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Duke Basketball Report: Lacrosse Falls To Virginia In The Final Four
We'll have more later, but Duke fell to Virginia in the NCAA lacrosse Final Four 13-12 in double overtime.
Congratulations to Virginia as its big athletic year continues with a shot at a lax title to match the one the 'Hoos won in basketball.
ACC! We're pulling for UVA in the finals.
Fansided: Duke Lacrosse: Blue Devils season ends in heartbreaking fashion in 2OT
The Duke Blue Devils have not made it easy this postseason and that continued on Saturday afternoon in the Men's Lacrosse Final Four.
A two-goal loss to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament, followed by two one-goal victories in the NCAA Tournament over Richmond and those same Fighting Irish in overtime.
A theme in those two victories in the NCAA, Duke held a sizable lead and could not create anymore separation and put its opponent away.
The same thing happened on Saturday in Philadelphia and it cost Duke its season and a chance at a fourth National Championship.
Duke Basketball Report: State's Markell Johnson Pulls Out Of The NBA Draft
Good news for NC State as point guard guard Markell Johnson has decided to pull out of the NBA draft.
He's a solid guard at a minimum and having a senior point guard is an advantage that lots of teams don't have.
It's hard to believe in retrospect that he was signed as insurance/backup for Dennis Smith because he's done a lot more for State than Smith ever did.
Fansided: Duke Baseball: Blue Devils exit ACC Tournament, now await NCAA fate
The Duke Blue Devils have had the chance many times to cement itself as an NCAA Tournament team but have yet to cash in and now the Blue Devils will have to impatiently wait for Selection Monday.
After a win in its opening game in the ACC Tournament over Notre Dame, Duke had a date next with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets also took care of the Irish in its first game in Durham, making the showdown with Duke a winner take all game in Pool B for the right to go to the semifinals.
GoDuke.com: Seven Blue Devils Make WNBA Rosters
DURHAM, N.C.-- As the 23rd season of the WNBA arrives Friday, May 24 in Atlanta, shades of Duke blue remain heavily sprinkled in the league. Seven Blue Devil alumnae cemented a roster spot across four different WNBA teams after final cuts: Alana Beard (L.A. Sparks), Lexie Brown (Minnesota Lynx), Karima Christmas-Kelly (Minnesota Lynx), Chelsea Gray (L.A. Sparks), Haley Peters (Atlanta Dream), Jasmine Thomas (Connecticut Sun), and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).
The seven WNBA players to make a roster from Duke ranks third among the nation. Only Connecticut (18) and Notre Dame (9) have more alumnae currently in the league.
Fansided: Duke Basketball: Quinn Cook with a chance at a third title in five years
Unless you play for the Golden State Warriors or LeBron James, this is nearly an impossible feat, but Quinn Cook will have a chance for his third championship in the last five years next week in the NBA Finals.
Cook and the Duke Blue Devils won the National Championship in 2015 and after going undrafted in 2015 and spending two years in the NBA G-League and then getting very little minutes with the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans, Cook has found a home with the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors won the NBA Championship in Cook's inaugural season with the team last season as well as in 2015 and 2017, while falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
Fansided: Duke Basketball: Marvin Bagley III makes NBA First Team All-Rookie
Sacramento Kings star rookie forward, Marvin Bagley III, has been selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft joins the lone player picked before him and the three picked after him on the All-Rookie Team.
Marvin Bagley III played in 64 games in his rookie season for the Kings, starting just four, but he averaged 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game, while shooting 50.4% from the field and 31.3% from 3-point range.
Bagley received 56 first place points and 44 second place points, for a total of 156, which was fifth among those selected to the First Team.
Duke Basketball Report: How Would Cam Reddish Look In A Bulls Jersey?
Chicago really needs a point guard and if they had done better in the draft lottery might have pursued Ja Morant. That's out though, so will they settle for an average point guard? Or will they try for someone else and come back for a PG later?
If so, one good candidate may be Cam Reddish. Not only is he underrated offensively, but he can certainly handle point guard at least on a backup basis. Why not? He could be a great answer for the Bulls.
