The Blue Devils held an open public practice Saturday morning to kick off homecoming festivities on campus. Roughly 3,000 fans came out to get their first look at Coach K's squad in a two-hour practice session at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The practice closed with a highly-competitive 12-minute scrimmage. The back-and-forth tilt closed in a 23-23 tie as Quinn Cook, Alex Murphy and Jabari Parker made key plays down the stretch, and freshman guard Matt Jones knocked down a pair of clutch free throws. Cook, who buried a scrimmage-tying three at the buzzer to close out Friday's opening practice, hit a tough-angle floater while being fouled and the ensuing free throw to tie up the contest with under 10 seconds remaining. Murphy, who had a couple key buckets in the scrimmage, attacked the basket at the other end only to have Parker knock his floater into the Duke bench as time expired.
In addition to the practice being open to the public, the Blue Devil Network broadcast 90 minutes of the session on GoDuke.com. A full replay of the practice is available on GoDuke.com at the following link:
Hood & Thornton Named Co-Captains
Redshirt sophomore Rodney Hood and senior Tyler Thornton have been named team captains for the 2013-14 season, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced at a preseason press conference Friday. Hood and Thornton are both first-time team captains for the Blue Devils.
“It’s an honor, especially with the list of guys who were captains before me,” said Thornton, “This is my senior year, and we’ve got a great team that can do a lot of amazing things. It’s an honor to be a captain and be a leader of these guys.”
“It means a lot to me to be named captain, just for the coaching staff and my teammates to have that much respect for me,” said Hood, who is just the third Duke sophomore to be named captain. “I’ve just got to be me and continue to lead the younger guys and lead by example. Coach doesn’t want me to do anything I haven’t been doing. That’s one of the reasons I am captain, leading by example and helping my teammates when they’re in need. I’m not going to try to create a new identity just because I’m playing now.”
Duke No. 1 in ESPN Future Power Rankings
The Blue Devils were tabbed No. 1 overall in ESPN's College Basketball Future Power Rankings last week. A panel consisting of Paul Biancardi, Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, John Gasaway, Jeff Goodman, Seth Greenberg, Andy Katz and Miles Simon rated programs on a 1-to-10 scale in five different categories: Coaching, Current Talent, Recruiting, Program Power and Stability. Check out complete results at http://insider.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/9710359/college-basketball-future-power-rankings-teams-most-likely-succeed-next-three-seasons.
Duke in the Community
Duke players continue to be active in the Durham community participating with a variety of charitable organizations. Freshman Jabari Parker and sophomore Amile Jefferson spoke with a group of Hillside High School students following Saturday's open practice. Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon have contributed to The Monday Project, which will renovate the basketball court at the Duke Children's Hospital. Others have taken part in the Read With the Blue Devils initiative, a long-standing Duke athletics project in which student-athletes read to local elementary school students.
Another Former Blue Devil in the Media
Seven-time NBA All-Star and 19-year veteran Grant Hill has joined the ranks for former Blue Devils in the media as he has been named co-host of NBA Inside Stuff. He will also do studio work for NBA TV and TNT. The program, consisting of highlights and features about players and teams, will debut on NBA TV on Nov. 2 and run weekly throughout the season. Kristen Ledlow, co-host of an Atlanta sports radio show, will join Hill on NBA Inside Stuff.
The original series ran from 1990 to 2005 and was known for its trademark off-the-court features with NBA players. The weekly magazine show was hosted by Emmy Award winner Ahmad Rashad and has included a variety of co-hosts through the years, including Julie Moran, Willow Bay, and Summer Sanders.
Former Blue Devils Prepare for NBA Training Camps
Duke has 17 former players on NBA rosters as training camps open this week. Mason Plumlee, a 2013 All-America, will open training camp with the Brooklyn in familiar surroundings as the Nets will hold their camp in Durham from Oct. 1-5. Here is a look at Blue Devils and their current NBA teams:
Shane Battier (Miami Heat)
Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls)
Elton Brand (Atlanta Hawks)
Seth Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls)
Mike Dunleavy (Chicago Bulls)
Gerald Henderson (Charlotte Bobcats
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Ryan Kelly (Los Angeles Lakers)
Corey Maggette (San Antonio Spurs)
Josh McRoberts (Chicago Bulls)
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets)
Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns)
J.J. Redick (Los Angeles Clippers)
Austin Rivers (New Orleans Pelicans)
Kyle Singler (Detroit Pistons)
Lance Thomas (New Orleans Pelicans)
Additionally, former Blue Devils Chris Duhon and Dahntay Jones are garnering interest on the free agent market and should sign on with a team within the month.
Emily K Center Practice Fundraiser
The Duke Basketball program and the Emily Krzyzewski Center will team up once again to allow basketball fans an exclusive first look inside Duke's four-time national championship program. Tickets for the Wednesday, October 9 “Inside Duke Basketball” event are $250 per person with proceeds benefiting the Emily K Center, a non-profit organization in Durham serving academically-focused, low-income students in out-of-school programming designed to help them achieve in school, gain entry to college, and break the cycle of poverty in their families.
“Inside Duke Basketball” guests will have floor side seats in Cameron Indoor Stadium as head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads the 2013-2014 Blue Devils in a preseason practice and shares his thoughts and insights with attendees. Guests will also tour the Duke Basketball Museum & Athletics Hall of Fame and have dinner in Scharf Hall with Coach K. To cap off the evening, Coach K will welcome surprise guests and give fans a truly rare glimpse inside this storied program.
Check-in for the event begins at 2:30 p.m., and practice starts promptly at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at https://insidedukebasketball2013.eventbrite.com/ or by calling the Emily K Center at 919-680-0308.
Open Practice Highlights (Fayetteville Observer)
Parker Impressive at Open Practice (Durham Herald-Sun)
Dawkins Returns to the Court (Durham Herald-Sun)
Duke to Build Around Parker & Hood (Raleigh News & Observer)
Dancing with a Superstar (Yahoo! Sports)
Coach K Press Conference and Player Availability (GoDuke.com)
Tweet of the Week
Rachel Sirois @Sirois22
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