DURHAM — Duke basketball players Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly, who won an NCAA championship as freshmen in April, picked up another title on Sunday.
The Blue Devils duo helped D1 Sports defeat Hendrick of Durham 135-124 in the championship game of the 2010 S.J.G. Greater NC ProAm's summer league tournament.
"Winning this was great, but not quite as good as winning the NCAA championship," said Kelly, who scored 16 points Sunday. "We didn't get to cut down the nets this time."
Dawkins, who scored 18 as the team's third-highest scorer, added, "Yeah, and after tonight, we get to rub it in the other guys' faces."
Kelly also won the Rodney Rogers Spirit Award for sportsmanship.
"It's a great honor to be given this award that's not just for my basketball ability, but something else that I take pride in," said Kelly, who played in last year's summer league as a Ravens croft graduate. "It's been great, and this league is a very special league, and it's filled with guys that really want to compete."
Both Duke players were in the starting lineup for D1 Sports, along with former N.C. State standout and current Atlanta Hawk Josh Powell (33 points), former UNC star and current New York Knick Raymond Felton (28 points) and Marcus Fisher (31 points) of the Tru Hope Trailblazers, a semipro team in Norfolk, Va.
Fisher was named the tournament MVP.
Hendrick of Durham featured Jawad Williams of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Wiley, an East Carolina graduate.
Competition between the two teams was fairly even throughout, with the game getting pretty fierce for a summer league - including Kelly taking a charge in the first half.
The announcer, on more than one occasion, pointed out how serious the players looked as they blocked one another and went in for fouls.
"No team wants to lose, and both teams want to win," he said late in the third quarter.
The players now go their separate ways. Perhaps Sunday night's intensity was just a preview of what will come.