Duke Basketball: Preview of the ESPN+ series ‘Earn Everything’

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN) /

An ESPN+ team followed around the Duke basketball team this offseason to try and capture the essence of the 2018-19 team.

The ESPN+ series, Earn Everything, has released six of eight episodes, ranging from when the Duke basketball players arrive on campus to Countdown to Craziness.

The series gives fans of Duke and college basketball a behind-the-scenes look at the Duke basketball program. The first six episodes are currently available with an ESPN+ subscription. The last two episodes of the series will air after the Blue Devils open up the regular season against Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Episode 1 of 8 – The Brotherhood

Episode one of the ESPN+ show is set roughly six weeks before the August Canada tour. The episode breaks down briefly what all goes into preparing for the basketball team to arrive on campus for the summer. It also goes into detail about Jack White and Javin DeLaurier. It looks into what their majors are and what living off campus is like for the upperclassman.

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RJ Barrett dives in with the Duke staff on how to best use social media to build his personal brand. The episode ends with the Fourth of July pool party at the Krzyzewski residence.

Episode 2 of 8 – New Heights

Testing and putting together strategic plans are all a part of episode two. The first part of the episode shows different tests they have the players go through to measure different aspects of their body.

The next section of the episode covers the nutrition plan they make individually for the players.  Lastly, it looks into the mock NBA combine the program puts on. It specifically highlights Zion Williamson setting records with his vertical.

Episode 3 of 8 – Be As tough As Your Mother

The third episode of the series starts with Mike Krzyzewski talking to the players about the five-out motion offense. He talks about how this offense worked with Team USA and told an interesting story about Kobe Bryant.

The next part of the episode focuses on the Emily K Center basketball camp and how the players are impacted by the children. The players get a chance to realize what kind of role models they can be. Communication as a team and individual is strongly focused on in this episode. It shows the importance of communicating and the progress made by the team in this area. Krzyzewski also explains the collaboration between himself and the Duke lacrosse coaching staff.

Episode 4 of 8 – Viral Sensation

Episode four captures the team’s preparations for the Canada Tour. Williamson and Barrett are seen trying to out-do each other in practice, dunking for the Canadian crowd.

Walk-on Brennan Besser is highlighted as it follows him along his bike ride across the U.S. Besser biked from Seattle to New York to raise awareness for the IDD community. The end of the fourth episode highlights Dukes’ first Canada game versus Ryerson University.

Episode 5 of 8 – The Road is Home

Krzyzewski breaks down film on their first game versus Ryerson University with the Duke team. The team also takes a tour of Toronto and visits some key attractions. Next, the team practices in front of a Canadian fan base at the Ryerson gymnasium. The team also gets their rooming situations before highlighting their game versus the University of Toronto.

Episode 6 of 8 – Countdown to Craziness

Episode six briefly highlights their last game in Canada versus McGill University. The team then returns back to Durham, NC where the freshmen receive their dorm assignments. The players then enjoy team bonding as they learn how to prepare themselves healthy meals.

The next featured segment focuses on walk-on Mike Buckmire and how he juggles basketball and academics. The first official practice is documented as the players explain a funny phrase that Krzyzewski uses when trying to get the players attention. The sixth episode ends with behind-the-scenes content from Countdown to Craziness.

ESPN+ Subscription

If you would like to watch the Duke Basketball Earn Everything series, subscribe to ESPN+ here. A subscription costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 for a year subscription.  The last two episodes of the series will go live after the regular season opens versus Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 9:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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Watching the Earn Everything series can be an engaging experience while you wait for the college basketball season to start in less than a week.