Canada will get the first glimpse of the 2018-19 Duke basketball team and its highly anticipated freshman class.
The Canadian University Sports Network’s Jordan Henry, citing sources, reported Wednesday that Duke is finalizing a preseason trip to Canada that will feature three games. Henry reported the Blue Devils will face Ryerson on Aug. 15 and the University of Toronto on Aug. 17 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, and McGill on Aug. 19 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. The communities are suburbs of Toronto and Montreal, respectively.
Via sources: Duke Men’s Basketball is making a pre-season trip to Canada. Sounds like they'll play Ryerson August 15th at @hersheycentre in Mississauga, University of Toronto Aug. 17th at Hershey and McGill Aug. 19th at Bell Place in Laval. A homecoming showcase for @RjBarrett6 pic.twitter.com/ZrHesXNXLl
— Jordan Henry (@Jor_Henry) May 23, 2018
The trip will be a homecoming for the headliner of Duke’s No. 1 recruiting class, R.J. Barrett, who was born in Mississauga. It will be the first time the Blue Devils showcase arguably the best basketball recruiting class they’ve assembled.
Barrett is the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is joined by four other top 31 prospects: Cameron Reddish (No. 2), Zion Williamson (No. 5), Tre Jones (No. 12) and Joey Baker (No. 31).
The NCAA permits teams to take a foreign tour once every four years. Duke last took a foreign tour in the summer of 2011 when it went to China and Dubai. The Blue Devils planned a trip to the Dominican Republic last summer, but it was canceled because of coach Mike Krzyzewski’s knee replacement surgery.