DURHAM—Not much to complain about today for Duke. Here’s a link to the game story, which details the true return of Andre Dawkins. And here’s a link to the big recruiting news of the day. A few more thoughts:
***Coaches or players can’t comment on committed recruits until all the paperwork is in hand. But speaking generally, Mike Krzyzewski said, “Three years of work. Good day."
***By the 12:59 mark of the second half, all 10 scholarship players had made an appearance in the game. Semi Ojeleye played three first-half minutes, as did Marshall Plumlee (but then he struggled to corral rebounds in his second half stint). Alex Murphy made his first appearance in the final half, and Matt Jones was the last one off the bench. Krzyzewski made a conscious effort to sub guys in so they could get meaningful minutes.
"Overall, I thought we benefited from doing that," he said. "We have to keep looking at doing that."
As far as the competition on this team, Andre Dawkins said, “The difference between playing minutes and not playing minutes is very small on this team. It’s just a matter of getting in the gym and getting better and then showing in practice that you deserve to be on the court.”
***While his injury made his return more difficult, Dawkins cited the speed of the game as the hardest adjustment as he rejoined the team.
"You can’t simulate how fast everything goes and how you have to react to things. It took me a little while to get used to the speed of the game, but at this point I feel like I’m in the swing of things."
*** Reggie Love, Sean Dockery and Chris Duhon were introduced on the Jumbotron as former Blue Devils in attendance.