DURHAM, N.C. -- Classes are underway again at Duke University as the second summer session began Monday, and with that brought the Blue Devils back to campus including the team’s five new freshmen.
Joey Baker, Tre Jones, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson joined their returning teammates for a brief team meeting on Monday morning. RJ Barrett is in town tomorrow following Team Canada’s final FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifier versus the U.S. Virgin Islands in Ottawa on Monday.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski welcomes nine back from last year’s Elite Eight squad, including veteran front-court players Marques Bolden and Javin DeLaurier, and links them with the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class.
In addition to summer classes, the Blue Devils will undergo rigorous medical and biomechanical testing this week, along with consultations for nutrition and proper recovery, and orientation for the freshmen. The team’s first full workout is set for Wednesday.
Duke will continue its summer workout schedule for the next three weeks, and begin more formal practices in late July in advance of the Duke Canada Tour – a three-game exhibition tour in Toronto and Montreal in mid-August.
Duke Basketball Summer News & Notes
NBA Summer League Action Begins Tonight
With five new Blue Devils having just entered the NBA, NBA Summer Leagues action tips off tonight with live coverage on NBA TV. The Kings and Jazz are each hosting Summer League action July 2-5, with the remainder of the NBA Summer League set for July 6-14 at the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. The schedules for Duke's newest NBA entries Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento), Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago), Grayson Allen (Utah), Gary Trent Jr. (Portland) and Trevon Duval (Houston) are listed below.
July 2 vs. Lakers, 11 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Sacramento)
July 3 vs. Warriors, 11 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Sacramento)
July 5 vs. Heat, 5 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Sacramento)
July 7 vs. Suns, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN (Las Vegas)
July 8 vs. Clippers, 11 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
July 10 vs. Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 (Las Vegas)
July 7 vs. Cavaliers, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 (Las Vegas)
July 8 vs. Lakers, 11:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 (Las Vegas)
July 10 vs. Hawks, 6 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
July 2 vs. Spurs, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3 (Salt Lake City)
July 3 vs. Grizzlies, 9 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Salt Lake City)
July 5 vs. Hawks, 9 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Salt Lake City)
July 7 vs. Trailblazers, 3 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
July 8 vs. Knicks, 9 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
July 10 vs. Heat, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU (Las Vegas)
July 7 vs. Jazz, 2 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
July 8 vs. Hawks, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 (Las Vegas)
July 10 vs. Spurs, 4 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
July 6 vs. Pacers, 3 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
July 8 vs. Warriors, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 (Las Vegas)
July 9 vs. Clippers, 11:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV (Las Vegas)
Besser’s Bike Across America Continues
Senior Brennan Besser is continuing his bike trek across the United States to raise donations and awareness for the intellectual and developmental (IDD) community through Walk On! America.
Besser started his trek in Seattle in May and has covered more than 2,000 miles, having just passed through Milwaukee and his hometown of Chicago. In Milwaukee, former Blue Devil Marshall Plumlee of the Bucks met up with Brennan to support Walk On! America, and he got a special visit from former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka in Chicago.
The final leg of the journey has stops scheduled in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. with the final destination of New York City in late July.
Barrett Helps Canada Advance in FIBA World Cup Qualifier
Incoming freshman R.J. Barrett played a pair of games for Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team as it began action in the World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers. Barrett scored 14 points with six rebounds in 25 minutes during a 97-61 win over Dominican Republic on June 29. He followed that with 13 points, five boards and three assists in 19 minutes of action in a 99-69 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands on July 2.
Canada finished the first round of qualifying with a 5-1 record and advances to the next round, which resumes in September.
Redick Inks One-Year Deal with 76ers
ESPN reported Monday that former Duke guard JJ Redick signed a one-year deal for $12-13 million to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 12-year NBA pro averaged a career-best 17 points and shot 42 percent from three-point range for the 76ers this past season.
Kyrie Hits Big Screen
Former Duke and current Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving stars in the basketball comedy Uncle Drew, that hit theaters on Friday. It stars Irving as the title character from his Pepsi Max advertisements that started in 2012, along with former NBA players Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, and Nate Robinson and former WNBA player Lisa Leslie.