Duke Basketball 2010 Offseason Recap: The Best of B/R

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Duke Basketball 2010 Offseason Recap: The Best of B/R
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After winning its fourth national championship in school history, Duke men's basketball experienced an eventful offseason.

To recap all that went on since Duke won the national title in April, in case you missed much of what happened or need a reminder, I present the best of the premier college basketball community on B/R during Duke's offseason.

But first let's quickly familiarize ourselves with the 2010-11 team (Oct. 24) and find out what Coach K expects of this team (Oct. 20).

 

Duke Basketball Offseason Recap—The Best of B/R

 

Can the Blue Devils repeat?

Within days of winning the national championship, talk of a repeat surfaced.

Featured columnist Mike Kline labeled the repeat possible but not a certainty (April 6).

He felt the key to a repeat was replacing the production from losses of seniors Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek with the incoming freshmen class and transfer Seth Curry.

Fellow featured columnist Tyler Lambert provided us five keys to a Duke repeat (July 22).

Constantine Madias provided four keys to a Duke repeat (Nov. 2), while Sam Tastad previews Duke's attempt to repeat (Nov. 3).

In November, Kline gave 10 reasons why Duke won't repeat (Nov. 2) as national champions though he wasn't necessarily ruling out that Duke doesn't repeat.

 

Enter Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 point guard in the 2010 class, is Duke's likeliest one-and-done prospect in a long time. Though the program has suffered some questionable freshmen leaps, no sensible Duke fan would question Irving if he entered the NBA after this season.

Regardless of how long Irving stays, Tyler Lambert still dubbed Irving the new face of Duke basketball (June 7).

 

Welcome Seth Curry

After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, former Liberty guard Seth Curry joins the Duke Blue Devils.

Curry, a sophomore, led the nation in scoring as a freshman with over 20 points per game.

Featured columnist Justin McTeer interviewed Curry about joining the Duke basketball program and about his outlook on the upcoming season.

McTeer concluded that it wouldn't be a surprise if Curry makes his mark (Aug. 9) quite early in his Duke career.

For more on both Irving and Curry, check out Tyler Lambert's feature on how the duo plans to improve the Duke backcourt (Oct. 7).

 

Singler Returns

Junior Kyle Singler was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after Duke won the national championship in April.

By the end of the month, he renewed his commitment to Duke basketball by announcing that he would return to school for his senior season (April 19), as reported to B/R within hours of the initial report.

B/R saw plenty of reaction about Singler's decision to return. Some believed it reaffirmed Duke as the favorite to win it all again this season. Some think it reaffirmed Duke as the favorite in the ACC.

Singler reaction:

One Single(r), One Large Effect by Mike Kline (April 20)

 

Recruiting

Our collection of Duke basketball writers are the most knowledge group of any on Bleacher Report. You'll find much detail about Duke recruiting both during the season and after it.

With that in mind, Duke's 2010 class consists of Kyrie Irving, the No. 2 point guard, guard Tyler Thornton and forward Josh Hairston.

Austin Rivers, the No. 1 recruit in the 2011 class, verbally committed to Duke (Sept. 30) in late September. Among the other verbal commits in the class of 2011 are the third Plumlee brother, Marshall, and shooting guard Michael Gbinije.

Quinn Cook, the No. 6 point guard in the 2011 class, committed to Duke (Nov. 4) last week.

Four-star recruit Tyler Adams withdrew his commitment from Duke (Oct. 29) in October and instead chose the Georgetown Hoyas in November.

Other recruiting reads:

Duke Targets Show Promise at AAU Tournament by Mike Kline (July 26)

Duke Class of 2011 Recruiting Winding Down by Mike Kline (Oct. 2)

 

Duke to play Butler, Michigan State in 2010-11

Duke released its men's basketball schedule in early September. A national title game rematch with Butler and a showdown with Big Ten power Michigan State are among the highlights.

Duke closes the regular season at rival North Carolina.

Tyler Lambert ranks the top 10 games (Sept. 4) and predicts each game (Nov. 3) on the 2010-11 Duke schedule.


Singler named preseason All-American

The AP preseason All-American first team was announced early in November, with Duke's Kyle Singler receiving the most votes.

Curtis Clontz reported Singler's honor to B/R, highlighting the possibility of Singler leading to Duke (Nov. 1) to back-to-back national championships.

A month before the start of the season, Justin McTeer named Singler the top player in the conference (Oct. 12) among two other Blue Devils in the top five.

 

Other Miscellaneous Reads:

50 Greatest Duke Players Ever by Mike Kline (May 20)

Mason Plumlee Looks to Fill Low Post Role by Tyler Lambert (July 4)

Nolan Smith's Journey: Past, Present and Future by Justin McTeer (Sept. 8)

Andre Dawkins: "I'm not going to quit" by Ro Shiell (Sept. 21)

Krzyzewski Back on Top: The Difference a Year Makes by Mike Kline (Sept. 27)

Future of Duke Basketball Even Brighter after Title by James Riggio (Oct. 4)

Ten Teams That Could Beat Duke in 2010-11 by Doug Brodess (Nov. 7)

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