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  1. Kyrie Irving on if Aaron Craft is an NBA player: ‘Oh yeah. I believe so’

    Oct 23, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Matta talks with guard Craft in the second half against the Wichita State Shockers during their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    Believe it or not, Aaron Craft will head into this season as one of the nation’s most polarizing players. He embodies every single one of the clichés that sportswriters love to use — heady, gritty, tough, team-first, winner, etc., etc., etc. — but his individual numbers are far less impressive that the win-loss record of Ohio…

  2. Conference Preview: ACC topped by Tobacco Road triumvirate

    Oct 22, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Rodney Purvis, Lorenzo Brown

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here. For a…

  3. Julius Randle rounds out impressive weekend, shines in Under Armour Elite 24

    Aug 26, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT


    For those who were expecting a defensive battle in the 2012 Under Armour Elite 24 game, you, not surprisingly, didn’t get it. But on the concrete in Venice Beach, Calif., Saturday, there was scoring and lots of it, as 24 of the best high school players in the nation gathered for the seventh annual contest.…

  4. Anthony Davis signs endorsement deal with Nike

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT


    Nike, king of the basketball shoe world with its 95-percent market share, has just inked another top draft pick, signing No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis to a lucrative endorsement deal, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Davis is coming off a stellar freshman season at Kentucky, winning a national title, national player of the year…

  5. Dion Waiters heads the list of the NBA Draft’s risers

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    The rumors started bouncing around just days before the draft, with seemingly everyone asking the same question: would the Cleveland Cavaliers really take Syracuse’s Dion Waiters with the fourth pick? Our questions were answered at quarter to eight, as David Stern announced that Cleveland had, in fact, picked Waiters to join Kyrie Irving in their…

  6. Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins named co-head coach of USA Select national team

    May 21, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT


    Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins will work with the USA Select Team this summer, after being selected to serve as the co-head coach Monday, The Post-Standard is reporting. The Select Team features players who were not chosen for the National Team that will compete in the Olympics, and includes former Duke guard Kyrie Irving, former Butler…

  7. Former Duke guard Kyrie Irving dresses like an old man, schools competition

    May 19, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT


    Kyrie Irving only spent one season at Duke, but, after being drafted first overall in the 2011 NBA draft and winning the Rookie of the Year award, he seems to be a centerpiece of the Cleveland franchise. The next phase in Irving’s career, though, might be as an old man. In a new Pepsi marketing…

  8. Austin Rivers formally announces intention to enter NBA draft

    Mar 26, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT


    Austin Rivers made it official on Monday. He’s leaving to Duke to enter the NBA draft. The news first emerged last week, but the freshman guard discussed it further with his family over the weekend. He’ll hire an agent, precluding any chance of his return. Rivers is expected to be a lottery pick in the…

  9. America, meet Lehigh’s CJ McCollum

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    In recent years, Duke has been known for their back court players, be it Austin Rivers, Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith, JJ Redick, Jay Williams … I could go on. So that’s why the most shocking part of No. 15 Lehigh’s upset win over No. 2 Duke on Friday wasn’t necessarily the fact that the Mountain…

  10. Kyrie who? Now it’s Austin Rivers’ time for Duke

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament - Florida St v Duke

    When the season began there were plenty of  comparisons made (insane ones) between Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers. To be fair, there was a certain amount that warranted a look: they both chose Duke, they both were consensus top-3 recruits, and they both were tremendously talented combo guards. Beyond that? Not so much. Kyrie Irving…

  11. Blogger Spotlight: Duke’s defense, potential and the Devil nobody hates

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT


    Once again, Duke’s doing its thing in college hoops. The Devils are a Top 10 mainstay, feature an offense that can stroke the 3 and a post players who focus on rebounding and ensuring those perimeter shooters get their shots. And in case you missed it, they’re also atop the ACC standings, tied with Florida…

  12. Recruiting rundown: Florida, Indiana snag junior commits

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    5th Annual Adidas Nations

