DURHAM, N.C.—A trio of Blue Devils is among the 50 players selected to the 2019 Tewaaraton Award watch list as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation Thursday night. Junior JT Giles-Harris and seniors Brad Smith and Cade Van Raaphorst represent Duke on the prestigious list.
Duke’s three players recognized are the second most of any program, trailing Yale’s four picks. It is the second consecutive year Van Raaphorst has been among the 50 nominees, while Smith and Giles-Harris earn the nod for the first time.
Smith, playing a new position at attack after spending three years in the midfield, is arguably who makes Duke’s offense run smoothly. After a breakout season in which he totaled 65 and earned USILA First-Team All-America honors, Smith has had to make adjustments to a new role for the Blue Devils.
The Mountain Lakes, N.J., native missed the first couple of games due to injury, but has started to hit his stride after tallying three goals and three assists in a 17-7 win over Penn February 23. In his three starting assignments, Smith has four goals and seven assists for 11 points, ranking fourth on the team.
Giles-Harris and Van Raaphorst are the anchors to the Blue Devil defense. Both were All-America selections last year, with Van Raaphorst picking up first-team honors, and have not skipped a beat this season. They are the top two takeaway artists with eight and nine caused turnovers, respectively, and always pick up the toughest defensive assignments. Against Denver, Giles-Harris held the Pioneer’s top scorer in Ethan Walker to just one shot en route to garnering USILA Team of the Week honors.
The Blue Devils, ranked sixth this week, travel to Richmond to take on the 16th-ranked Spiders March 1 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.