Duke basketball gets national television recruiting pitch

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Duke basketball got a free national television recruiting pitch. 

There is no debate that the Duke basketball coaching staff has the best recruiters in college basketball, but even the best sometimes need a little help.

On Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets (14-9) battled the Los Angeles Clippers (16-6) on national television in one of the most anticipated games in the NBA regular season.

Clippers star Paul George said prior to the game that not only was the entire country watching, but the world.

In a game that fully lived up to the hype, the Nets defeated the Clippers, 124-120.

Former Blue Devil star Kyrie Irving played one of the best games of the season, finishing with a game-high, and season-high, 39 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal on 15-of-23 shooting from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range, and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

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Following the victory, Irving had an exclusive interview with the TNT broadcast crew comprised of play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle and color analyst Grant Hill.

Hill, a two-time National Champion and two-time All-American at Duke, ended the interview by wishing Kyrie Irving the best of luck for the remainder of the season and “The Brotherhood.”

Irving responded with, “The Brotherhood…you already know, baby,” as he ran back to the Brooklyn locker room. Eagle then capped off the moment with “I’m feeling the Duke love…it’s bursting through the screen.”

Duke basketball recruits should pay attention to the impactful moment

A lot of programs showcase their former players to recruits and the ‘family’ environment they will be entering if they commit to that school, but none do it better than Duke and its ‘Brotherhood.’

Irving played at Duke for one season, 11 games to be exact because of an injury, in 2010-11 while Hill was a four-year player from 1990-94.

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If those two players can build a bond and a friendship from attending the same college nearly 16 years apart from each other, then the rest of the Blue Devil recruits know what is exactly being offered by Mike Krzyzewski and his staff, as it is not just lip service.

Kyrie Irving is averaging 28.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game on 53.5-percent shooting from the field and 44.7-percent from three-point range in his second season with the Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets return to the floor on Friday, February 5 against the Toronto Raptors (9-12) at 7:30pm EST (ESPN) inside the Barclays Center.

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