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    Inside Duke Basketball practice notes

    I had the chance, thanks to an awesome brother who hooked me up, to attend the Inside Duke Basketball practice today. I typed up some very scattered thoughts on practice over at my website.

    You can read the article here:

    http://www.scacchoops.com/duke-baske...e-notes-101714

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverside6 View Post
    I had the chance, thanks to an awesome brother who hooked me up, to attend the Inside Duke Basketball practice today. I typed up some very scattered thoughts on practice over at my website.

    You can read the article here:

    http://www.scacchoops.com/duke-baske...e-notes-101714
    Great to read. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on getting into that practice.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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    Thanks very much for the report. Always interesting to hear some first-person observations as we get close to the season.

    Great to read your comments on Okafor, and very interesting discussion with Coach K and Ojeleye
    Last edited by roywhite; 10-17-2014 at 06:16 PM.

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    It's pretty fair to assume from this one practice that Matt and Justise will be starting over Rasheed and Quinn, right? Good, we can put that speculation to rest.

    In all seriousness, I enjoyed that piece. Nothing like actual visual accounts of Duke Basketball to keep the masses entertained between football games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dev11 View Post
    It's pretty fair to assume from this one practice that Matt and Justise will be starting over Rasheed and Quinn, right? Good, we can put that speculation to rest.

    In all seriousness, I enjoyed that piece. Nothing like actual visual accounts of Duke Basketball to keep the masses entertained between football games.
    I think if nothing else, it speaks to the focus on defense.

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    Love the stuff about Amile. K has always put a premium on communication on the defensive end. If Amile can take ownership and bring the rest of the fellas along with him, that'll be absolutely huge for us.
    “Coach said no 3s.” - Zion on The Block

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    Sounds like the coaching staff is really challenging Rasheed. We know he was on the blue team the first day of practice and in this practice he never put on the white jersey despite his hard work and good play, if he's going to start he'll have earned it. That's a good thing, he's got all the necessary talent and perhaps getting pushed like this will help him to put it all together. Or maybe he really will be a supersub and one of the best 6th man in America.

    And that's exactly what I am expecting Amile to be, highly important to the team especially on defense yet not putting up huge numbers.

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    I think Amile and maybe Justise will be our glue guys this year... Someone needs to fill the void left by Thornton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverside6 View Post
    I had the chance, thanks to an awesome brother who hooked me up, to attend the Inside Duke Basketball practice today. I typed up some very scattered thoughts on practice over at my website.

    You can read the article here:

    http://www.scacchoops.com/duke-baske...e-notes-101714
    Really great write up Riverside! Thanks for doing that and for sharing the link to your site with the DBR community. Greatly appreciated! I loved the detailed notes. Gave us a good idea of where the guys are at right now. The only downside is Semi not getting it yet on defense. If that kid ever learns how to use that great size, strength, and athletic ability he is going to be a beast. I hope is patient enough to stick it out all 4 years at Duke, should he not progress enough to crack the rotation this year. Many a player over K's 30+ teams has come on in their Junior and Senior years and became solid contributors as upperclassmen after riding the pine as underclassmen. Marty Clark is the gold standard in that regard in my mind, but many others have followed the same path. Praying Semi is added to that list.

    Excited about the reports on the other guys. Even MP3. Hate he struggles with touch around the basket, but Mason did too early on before becoming really good with righty and lefty jumphooks and the righty sky hook. I agree with you that he has all the tools to be a great player if he can slow down and develop some touch around the hoop. Looking for big things from him before the final chapter is written on his career.

    This can be a really strong team if they end up being a solid to really good defensive team, and like Kedsy opined in the Phase thread, defense at Duke is a team thing. 5 guys working together to get stops. Let's hope K molds them into a strong defensive squad with an identity as strong team defensively. They are going to score in bunches, that much I am convinced of.

    Thanks again. Great stuff.

    Anyone know if they will be having an open practice this season like they did the past few years? I always enjoy going to those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newton_14 View Post
    Anyone know if they will be having an open practice this season like they did the past few years? I always enjoy going to those.
    Yep, open practice is on Nov 1. More here.

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    I also made it to the practice today. Kudos to riverside6 for his astute comments as well as posting is so darn fast! Agree with all his thoughts. This old guy doesn't get with his computer that quickly! Will add some comments.

    After the practice, there was a gathering in Scharf Hall - video about the great work Emily K center is doing. it got some more money out of me, I must say.
    Then Coach talked about his team as well as the USA team experience.
    I asked about how Q and Tyus were doing. There were several times in practice where Q would talk to him about things. Coach said the hardest transition for a point was the speed of the game. Said Tyus was still focusing on getting into the forecourt, close to top of the key. Much harder for him at this level than in high school. Because of this, he is still not seeing the entire front court as well as he did in HS. Making progress, he is, but will continue to improve in this regard. An aspect I had not heard expressed so succinctly and clearly before.
    Coach felt the biggest transition for the bigs was in the physicality of the college game.

    He talked about the USA team. Showed some of the videos that they used to motivate players. Very moving.

