Mar 21, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1), guard Rasheed Sulaimon (14) and Duke Blue Devils forward Josh Hairston (15) react on the bench against the Mercer Bears in the first half of a men

Duke and UConn to play in 2014


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Add one more difficult game to Duke Basketball’s schedule for the 2014-2015 season. Duke and UConn, the reigning national champion, are working out the kinks in their agreement to play a game right before Christmas at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

The intensity of the game depends on a couple factors. The NBA Draft deadline is Sunday. The Huskies have two players that could potentially enter (Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels). Another key factor for UConn is Rodney Purvis. Purvis had to sit out the 2013-2014 season due to transfer rules.

For Duke, key players Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood have already declared for the NBA Draft, but they have an exceptionally talented recruiting class coming in. The Blue Devils have signed three of ESPN’s Top 15 Those three top recruits being No. 1 Jahlil Okafor, No. 4 Tyus Jones, and No. 15 Justise Winslow. They also have the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest champion on their roster for next season as well. Grayson Allen is the No. 21 recruit on the ESPN Top 100.

One potential bonus for the Blue Devils could be the No. 2 recruit Myles Turner. Turner, a center out of Texas still hasn’t made his decision as of yet. He is considering Duke, among Ohio State, Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist and Texas. If Turner ends up at Duke, the Blue Devils will have a lot of pressure in the paint, limiting their opponents to shooting the deep two or three ball.

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