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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski bans NBA scouts from watching practices, holds pro days instead

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Mike Krzyzewski has reportedly announced that he will ban NBA teams from watching their practices this upcoming season. The Duke head coach Krzyzewski, however, extends invitation to NBA executives to attend two pro days on Oct. 19 and 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the only time they will get a chance to look at Blue Devils’ prospective professionals.

“All other practices will be closed,” Duke told teams in an email.

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According to ESPN, the Duke head coach is mimicking a concept that was pioneered by Kentucky head coach John Calipari when he hosted college basketball’s first NBA-style combine in 2014. In that event, more than 90 NBA scouts and executives gathered in Lexington, Kentucky. Coach Calipari will host Kentucky’s third combine on Oct. 9 and 10.

Coach Calipri also said that the combine helped his players work on their weaknesses just by being watched by the NBA execs and scouts. The event also helped limit the number of scouts in the succeeding practices of the team.

“Instead of being five or ten scouts in our practice, it just got lighter,” Calipari told ESPN. “Now I’ll have four teams in a week. We were having ten teams in a day watching our practice and then it becomes a zoo.”

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In a report published by Bleacher Report, coach Krzyzewski’s team is expected to have a roster rich with NBA-worthy players this year. In the latest 2017 NBA mock draft conducted by, two incoming freshmen from Duke are projected to place at No. 3 and No. 4. These players are power forward Harry Giles and small forward Jayson Tatum. Junior shooting guard Grayson Allen is also projected to go No. 25.

The decision to close practices is sure to rankle teams that are starved to collect as much information as possible about potential draft picks, especially players under lottery consideration such as Tatum and Giles.

Reports say that the first pro day will contain skills and drill work and the second will be a scrimmage.

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