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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Coach K burns Joey Baker’s redshirt, plays him against Syracuse

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    With only four games left in the regular season, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski burned Joey Baker’s redshirt and put him in the first half at Syracuse.

    After initially committing in the Class of 2019, the 6-foot-7 small forward from Trinity Christian School (NC) reclassfied to the 2018 class, and then appeared set to redshirt. Baker hadn’t played all season for the No. 1 Blue Devils before the Syracuse game.

    With Zion Williamson sidelined with a sprained knee, and a timetable on his return uncertain, Coach K opted to insert Baker against the Orange.

    Baker, a five-star recruit, had been part of a loaded freshmen class that includes Williamson, R.J. BarrettCam Reddish, and Tre Jones. Those four are projected first-round NBA Draft picks.

    According to 247Sports, Baker was the No. 27 player in the 2019 class and the No. 7 prospect at his position.

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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.