Duke MBB Notebook: Trent Wins Title, Carter Honored, Besser Bikes into NYC

The Duke men’s basketball team is in the third week of its summer workout schedule, and the Blue Devils are continuing a routine of practices, strength & conditioning, classes, and team-bonding activities.

Recently, the Blue Devils were treated to a special screening of the movie “Uncle Drew,” starring former Duke star Kyrie Irving. Last weekend, the Blue Devils had a break from the grind to go ziplining. The @DukeMBB cameras were rolling and fans can catch the exclusive footage here.

Duke will continue its summer workout and conditioning through the end of July and begin practice for the Duke Canada Tour in August.

Duke Basketball Summer Notebook #2

Trent, Trailblazers Win NBA Summer League Championship
The Portland Trailblazers claimed the 2018 NBA Summer League title with a 91-73 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Former Blue Devil Gary Trent Jr., who was drafted in the second round by Portland in June, came off the bench in the title game to log 23 minutes and score 12 points, with two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Trent played seven Summer League games, averaging 11.4 points and 3.3 boards.

Carter Named First-Team All-NBA Summer League 
The 2018 NBA Draft’s seventh-overall pick, Wendell Carter Jr., was named first-team All-NBA Summer League. After averaging a near-double during his freshman year at Duke, Carter did the same in his NBA Summer League debut, averaging 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds for the Bulls. Carter logged 28.8 minutes and shot 55 percent from the field on the summer circuit.

Besser’s Bike Across America Continues
Senior Brennan Besser is on the final leg of his bike trek across the United States to raise donations and awareness for the intellectual and developmental (IDD) community through Walk On! America. Besser began his trek in Seattle in May and has covered more than 3,500 miles. He’ll pedal into New York City today to complete the nearly 70-day excursion.

Barrett in Los Angeles for 2018 ESPYs

Incoming freshman R.J. Barrett is one of six finalists for the 2018 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year Award, which will be presented Wednesday night during the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Should Barrett win, he’d become the third Blue Devil to take home Gatorade’s premier high school honor, joining Greg Paulus (2005) and Jayson Tatum (2016). Barrett was previously named the Gatorade Male High School Basketball Player of the Year, becoming the third Blue Devil to garner that award, joining Tatum (2016) and Jabari Parker (2012).

Coach K Experience Up for Auction

ESPN’s 14th Annual ESPYS Auction benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research is officially underway on eBay and will continue through 6 p.m. ET today. This year’s auction will feature 80+ experiences, including a coach experience with Mike Krzyzewski. The experience will give the auction winner and three guests the chance to attend a Duke game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, a meet-and-greet with Coach K, a VIP tour of Duke’s facilities, and an autographed copy of Coach K’s book “Leading with the Heart.” (Click here)

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