DUKE CANADA TOUR
THE OPENING TIP
- The Duke Blue Devils are headed north of the border for the Duke Canada Tour, the program’s fifth foreign tour under 39th-year head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
- Duke is set to play three Canadian universities over its seven days in Canada, with all three games airing live on ESPN+ and on TSN and RDS in Canada.
- The Blue Devils’ last foreign tour was a 2011 summer trip to China and the United Arab Emirates. Duke has also played foreign tours in London, Greece, Spain and France in the Coach K era.
- Duke welcomes the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class this season, headlined by the No. 1 prospect, Canadian-born RJ Barrett. The class also includes No. 2-ranked Zion Williamson, No. 3 Cam Reddish and No. 10 Tre Jones. The fifth freshman, Joey Baker, was a 2019 Duke commit that reclassified to the 2018 class.
- The Blue Devils are coming off a 29-8 season in 2017-18 and an Elite Eight appearance -- the program’s 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and its 21st all-time Elite Eight.
- Duke’s final AP Top 25 rank of No. 9 marked the 37th time the program finished a season ranked in the top 10.
- The Blue Devils’ 114th season of basketball officially begins Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis.
- Duke and Arizona enter 2018-19 as the only Power 5 programs looking to replace their five starters from last season.
CANADA TOUR DETAILS
- Duke will play three Canadian universities on its 2018 Canada Tour, with two games scheduled in Toronto and one in Montreal.
- Each of the three games will played under FIBA rules, with FIBA officials. (See page 2 for FIBA rules differences).
- Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Toronto is the site for both games on August 15 and 17. It opened in 1998 and configured to seat 5,200 for basketball. It is the home of the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League and to the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League.
- Place Bell in Montreal opened in 2017 and will host the August 19 game. It seats 10,000. The arena is the home to the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League.
- Duke will be the home team and wear its white jersey for each of the three games.
- Both the United States and Canadian national anthems will be played prior to tipoff.
ABOUT THE RYERSON RAMS
- Head Coach: Roy Rana (9th season)
- Back-to-back national runner-up in Canadian college basketball (U-Sports)
- 17-6 record this past season – averaged 81.6 points per gamE
- Ryerson has played Wisconsin, Syracuse, Stanford, Baylor, Wake Forest, Dayton and Harvard in the past seven years
- Head coach Roy Rana coached the World Selects to a Nike Hoops Summit title this past April – that team included Duke’s RJ Barrett
ABOUT THE MCGILL REDMEN
- Head Coach: David DeAveiro (9th season)
- Reached the Canadian college basketball semifinals, falling to eventual national champion Calgary
- Went 26-12 last season and won their fifth conference title in six years
- McGill University is the alma mater of James Naismith
- McGill has played Virginia, Alabama, Kansas, Syracuse, Indiana, Valparaiso, Harvard, SMU and Wichita State in recent years
- Head coach David DeAveiro coached Barrett on the national cadet team
ABOUT THE TORONTO VARSITY BLUES
- Head Coach: John Campbell (6th season)
- Went 13-11 last season
- Toronto has played Wake Forest, UNLV and Binghamton in recent years
- Head coach John Campbell has served as a Team Canada assistant coach for the last three years
- Freshman forward RJ Barrett, the ESPN No. 1-ranked player in this year’s freshman class, will wear the Duke jersey for the first time in his home country of Canada.
- Barrett, who was raised in Mississauga, Ontario -- a suburb of Toronto -- attended Montverde Academy in Florida before signing with the Blue Devils.
- The young face of Canadian basketball, Barrett was added to the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team Training Camp roster for a pair of qualifying games in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers in July.
- He averaged 21.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game as Canada won a gold medal at the FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup.
- He had 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in Canada’s 99-87 semifinal win over the United States at the FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup.
- His father, Rowan, played basketball for St. John’s and professionally overseas from 1997 to 2008. Rowan is the Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Canada Basketball.
- Barrett’s Godfather is former NBA star Steve Nash.
DUKE BASKETBALL A GLOBAL BRAND
- The Duke Canada Tour represents the fifth foreign tour for the Blue Devils under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
- Duke has previously visited China, United Arab Emirates, France, London, Spain and Greece.
- The Blue Devils were scheduled for a tour of the Dominican Republic last summer, but the trip was canceled when Coach K underwent knee surgery.
- Current NCAA rules allow its teams no more than one foreign trip every four years.
- Of the many benefits of a foreign trip are the 10 extra practices allotted to each team in advance of the trip.