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Tangled Up In Blue-White

Duke point guards Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith battle for a loose ball in Saturdays Blue-White scrimmage in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo by Glen Gutterson/The Chronicle

Duke point guards Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith battle for a loose ball in Saturday's Blue-White scrimmage in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo by Glen Gutterson/The Chronicle

Check out a photo slideshow of Saturday’s Blue-White scrimmage by following this link.

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It’s Good to Be a Duke Basketball Player

In an interview with The Chronicle today, sophomores Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler revealed that the entire team got together early Sunday morning to watch the USA take on Spain for the gold medal with a fully catered hot breakfast from Mad Hatters at 2:30 a.m. I’m pretty sure there isn’t another student group on campus that would get that sort of royal food treatment. The highlight of the after-hours feast, they say? French toast.

With Coach K scheduled to arrive at RDU this evening around 5 p.m., the team will be meeting him at his home later tonight to welcome him back to Durham.

—by Meredith Shiner

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Nolan Smith Discusses Jennings’ Potential EuroTrip

With the 2008 NBA draft only a few days away, there has been plenty of talk about the NBA’s draft eligibility age requirements. The league’s current rule requires players to be one year removed from high school graduation and at least age 19 in the calendar year of the draft to be eligible for selection. The latest news regarding the implications of this rule, however, seems to indicate that the newest path to the pros for top high school players might involve a passport rather than textbooks and a one-year campus stay.

Brandon Jennings, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Oak Hill Academy who is ranked as the No. 1 player in the nation by scout.com, is considering eschewing his commitment to play at Arizona next season and instead spend a season playing professionally in Europe in preparation for entry into the 2009 NBA Draft. According to Andy Katz’s report on ESPN.com, Jennings has had difficulty securing a standardized test score that will qualify him for admission to Arizona and is seriously exploring the possibility of a season in Europe.

Duke sophomore guard Nolan Smith played with Jennings for a season at Oak Hill, and when asked Monday if he had spoken to his former teammate about his future, Smith seemed to indicate that Jennings might not be bluffing on his plans to take his game abroad.

“I did talk to him last night after someone mentioned it to me,” said Smith, who will accompany best friend Michael Beasley in the green room of the NBA Draft Thursday night. “It is a possibility that he’ll go to Europe and stay over there for a year. He seemed excited about it. That’s a good experience, but I told him that he was going to miss the college life, but he can always go to a college campus and enjoy that every now and then. Europe would be cool.

“But definitely, he has to do what he has to do.”

–by Will Flaherty

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