Many basketball fans are understandably focused on the start of the NBA preseason. However, college hoops are just around the corner. The proof is that the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team has been preparing over the past week.
In addition to starting practices, the Blue Devils held media day last week. Head coach Jon Scheyer held his first press conference and the players took part in several photo ops.
Duke is a school proudly sponsored by Nike, so seeing players wearing the Swoosh is nothing new. However, this list clearly prefers the iconic shoes of former Dukie and current Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving.
In the team photo above, we see Coach Scheyer wearing Air Jordan 1s and a few players in the back wearing Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant’s shoes. But the vast majority of the roster features Irving’s signature kicks. Below is everything fans need to know about performance basketball shoes.
Nike Kyrie Low 5
Most Blue Devils players wore the Nike Kyrie Low 5 in the “Game Royal” colorway. Fortunately, fans can purchase the shoes on Nike’s website for $120 in adult sizes.
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According to Nike, the shoes were designed for fast and shrewd players like Irving. Cushion is provided by a foam midsole with a top-loaded Air unit. The rubber outsole pattern is computer generated to help players control their movement.
In May, ESPN reported that Nike had no plans to continue Irving’s signature sneaker line. Regardless of your thoughts on the polarizing point guard, there’s no denying his signature line’s performance capabilities. Irving’s latest Nike shoe is set to release in November.
The Blue Devils are also facing change as they prepare for the season with their first new manager since 1980. But if the past is any prologue then you can count on the Blue Devils to rise to the challenge and have the looks good doing it.
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