2018: Saw action in three games as a faceoff specialist … Took one faceoff against High Point (2/8) … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Before Duke: A four-year letterwinner at Episcopal School of Dalls ... Earned All-SPC North honors as a senior ... Led the team in ground balls in 2015 and won 73 percent of his faceoffs ... Was outstanding at the X as a senior, winning 167-of-236 draws (71 percent) and picking up 44 ground balls and dishing out seven assists ... Voted to the high school Academic All-America squad ... Also played wide receiver and defensive back for the football team ... Earned a letter as a junior ... National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Bob and Alice Bender ... Has one sister ... Dad played basketball at Indiana (1975-76) before transferring to Duke (1977-80) ... He played on the 1978 Duke team that lost to Kentucky in the Final 4 ... Served as an assistant coach at Duke from 1983-89 and was men’s basketball head coach at Illinois State from 1989-93 ... Also had a head coaching stop at University of Washington (1993-2002) and was an assistant bench coach for Philadelphia 76ers (2002-04), Atlanta Hawks (2004-13), Milwaukee Bucks (2013-14) and a scout for the Brooklyn Nets (2015-16) ... Currently serves as an assistant bench coach for the Memphis Grizzlies ... Sister Mary Elizabeth was a four-year letterwinner in women’s soccer at Duke and will graduate in May of 2018 ... Born August 3, 1998 in Seattle, Wash.