    It wasn’t exactly a secret that dynamic 6-1 point guard Kasey Hill of Montverde (Fla.) was favoring the Florida Gators in his recruitment. The high school junior listed Louisville and Kentucky as schools he was considering, among others, but it was long believed to be only a matter of time before coach Billy Donovan gained…

  13. Jackson longs to be ‘a Penny Hardaway type’ for Memphis

    Jan 2, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT


    Joe Jackson’s not bailing on his hometown team. Even if it would be easier on him. But he’s sticking with Memphis and is determined to make it work. The 6-foot point guard put any rumors of transferring to rest when he told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal that he hadn’t considered transferring, he “just had some personal…

  14. Which prospects impressed at Hoop Group Showcase?

    Dec 18, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT


    WEST ORANGE, N.J.- On Saturday at West Orange High School, Hoop Group hosted the Tip Off Showcase, bringing together programs from across the state of New Jersey for a two-day event. New Jersey has produced NBA-level talent in the past, most recently Kyrie Irving, the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft, by way…

  15. College hoops still waiting on crucial detail from NBA lockout

    Nov 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT


    The NBA’s millionaires and billionaires finally agreed to start making money again. It probably won’t officially happen until Christmas Day, which leaves college basketball as the only hoops attention for the next month. (Small cheer.) I can hear it now? “And? What’s this mean for me, Mike? Can you leave me alone while I watch…

  16. It’s far too early to rule on Duke’s Austin Rivers

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT


    There’s one thing that needs to be made clear: Duke’s Austin Rivers is a very skilled basketball player. You don’t become the number one-ranked player in the nation, get named a McDonald’s All-American, and become the ACC’s Freshman of the Week in your first seven days on the job if you’re not skilled. And following…

  17. It’s official: Duke’s now go, go go!

    Nov 14, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    Duke didn’t waste any time embracing its faster offense. The Devils ran right by Princeton in their 2010-11 opener, 97-60, but it wasn’t exactly what coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted. At first. “We had too much energy on the offensive end in the first half. We just wanted it so badly that I think we screwed…

  18. Cross off chemistry issues as a Duke pitfall

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:50 AM EDT

    If you’re still not sold on Duke this season, here’s another reason to slot the Devils as the team to beat in 2011: Chemistry won’t be an issue between backcourt mates Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving. That’s not a small thing, either. Smith’s a junior senior who was instrumental in Duke’s title run, yet the…

  19. Irving passes first (easy) test for Duke

    Oct 24, 2010, 10:04 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving’s skills are no secret. Scouts rave about the freshman point guard’s skills. Coach K’s already handed him the reins to the offense. His new teammates at Duke feel the same way. Jim R. Bounds/AP “[Coach] isn’t saying anything about Kyrie that we don’t know,” senior Kyle Singler told the Raleigh News & Observer.…

  20. Seniors rule our preseason All-America team

    Oct 21, 2010, 7:31 AM EDT

    Who says everyone jumps early to the NBA? Our 2010-11 college basketball preseason All-America team is filled with upperclassmen. Among the five teams (25 spots), there are 10 seniors – four of whom are on the first team – and eight juniors. What can I say? I’m a believer in experienced players. Who on it?…

  21. Way too long until Barnes, Irving get on court

    Aug 8, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving will enter the season as two of the most-talented and most-hyped freshmen in the country. That they’ll play for North Carolina and Duke will only add to the coverage. So if you’re the Raleigh News & Observer and you’re doing a series of stories on the incoming recruits at UNC,…

  22. Irving's on his way to being a household name

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    You’re going to be sick of hearing about Kyrie Irving next season. Duke’s incoming point guard got the AP feature treatment a few days ago, which usually takes until midseason for most players. (That’s when casual sports fans start paying attention to college hoops; the rest of us can’t get enough.) In other words, he’s…

  23. Duke's dream backcourt? Irving and Rivers

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a thought to delight Duke fans: Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers in the same backcourt. Irving, an incoming freshman, may be perhaps the most talented Devils guard since Jason Williams. He’s expected to step into Jon Scheyer’s starting spot and play alongside Nolan Smith, Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry next season. And if he…