Duke’s Bates Jones and Davidson’s Foster Loyer cross paths in the transfer portal

PHOTO: Michigan State's Foster Loyer has been impressive during Davidson's off-season workout, says Bates Jones. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM -- Bates Jones left Davidson to play his graduate year at Duke, departing the Atlantic 10 campus just as Michigan State’s Foster Loyer arrived to renew his career at the mid-major school rich in college basketball tradition. Welcome to college basketball in the era of the transfer portal. It’s hard to keep track of…

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Coach K bans the “L” word from Duke basketball

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Mike Krzyzewski at Tuesday's media day for his final season. Visit my website home page, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM – The “L” word is part of college basketball. Everybody loses games, even Duke in each of its five NCAA championship seasons. There hasn’t been an undefeated college basketball national champion since Indiana (32-0), 1976. But the “L” word is most definitely banned from Duke basketball this year. The "L" word as in "last." It…

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Krzyzewski is 74 and coaching like he’s 31 at West Point

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke basketball players often say they came to Durham to play for the best coach in America. Mike Krzyzewski sometimes makes it look easy, rotating one McDonald’s All-American player into the lineup after another on their way to the NBA. The only difference between now, with Vernon Carey and Cassius Stanley’s one-and-done NBA draft picks on 2020, and his Duke teams of the early 1990s was Christian Laettner, Bobby Burley and Grant Hill stayed four…

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