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Friday / October 19.
  • ESPN thinks Grayson Allen plays for North Carolina

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    Maybe ESPN needs to get Andy Katz back in the fold, ASAP.

    Or maybe The Worldwide Leader was just messing with Duke fans.

    Either way, it wasn’t a good look on Saturday when the network listed Grayson Allen as playing for North Carolina on their Franchise team that also included Devonte Graham’ from Kansas, Jacque Landale from Saint Mary’s, Bonzie Colson from Notre Dame and Joel Berry of North Carolina.

    Still, we think fans of No. 1 Duke will be OK given the last 48 hours or so.

    On Friday night, they landed a verbal commitment from Class of 2018 star R.J. Barrett, the projected No. 1 pick in 2019.

    Later that night, freshman forward Marvin Bagley III went for 25 points and 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut against Elon.

    And then on Saturday, the Blue Devils got a double-dip of good news when coach Mike Krzyzewski notched his 1,000th win at Duke over Utah Valley and Bagley III followed up Friday’s showing with a 24-point, 10-rebound performance.

    On Tuesday, Duke faces off against No. 2 Michigan State as part of the Champions Classic (7 p.m., ESPN) in a 1-versus-2 heavyweight matchup, with around 75 NBA personnel expected to be in attendance.

    Hopefully, The Worldwide Leader won’t list Allen as being from UNC for that game.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.