Duke basketball, Coach K open with 2021 Countdown to Craziness

The potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and a mostly overhauled but talented roster will headline Duke basketball’s annual Countdown to Craziness preseason event and scrimmage this week.

Set for 7 p.m. this Friday and streaming live on ACC Network Extra (see streaming options here), Countdown to Craziness will also unofficially kick off coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 42nd and final year with the program he built into a national powerhouse. Associate coach Jon Scheyer will take over after the 2021-22 season ends.

Here’s what else you need to know heading into the Blue Devils’ Friday night tipoff.

Paolo Banchero’s debut

Duke forward Paolo Banchero speaks to reporters during the team's NCAA college basketball media day in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.

Given Duke’s recent recruiting excellence, Countdown to Craziness has evolved into a public debut of sorts for hyped freshmen such as Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson.

Five-star freshman Paolo Banchero, Duke’s top incoming…

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