DURHAM, N.C.— Blue Devil women’s basketball rookie Rayah Craig has been on campus for a few weeks getting a taste of college life. Craig is a 5-10 guard from Scottsdale, Ariz., has been able to get a head start getting adjusted to life in Durham and working out with the Blue Devils. Get to know the freshman that will be suiting up in Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2018-19.
What are you most excited for about being at Duke?
I’m excited to further my education at a great academic school along with competing against the best of the best in the ACC.
Why did you decide to come to Duke?
I chose to come to Duke because the coaching staff is very family orientated and that is very important to me. I also love the academic side of Duke as well and know that having a degree from here will open up many opportunities in my life.
What is something not many people know about you?
I was bitten by a snake when I was three and almost died.
Which Duke player currently in the WNBA is your favorite?
When did you start playing basketball? What made you love the game?
I started playing when I was five years old. I played a lot of sports but when my brother, Jordan, decided to pursue basketball I wanted to do the same.
For those that don’t know much about your game, what kind of player are you and what will you try to bring to the court for Duke?
I am going to bring leadership and athleticism to the team.
What is your proudest moment of your basketball career so far?
When I helped lead my high school team to its first ever regional championship.
What is your proudest moment off the court?
Graduating high school and getting into an amazing academic school to further my education.
Who are your biggest inspirations on and off the court?
On the court I want to play basketball at the highest level and compete for a championship. Off the court I hope to one day be able to give back to my family for all the hard work and sacrifices they have made over the years to get me where I am today. That means buy them a house, a car, you name it.
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Hobbies: Photography, mountain biking, watching Netflix
Favorite TV Show: Vampire Diaries
Favorite Movie: Lion King 1 1/2
If you were to play another sport, what would it be? Soccer
Mountains or Beach: Mountains
Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Cookies and Cream
Any Pregame Rituals? I listen to a motivational video called “why do we fall?”