Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020
12
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
News Every Day |

Assistant Chris Carrawell On Duke’s Development So Far

NCAA Basketball: Stetson at Duke
Dec 1, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Tre Jones (3) jokes with assistant coach Chris Carrawell (left) during the second half against the Stetson Hatters at Cameron Indoor Stadium. | Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Lots of optimism as you’d expect from C-well

Duke assistant coach Chris Carrawell addressed the media Tuesday morning eight days away from the opening game of the 2020-’21 season.

Carrawell addressed a number of topics. But let’s get one out of the way at the onset. The health of the team is good. Sophomore forward Matt Hurt (knee) and freshman forward Henry Coleman (ankle) have missed some time recently with injuries. But Carrawell says both could play today if they were needed.

“Matt is doing well. He worked out yesterday. He looks good.”

“Henry twisted his ankle a little bit. Just making sure they’re 100 percent healthy.”

Deep sigh of relief.

It’s a young Duke team, of course. That seems to be the new normal these days. Duke has 11 recruited players, six freshmen, four returnees and an interesting hybrid, a category new to the program; more on that later.

“We’re young, really young,” Carrawell says. “You have to teach more. As coaches we’ve done a really good job, all of us, of not rushing the process. . . . You have to take your time when you’re explaining, you might have to do it over and over again, be patient with these guys. . . . We’ve had a great group. These guys come every day with great attitudes, they come to work.”

Young teams are about learning and growing and getting better and Carrawell says that is what’s happening. Duke has had two scrimmages and the former Duke standout says the improvement between the two scrimmages was noticeable.

“The first scrimmage was just okay. It was the first time in Cameron. Some of the guys were nervous, even though the Cameron Crazies were not in there. But in our second scrimmage you saw a team that, if we’re running, we’re really athletic. We can play with such a fast pace, we can pressure the ball, we have two guys in [Jordan] Goldwire and [Jeremy] Roach, that when they’re guarding the ball, it’s tough. . . . and then you have our wings, Wendell [Moore] and D.J. [Steward] that if you catch the ball on the wing, they make it really tough on the defensive end.”

Areas of concern?

“We’re still learning to play with each other. When a guy drives, playing off penetration, making the extra pass, trying not to over-dribble too much. I think if there’s one thing we’re going to continue to work on as a staff and our players need to work on is just moving the ball. . . . If we can develop that, with the team that we have, then I think we’re going to take off. But it will take some time because they’re learning each other. So, you can’t be mad at them because they’re learning. That’s why the first scrimmage was okay, the next was better. The more and more these guys get to play with each other, the better they’ll be.”

Several players came in for special praise, especially Moore and freshman Jalen Johnson. Carrawell sounded a familiar theme regarding Johnson, praising his versatility and passing, while noting that Johnson is still shaking off the rust from missing most of last season.

Moore has matured and taken a big step as a leader.

Carrawell says Moore “worked on his game all summer. You come back and you’re older, you’re more confident. . . . That’s going to help us. He can shoot. But you wouldn’t know it because he wouldn’t shoot. But now we encourage him to shoot it.”

Carrawell says that “this is not a quiet group,” singling out Moore, Coleman, even “jokester” Mark Williams.

Patrick Tapé is Mike Krzyzewski’s first grad-student transfer. He’s a 22-year-old Ivy-League graduate. But Carrawell says Duke is treating him as more of a freshman than a veteran.

“It’s a different level and he had to get adjusted. The competition is just different. He’s had to practice against really good players every day. . . . The last couple of weeks he’s been our most consistent big guy. Every day you know what you’re going to get out of Patrick. His intensity on the defensive end, he’s our best big in terms of ball-screen coverage and this guy can rebound with the best of them. . . and he’s an under-rated passer.”

Carrawell discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it’s “always in the back of your mind.” Duke is concentrating on controlling the things it can control, hoping that everyone else is doing the same and taking it one day at a time.

The goal is to make it to March Madness.

Not make the tournament. That’s always a goal. No, just hope there’s an NCAA Tournament waiting at the other end.

“If we can just get to that day . . . for college basketball, it will be huge. . . . I know there will be some cancellations. So, it’s a lot we’re going to have to work through. If we can do it together, then the most important thing is that everybody is healthy and safe.”




Read also

Drake Is Releasing A Line Of "Drake-Scented" Candles

The Coronavirus Can Invade Your Brain Via Nose

Russiagate reversal: AG Barr appoints John Durham as special counsel investigating FBI & Mueller probe



News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro




Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here