DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke University men's basketball team was honored at a community celebration Tuesday afternoon at the American Tobacco Campus lawn and amphitheater.
Music and pre-event festivities with the Duke pep band and Duke cheerleaders served as a prelude to the team's arrival, before the Blue Devils were welcomed by Durham Chamber President Casey Steinbacher and recognized by Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Durham County Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael Page.
Duke posted a 35-4 record in 2014-15 with the campaign culminating in the program's fifth NCAA Men's Basketball Championship as the Blue Devils overcame a nine-point second half deficit en route to a 68-63 win over Wisconsin. Duke's remarkable season featured several historical milestones including Krzyzewski becoming the first NCAA Division I men's basketball coach to record 1,000 career victories and Jahlil Okafor becoming the first freshman in ACC history to claim conference player of the year accolades.
The celebration was presented by the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham Inc., The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, The City of Durham, and Durham County to recognize and thank the team for bringing such tremendous honor to Durham through their excellence as a team.