bull City residents: Let’s make R.J. Barrett feel as at home in Durham as he does in Missassagua. At home, he’s had back-to-back 30+ point games, He started the series with a monster dunk and simply never looked back. During this game, Barrett had 35 points and 9 rebounds, plus a few smart assists. He’s going to be fun to watch come the regular season.
People across the sports world have come to a consensus: Zion Williamson is even better than we imagined. He’s an elite scorer, but there’s way more to his game than dunks (as electrifying as they may be; see above). He’s a smart passer, his athleticism makes him a remarkably good rebounder, and his basketball IQ is very, very high.