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Duke continues its tradition of getting signees into the McDonald’s All-American Game with the selections of Wendell Moore and Vernon Carey to this year’s squad, it was announced Thursday. Fellow Duke signee, Boogie Ellis, was not named to the team despite putting up record-setting numbers for his high school team this year. Both Carey and Moore will play for the East roster.
JONES NOW DAY-TO-DAY
Now, after missing 10 days since he suffered a separated shoulder against Syracuse on Jan. 14, Tre Jones has progressed in his rehabilitation to be categorized as day to day moreso than long term as to when he’ll be back on the court. Each update the coaching staff has given has been more optimistic than the last, and associate head coach Jon Scheyer made it seem like Jones is improving quickly in the most recent Duke Basketball Podcast. “Tre’s doing great, he’s improving every game. He’s more day to day than long term. But he’s been attacking his rehab, he’s starting to do more on the court and obviously we want to get him back as soon as possible.”
DUKE ADAPTS WELL
Two wins, one over previously undefeated Virginia at home and one on the road over former Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel’s Pittsburgh team, show that this Blue Devils team has the ability to overcome adversity when they have a few days to deal with it. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski masterfully directed his team’s offense to run a “weave” against Virginia’s defense that provided just enough driving lanes for Barrett and Jones to get into the lane and score with ease. Krzyzewski has put the ball in the hands of his two stars, RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson, and let them go to work. It’s part of the mastery of the college basketball coach with the most wins to his name to adapt his system to the players he has at his disposal. Krzyzewski said after Jones was hurt that he didn’t want to change the way his team played too much, because Jones will be back soon. That’s got to be good news for all Duke fans.
Duke hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday at noon in a potential return game for Jones. It goes back on the road on Monday to take on another former Krzyzewski assistant in Mike Brey’s Notre Dame squad. Krzyzewski has had more trouble against Brey than any of his former assistants, but this year’s Fighting Irish team is nowhere near the level of his past teams.
WILLIAMSON MAKING CASE FOR WOODEN AWARD
And his teammate, RJ Barrett, is probably his biggest competition. Both Williamson and Barrett are averaging over 25 points per game, making Duke the only major conference team with two players each averaging 20 points per game.
JONES MAKING WAVES AT SENIOR BOWL
The former Duke signal caller is the programs’ lone representative at the coveted Reese’s Senior Bowl this week, putting a face on David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils’ squad to NFL scouts, general managers and the broader football world. Jones, who boasts a remarkable story of progressing from a two-star, little-known quarterback from Charlotte to a grayshirt at Duke, is on the verge of becoming the first quarterback to play at Duke to be a first-round NFL draft pick. It will provide even more legitimacy to Cutcliffe’s reputation as a quarterback guru, if Jones can succeed at the next level. Cutcliffe has already tutored Peyton Manning at Tennessee and Eli Manning at Ole Miss.
Adam Rowe covers Duke basketball, football and recruiting for 247Sports.com. Check out more of his work at duke.247sports.com.