Duke’s trip to the Dominican Republic this August will be a week long and include two exhibition games against that country’s national team.
The school announced Tuesday the Blue Devils men’s basketball team will leave Durham on Aug. 17 and return Aug. 24. Duke will play the Dominican Republic national team on Aug. 20 in Santiago and Aug. 23 in Santo Domingo. No television details were announced but the school is working with the ACC’s television partners to broadcast the games.
NCAA rules allow the Blue Devils to practice 10 times prior to leaving for the trip. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is working with a revamped roster, with eight players gone from last season’s ACC champions and six freshmen arriving this summer.
“The Dominican Republic is a good team, and we’re going to see who our guys are during these practices and games,” Krzyzewski said. “We lost seven of our top eight scorers from last season; this is almost an entirely new team. No matter how much you work out or practice, you really don’t know about a team until you see it in competition. This will be an unbelievable bonding experience for our group and we’ll also get to see how they play together before we start practice at the end of September.”