Duke's Johnson is forgoing season, declaring for NBA draft
Duke forward Jalen Johnson (1) drives to the basket as Miami guard Harlond Beverly (5) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)Highly touted Duke freshman Jalen Johnson is forgoing the rest of the Blue Devils' season and declaring for the NBA draft. Johnson had three points in eight minutes while coming off the bench for the third straight game. Afterward, Krzyzewski said Johnson was “knocked back” by the game’s physicality but added: “I have confidence in him. The highlight after his return was a huge game (24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks) at Pittsburgh. He deserves to be fully healthy for the upcoming NBA draft.”___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
No. 21 Duke wins 75-65 at Notre Dame in ACC opener
The Blue Devils also outrebounded Notre Dame 33-23 and outscored the Irish 34-20 in the paint. Notre Dame has seven more games on its schedule against teams that are currently ranked. With two other games in the window canceled, Notre Dame represented Duke’s only contest over a span of 20 days. Notre Dame: The Irish face Purdue on Saturday as part of the 10th annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Notre Dame is 3-1 against the Boilermakers in Classic matchups.
Watts scores 20, No. 8 Michigan State beats No. 6 Duke 75-69
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has tested positive for COVID-19. 8 Michigan State beat No. “They are able to play at a consistently higher level than us due to their depth right now," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Joey Hauser had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Hall added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State. “I’m going to smile and enjoy it because I haven’t done a very good job against Duke," Izzo said.
Some new college hoop coaches turn to experienced transfers
Forbes has five Division I transfers joining the program, with three added since he took over in April. Hes hoping the older players provide some stability amid these uncertain times for college athletics highlighting the enhanced value of transfers for the coaches who changed jobs after last season and are trying to build new programs. It remains unclear how many transfers will get a waiver to play right away or must sit out a year. It's why ACC Network analyst and former Notre Dame player Jordan Cornette pointed to more than talent and fit with a transfer's value. Coaches are barred from in-person activities such as traveling to meet a recruit or bringing one in for an official visit.