FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2018
For the first time, the Duke men’s basketball team will travel to Canada to compete in the Duke Canada Tour. The Blue Devils, who are led by the all-time most wins coach in NCAA history – Mike Krzyzewski, will be debuting their no. 1 ranked freshman class. Duke will face off against Ryerson University and University of Toronto at Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The tour will take place August 15-19, with all three games set to be broadcast by ESPN in the United States, and TSN and RDS in Canada.
Esteemed Canadian R.J. Barrett leads Duke’s 2018-19 freshman class, which is regarded as one of the best in college basketball history. The class also includes Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones, who are ranked nos. 2, 3 and 10 respectively, on the ESPN 100 Class of 2018 behind no. 1 ranked Barrett.
“We are excited about the opportunity to be tested against three quality basketball programs in Canada this summer,” said Krzyzewski. “More than a third of our roster includes players competing for the first time as collegians. The practices and games associated with the tour will allow us to bond as a team, while providing us with a terrific educational opportunity to see another country and two amazing cities – Toronto and Montreal. It should be especially fun for one of our newcomers, R.J. Barrett, who will be home.”
Barrett enters his freshman year at Duke with more high school accolades than any other Canadian in history. Barrett won the Gatorade Player of the Year and Naismith Player of the Year en route to an undefeated season and a national championship at Montverde Academy in Florida. Barrett also led Canada to its first-ever gold medal at an international FIBA competition at the U19 Basketball World Cup in 2017.
This past April, Barrett helped guide the World Selects to a Nike Hoops Summit title in Portland. That team was coached by Ryerson head coach Roy Rana.
“It’s going to be amazing to take part in this tour,” said Barrett. “Not only will I be putting on the Duke jersey for the first time, but I will be doing it in my home country in front of friends and family. It will be a good way to start our year, and bond with each other as teammates.”
The games will be played at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, and Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. The 5100 seat Hershey Centre is home to the Toronto Raptors’ G League affiliate, Raptors 905.
In planning the trip, Duke worked in collaboration with SBX Group, a leading global sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing agency with Canadian headquarters in Toronto. The agency will be handling all components of the tour, including marketing, sponsorship, event operations, and ticket sales.
August 15, 2018, 7 p.m. ET — Game no. 1 vs. Ryerson Rams — Hershey Centre
August 17, 2018, 6 p.m. ET — Game no. 2 vs. Toronto Varsity Blues — Hershey Centre
August 19, 2018, 3 p.m. ET — Game no. 3 vs. McGill Redmen — Place Bell
For tickets, please visit DukeCanadaTour.com. Fans can choose from a number of different options. Hospitality packages are also available, including marketing assets, executive boxes and courtside suites.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale in early June. More details to come. Sign up to our eNews to get updates, or stay tuned to our social channels and website.
For information on becoming a Duke Canada Tour partner, please email Director of Partnerships, McKenzie Clarke at email@example.com.