    He said the principles the USA team used were:
    1. Don't pace
    2. Share
    3. Pressure on the ball
    4. Rebounding - both on O and D.

    Said he will be trying to get his young team to integrate these principles as much as possible. Sounds like he wants to pressure the other teams in a large way altho did not say he would do full court pressure all the time

    Rasheed practiced intensely altho not hitting much from outside. he did seem to get down on himself more frequently than the others but continued to be aggressive. He appears to be in great physical condition.

    Coach made a point of with only 10 scholarship players, he is not able to substitute in practice. As noted, once they got to the scrimmage, Obi did not enter. Coach felt he could get as much out of 90 minutes with 10 players as in 120 minutes with 13 players. Downside is that he does not see what substituting fresh folks will be like. Said he will have to wait to games for that.

    Coach harped on talking and communicating throughout the practice. One time, MP was communicating loudly but was not saying the right thing which brought a prompt correction. Said they are still looking to define the leader(s) on this team. He seemed confident that this team will have more leadership than last years team.

    Agree with riverside6 re Okafor. Great feet, knocked down some 15 footers. Soft touch. Will be so much fun to watch him grow and mature even more.

    Totally impressed with Winslow. Hit some 3's, strong on D, high energy.
    Coach talked about Grayson has the 3rd largest hands on the team, allowing him to do amazing things the ball while in the air. wears a size 16 shoe. Perhaps will be bigger by next year???
    Semi has a body to die for. Was not hesitant to shoot some 3's and made some of them. As riverside6 mentioned, he got knocked a couple of times for standing straight up.
    MP3 seems to tighten up as he puts his shots up - does not appear relaxed close to rim, especially with Okafor on him. That being said, he will have a year of going up against Okafor daily. That has to be a help in getting better. MP3 talks very well and was very aggressive rebounding.

    Some general thoughts.
    Practice is videotaped. Coach looks at it nightly and then plans the next day. The practice is regimented with segments timed by the clock. There is very little wasted time. If I worked like that, I would be done in half the time albeit extremely tired. Players were clearly fatigued at the end of the practice.
    Capel was most vocal of the 3 assistants, then James. Scheyer was quieter. Coach K did quite a large amount of teaching to make a point. he would also stop things to say where things went right. Too often, players get beat on for errors but not praised as much. Only a couple of times did he raise his voice much - mostly because he felt folks were not competing enough.

    Also, Jay Bilas, Kenny Denard, Matt Doherty, and Vinny Del Negro were there.

    I had simply a superb time. Would highly recommend getting to the open practice on 11/1/2014 ( I will be in Philly) or doing this fundraiser next year.

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    Matt Doherty in the house ???

    My goodness! Haven't heard that name in awhile (not that I missed it). What am I missing? Why on earth would he be at a Duke preseason practice?

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    I understand he works for ESPNU as basketball analyst for SEC and Big12 - thought still does not explain his presence. Did not get a chance to ask him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfk53 View Post
    I understand he works for ESPNU as basketball analyst for SEC and Big12 - thought still does not explain his presence. Did not get a chance to ask him!
    I'm sorry, but Coach Doh is not allowed in Cameron without his escort, Andre Buckner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    I'm sorry, but Coach Doh is not allowed in Cameron without his escort, Andre Buckner.
    When I heard him talk about UNC last year and they way they handled his leaving- he was pretty bitter. Perhaps he has seen the light and is becoming a Duke fan.
    dukelifer

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverside6 View Post
    I had the chance, thanks to an awesome brother who hooked me up, to attend the Inside Duke Basketball practice today. I typed up some very scattered thoughts on practice over at my website.

    You can read the article here:

    http://www.scacchoops.com/duke-baske...e-notes-101714
    My gut tells me that Grayson will find a way to get some playing time this year. He has some Redick cockiness/self confidence in him- which is a good thing.
    dukelifer

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    Thanks for sharing more TFK, I wasn't able to stay after practice and I hate I missed it now that I hear what I missed.

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    Here is Picasa link to pictures from yesterday's practice. Taking pictures from the stands is not ideal and I still need lots of practice. But, it gives some idea of the intensity of practice.


    https://picasaweb.google.com/tommyk5...ctice10172014#

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfk53 View Post
    Here is Picasa link to pictures from yesterday's practice. Taking pictures from the stands is not ideal and I still need lots of practice. But, it gives some idea of the intensity of practice.


    https://picasaweb.google.com/tommyk5...ctice10172014#
    Thanks so much for those. Great pics. What I really liked best was seeing the apparently very fit basketball condition that Jah and Rasheed's bodies appear to be in. Amile too. That didn't happen by lazing around all summer and early fall eating Cheetos. Hard work in the off-season did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfk53 View Post
    Here is Picasa link to pictures from yesterday's practice. Taking pictures from the stands is not ideal and I still need lots of practice. But, it gives some idea of the intensity of practice.


    https://picasaweb.google.com/tommyk5...ctice10172014#
    Great pics.

    Thank you!

    - Chillin

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