Duke basketball continues to prove it is the most advanced program

Duke basketball forward Paolo Banchero (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Paolo Banchero (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team continues to prove it is one of the most sophisticated programs in the country. 

It is well known that the Duke basketball program has one of the best player development and medical staffs in the country, but what the group has been able to discover this season is already jaw-dropping.

One of the major issues with the Blue Devils this season has been the constant cramping of stars, specifically Paolo Banchero, but it seems the Duke medical staff has fixed the problem.

Banchero had to miss time during the second half in victories over Kentucky and Gonzaga, which could have cost the Blue Devils a chance to win in both games, due to cramping.

However, in the middle of Duke’s loss to Ohio State last week, the ESPN broadcast commented on the issues Banchero had been dealing with and explained how the team believes those cramping issues are in the rearview mirror.

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After the Blue Devils returned to Durham following their trip to Las Vegas, in which they beat Gonzaga, the Duke medical staff did tests on the freshman star and discovered that he loses about seven pounds per game due to his sweating.

The doctors and trainers at Duke found a new sports drink, called BOA Oxygenated Fluid, that will help Banchero stay on the court and stave off his cramps.

Cameras caught Paolo Banchero drinking the liquid during a timeout against Ohio State, and in 35 minutes he did not have to miss any time with cramps.

Duke basketball training staff also notices another issue

ESPN also reported that over the summer the Duke basketball training staff noticed an issue with the way Wendell Moore walks and runs and was able to change that prior to his junior season. It has worked tremendously.

Moore, who was very inconsistent in his first two seasons at Duke, has been sensational this year with 17.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 56.1-percent from the field and 32.4-percent from 3-point range.

Duke has poured a tremendous amount of money into its medical staff within its basketball program, perhaps more money than any other school in the country, and it continues to give the Blue Devils an advantage over the competition.

Mike Krzyzewski‘s team will return to the court on December 14 against South Carolina State.

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