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Rasheed Sulaimon
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Roundball Notebook: Preseason Accolades Rolling In
Thursday 10/07/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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ESPNU will air Countdown to Craziness Duke basketball’s season-tipoff event on Friday, Oct. 18, beginning on the network at 8 p.m. ESPNU will show live look-ins from the event with commentary from Dino Gaudio as part of the station’s Midnight Madness telecast. The event will also air on ESPN3.

All-America forward Mason Plumlee, who powered Duke to the NCAA Elite Eight last season, was back at Duke last week, but not in his familiar Duke blue. The 6-10 Plumlee, who averaged 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior, instead donned black and silver as the newest member of the Brooklyn Nets, who used Duke’s facilities for their preseason camp. The Nets drafted Plumlee 22nd overall in June, making him the only rookie on the squad.

Plumlee was not the only former Blue Devil that came to Durham from Brooklyn, as 1988 Duke graduate Billy King, general manager of the Nets, made the trip as well. King is coming off of an eventful offseason in which the Nets not only drafted Plumlee but signed a host of NBA veterans, including Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. He took some time away from the start of training camp to speak with the Blue Devil Network about his Duke career, the excitement of starting a new NBA season and what it was like to be back at his alma mater. To watch the interview, click the link below:


In a clash of two of the most successful programs in NCAA history, Duke takes on Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 9:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. A limited number of tickets for the event, which also features a matchup between Michigan State and Kentucky at 7:30 p.m., went on sale Oct. 1. Ticket prices range from $39 to $405 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the United Center box office (open Mon.-Sat. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., hours may vary on event days).

The Blue Devils will spend fall break in New York as part of a four-day training and development camp. The Duke Elevate trip (Oct. 11-14) will be equal parts basketball training, cultural exploration and professional development. Coach K's charges will: tour the Museum of Modern Art and Apollo Theatre, take in a show on Broadway, visit the National 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade Center and spend a day at West Point. In addition the Blue Devils will train daily as well as have several dinners with prominent Blue Devil supporters such as Grant Hill, Ashoka Varadhan, Steve Duncker, Billy King, Alan Schwartz and Jesse Itzler, among others.

Check out GoDuke.com for daily blogs, video clips and much more from the trip. Photos from the trip will also be available on Twitter (@Duke_MBB, @Duke_Athletics) and Instagram (dukeathletics).

he 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.

Duke is featured heavily in the numerous preseason college basketball publications with Athlon Sports, USA Today and Lindy’s Sports all sporting a Blue Devil on their magazine covers. Freshman Jabari Parker is the unanimous pick to end the year as the top freshman in the ACC as well as a first team All-America by Sporting News, while Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon and Parker have all earned at least one Preseason All-ACC first team citation. Rodney Hood is also a favorite to earn All-ACC honors and even earned a Preseason All-America honorable mention nod from USA Today. Below are the preseason honors broken down by player.

Quinn Cook
No. 18 Point Guard (Lindy’s)
All-ACC first team (USA Today)
All-ACC second team (Lindy’s)

Rodney Hood
Preseason All-America third team (Sporting News)
Preseason All-America honorable mention (USA Today)
No. 4 “Inside-Out” (Athlon Sports)
No. 10 Small Forward (Lindy’s)
All-ACC second team (Athlon Sports)
All-ACC second team (Lindy’s)
All-ACC second team (USA Today)

Jabari Parker
Preseason All-America first team (Sporting News)
Preseason All-America honorable mention (USA Today)
Top NBA Prospect (Lindy’s)
No. 3 “Inside-Out” (Athlon Sports)
Preseason ACC Newcomer of the Year (Athlon Sports)
Preseason ACC Newcomer of the Year (Lindy’s)
Preseason ACC Rookie of the Year (USA Today)
All-ACC First Team (Lindy’s)
All-ACC second team (Athlon Sports)

Rasheed Sulaimon
All-America third team (Athlon Sports)
No. 2 “Slasher” (Athlon Sports)
No. 6 Shooting Guard (Lindy’s)
All-ACC first team (Athlon Sports)
All-ACC second team (Lindy’s)


For the Nets’ lone rookie, time for relaxation remains a distant luxury (New York Times)

Miles Plumlee interview: athleticism, Phoenix Suns, point guards, and Alex Len (Bright Side of the Sun)

New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers comfortable in every way heading into second season (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Billy King maintains strong relationship with alma mater (Duke Chronicle)

Krzyzewski pegs Jefferson as starter (Duke Chronicle)


Jabari Parker@JabariParker22
Countdown to Cameron Crazies, y'all I just might come out to some Curtis Mayfield. #gotalottasoul thanks to my pop @sonnyp22

“Like I told him, ‘listen first, slow to speak,’” – Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry on what advice he gave rookie Mason Plumlee.


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