Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K: ‘I do not see an end of my road in my college coaching’

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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will be busy for the next few months. He’ll be coaching USA Basketball in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. He then transitions into returning to Durham, where he is fielding a preseason top-3 team.

Coach K, 67, intends on keeping his schedule that way through 2016, he said in an interview with Yahoo Sports NBA writer Marc J. Spears.

“I’m going to coach USA, and this is true, through Rio [in the 2016 Olympics]. I might coach in college longer,” Coach K told Spears. “Probably. I do not see an end of my road in my college coaching. Also, Jerry will stop being the head of USA Basketball at that time [after the 2016 Olympics]. It’s an amazing honor, I’ve learned a lot and I really like working with Jerry.”

Back in March, Coach K made similar statements, saying he plans on coaching for at least five more years. In the Q-and-A with Spears, Coach K shrugged off any concerns of problems he had late in last season. Back in early March, he was sent to the hospital after dealing with lightheadedness and dizziness during a road game against Wake Forest.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who is six years younger than Krzyzewski, said last summer, “I think where most coaches realize it’s their time is when they just get tired of recruiting.”

Coach K is continuing to land the five-star recruits, bringing arguably the best recruiting class this fall. His Class of 2015 already features top-20 recruit Luke Kennard, and this past weekend at the adidas Super 64, he and his whole staff sat in to watch No. 8 overall prospect, Chase Jeter. Duke is the favorite for the 6-foot-10 center.

Training camp began this week for USA Basketball, which begins August 30. The Hall of Famer enters his 34th season at Duke with 983 wins, most of any Division I men’s head coach.

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.