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Justise Winslow shows off Duke national championship ring (PHOTO)

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Duke is coming off of the 2015 national championship and the Blue Devils sent three players to the 2015 NBA Draft from that memorable group. One of those key pieces, Justise Winslow, took to Instagram on Monday to show off Duke’s new jewelry as it looks like their championship rings are in.


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Never a bad look to secure a ring and now Winslow can focus on his career in the NBA. As for Duke, they were rated as highly as No. 2 this preseason by Athlon Sports, despite the loss of Winslow, Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook. A loaded 2015 recruiting class comes in for Coach K as the defending championships will have an uphill battle to repeat with an inexperienced team.

Justise Winslow commentates Duke’s top plays

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Duke forward Justise Winslow is off to the 2015 NBA Draft after helping the Blue Devils cut down to the nets to the program’s fifth national title earlier this month. Before he concludes his one and only year in Durham, he left this for the Duke fans: him commentating the top plays of the 2014-15 season.

He actually has some pretty funny lines in the video above. Here are a few of his notable ones:

  • “Matt Jones with the stepback. Splashtown, USA!”
  • “Justise Winslow, also known as me, with the block.”
  • When his layup goes off the backboard for the Okafor dunk: “This was all planned. The pass. The finish. Wow, big fella.”
  • “Jahlil being Jahlil. Five players can’t guard him. UNC needs six, but they only have five, so it’s not enough.”

Duke commit Luke Kennard responds to Tyus Jones’ departure

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NEW YORK – On Wednesday morning, Tyus Jones, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, followed in the footsteps of teammates Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow, becoming the third Duke freshman to enter his name into this year’s NBA draft.

In light of the news of Jones’ decision, lone Jordan Brand Classic Duke commit Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Franklin, Ohio, was repeatedly asked to address the state of the post-champion Blue Devils, whose key components have been stripped down and shipped to the NBA.

Kennard, who made waves earlier this season by passing LeBron James on Ohio’s all-time scoring list, acknowledged that, prior to the season, he assumed Okafor would likely be NBA-bound regardless of the season’s result. He also stated Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski explained, when it came to Jones and Winslow’s respective futures, the determining factor would be their late-season performances.

Even with the idea of all three breakout freshman jumping to the NBA implanted in the back of his mind, Kennard made it clear it was still a pill he had to choke down.

“It kind of stinks that they’re leaving, they’re great players,” Kennard said. “I played with Justise and Tyus on the USA Team, U-18, this past summer. It’s going to be tough but we’re ready to come in and just play good and prove [ourselves].”

The departure of Jones leaves the Blue Devils without a point guard to their name, just a season after playing with two — Jones and senior Quinn Cook — in their starting lineup. With the tarp officially being torn off the gaping hole, Krzyzewski is trying to convince either, or both, of 2016 targets Derryck Thornton and Jamal Murray, to reclassify and join Duke a year early.

However, if those plans end up fizzling, Kennard may be the Blue Devils’ fall-back to run the offense next season. Kennard, who played some point in AAU, as well as high school, told SNY.tv that assistant coach Jon Scheyer reached out to him and told him to, “keep working on that ball-handling,” because they may need it sooner rather than later.

If anyone knows about converted point guards, it’s Scheyer. After playing off the ball his first three years at Duke, Scheyer moved to the point in the midst of his senior season and led the Blue Devils to their fourth national title.

Kennard also admitted that, even though his sales pitch may not be as polished as Kryzyewski’s, he’s been doing some recruiting of his own. And while his efforts to lure Caleb Swanigan to Durham proved futile, Kennard said him and fellow Duke commit — as well as future roommate — Chase Jeter have been “going hard” at Brandon Ingram about joining them next season.

Ingram, ranked by Rivals as the No. 19 overall player in the 2015 class, would be a tremendous signing for Duke, but, as a small forward, he would not be the answer to their point guard woes.

While the final recruiting picture remains blurry, one thing is for sure: whether it’s from the two, off the bench, or as the starting point guard, Duke will need some major contributions from Kennard, along with the rest of their incoming class.