By LARRY VAUGHT
Is it too early to start thinking about the Kentucky-Duke game Nov. 6th in Indianapolis that will be one of the showcase games all of next season?
“Those are two of the colleges that you hear about every year. I am obviously part of it now. I just think it is cool that those two college are always in the forefront with the talk and will be to start the season,” said Duke freshman Tre Jones.
“I think it will be a lot of fun. There will be a lot of familiar faces in that game. We know each other pretty well. Everybody will be talking about that rivalry game because we are always talked about as the top teams and recruits. It will be a fun game early just to get things going.”
It should be because both teams are loaded with talented freshmen. Jones did more than his part to help persuade Zion Williamson to come to Duke, a move that shocked almost everyone. For a long time, Williamson was expected to pick Kentucky.
“I did help. The coaches they told me who they wanted. I was able to talk to the guys and build a bond off the court first. Then we realized we could play together and be pretty good. We all bought into it,” Jones said. “We all built a bond with Zion. All four (freshmen) of us were in a group chat and we talked about every single day.
“Getting recruited by coach K, it’s hard to say no to him. He has been able to coach some of the best players ever to play and make them play together. We all think he has a plan for us as well.”
However, Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson told him — and others — that plan won’t include beating Kentucky in the Champions Classic.
“That doesn’t surprise me. That’s who Keldon is. He’s a talker but you got to feel like your team will win. I get that,” Jones said.