The Duke basketball program had special visitors during its trip to Chicago.
It was disappointing that the Duke basketball program wasn’t able to get on the court in public during its trip to Chicago this weekend but the Blue Devils were still able to enjoy their time in the Windy City.
The Duke players were able to go through various business meetings with high profile companies, as well as a day of fun on Lake Michigan, but its dinners might have been the most entertaining part of the trip.
Not only was a prank pulled on head coach Jon Scheyer on Saturday night that involved him being serenaded with a Blue Devil version of ‘Happy Birthday’, nearly a month ahead of his real birthday, but there were special guest visitors lined up to speak to the young squad ahead of its season.
It all started on Friday night when 2015 National Champions Matt Jones, Brennan Besser, Grayson Allen, Jahlil Okafor, and Quinn Cook arrived to the restaurant.
The former players had a chance to address the entire team during the meal while other conversations were had among various players, like an interesting photo between Cook and current guards Jeremy Roach and Tyrese Proctor.
DJ Steward also joined the dinner with the Blue Devils on Friday.
Duke basketball gets another surprise guest on Saturday
The surprises weren’t over for the Blue Devils as they gathered for their final dinner in Chicago on Saturday night as Duke icon Jayson Tatum flew in to meet with the team during its trip.
Tatum has been very active around the Duke program since Jon Scheyer became the head coach and he recently invited freshman Caleb Foster and sophomore Mark Mitchell to his camp last week.
The former Blue Devil also hosted Class of 2024 5-star commit Isaiah Evans and key recruits Cooper Flagg, VJ Edgecombe, and Caleb Wilson at the camp.
It was a successful weekend for Duke in Chicago and the next time the group could really be together for an extended period of time will be in late August when every reports for the fall semester of school.