Coach K welcomes mature class to camp with eyes on the youthful future
Posted May 31
Durham, N.C. — Mike Krzyzewski is busy this week with his annual fantasy camp. A chance to work with, well, more mature basketball players. But he's looking ahead to a much more youthful group that will gather as his new team later this summer.
"It's interesting to put it together if you have talent," Krzyzewski said. "We have talent. It's just a lot of it is young."
Very young talent. The 2017-18 Blue Devils will only have one senior and one junior on the roster. The rest of the scholarship players are freshman and sophomores. And that's part of the reason why Coach K decided to plan a trip this summer to the Dominican Republic.
"We'll have an opportunity to play against their national team and probably do closed scrimmages a couple of times," Krzyzewski said.
Even more important than that, the practices the team can have before they leave. The NCAA allows teams to make trips like this once every four years, and they can practice up to 10 times to prepare.
"Give our freshman an opportunity and know what it is to play against good competition," Krzyzewski said. "It's more of a realistic look at who you are in August."
Duke will leave for the Dominican Republic in August. This is the program's first international trip since 2011 when future national champ Quinn Cook was a freshman.