Official Site of the Blue Devils: Duke's #CH4SE Continues Against Virginia
Game 18 | NCAA Semifinal
No. 5 Duke (13-4) vs. No. 4 Virginia (15-3)
May 25, 2019 | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
SETTING THE SCENEDuke is the No. 2 overall seed and advanced to its 12th NCAA semifinal with a 14-13 overtime win over Notre Dame in the quarterfinal. The Cavaliers, the No. 3 seed, edged Maryland in overtime 13-12 to return to the semifinals for the first time since 2011.
Duke last was the two seed in 2005.
Duke Basketball Report: Latest Mock Draft Shows Some Movement
The mock drafts continue as the NBA Draft approaches and while nothing has changed in the top three, USA Today sees things shaking out differently than some of the earlier mock drafts we've seen.
The top three here are still Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett, so let's start after that.
#4 sees Virginia's De'Andre Hunter going to the LA Clippers, UNC's Coby White going to Chicago at #7, Cam Reddish to Hotlanta at #8, Tar Heel Nassir Little to Minnesota and bone chilling cold at #11, Hokie Nickeil Alexander-Walker to Indiana at #18, Cam Johnson to Boston at #22 and Ty Jerome to the Spurs at #29.
Duke Report: Duke's Incoming Freshmen Class Pick Their Numbers
The incoming freshmen class has officially picked the numbers they will wear during their Duke careers:
The next wave. #HereComesDuke pic.twitter.com/d4dYqincSo
-- Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) May 23, 2019
Some of the notable players to wear each jersey number:
Those are some awful big shoes to fill but these freshmen should be up to the task.
Fansided: Duke Basketball: Incoming freshman makes sacrilegious choice
Two years ago, some Duke basketball fans -- mostly those who yell at kids for stepping on their lawn -- expressed outrage when Marvin Bagley III asked to wear No. 35 as a Blue Devil.
But the disapproval over the decision to allow the eventual one-and-done stud to do so was understandable. After all, the number has hung from Cameron Indoor Stadium's rafters for three decades due to Danny Ferry's 2,155 points, 1,003 rebounds, and three final-four appearances.
Now, no offense to Ferry -- he became my first sports hero when I was six years old -- but Zion Williamson, who is now my all-time sports hero and whose jersey number does not adorn the airspace above Coach K Court but should, would have eaten the fellow power forward's lunch had they played in the same era.
Duke Basketball Report: A Look At Tre Jones As An NBA Point Guard
Of course Tre Jones decided to pass on this year's draft, but this site looks at him as a possible fit for the Chicago Bulls in next year's draft.
The analysis falls back on the same basic thing: that he needs to improve his shooting.
Well yes he does. However, he's a brilliant defender and runs his team well. Everyone has weaknesses.
We don't think it's something that insurmountable and even if it is, lots of guys can shoot. We saw him do some incredible stuff on defense this year. It was like watching special forces if special forces was in basketball.
Fansided: Duke Basketball: Coach K may soon land his most underrated recruit
Charles Coleman does not bear a close resemblance to any past Duke basketball player. At first glance, he actually looks a lot like a guy who bypassed college and became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft: Dwight Howard.
And Coleman, a 2019 center who decommitted from Wake Forest on May 13 and picked up an offer from the Duke coaching staff two days later, absolutely brings to mind the type of big man who has given the Blue Devils fits in the past.
His limbs are so long he could literally be a backseat driver.
Duke Basketball Report: Syracuse's Brissett Makes His NBA Decision
We don't typically do a ton of Syracuse stuff but we picked Tyler Ennis for YouTube Gold and then saw two other stories.
It's his life obviously but his chances in the NBA aren't that good. We can't recall seeing anyone list him as a first rounder and honestly don't think we've seen him as a second rounder.
That said, he could play overseas and still make a very nice income, possibly as much as he makes at Syracuse.
We keed! We keed!
He'll never touch that again.
Jokes aside, another year in college would have helped but if he's ready to get out in the world that's exactly what he should do.