Duke basketball 2012-13 season awards

Staff writerApril 23, 2013 

Easter Sunday marked the official end of the Duke basketball season, but the team gathered together one more time last weekend to celebrate the year that was. Here are the awards that were given out at the annual banquet:

Swett-Baylin Award (MVP) – Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee

Bill Krzyzewski Captains Award – Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee

Dr. Deryl Hart Award (Top Scholar-Athlete) - Mason Plumlee

Glenn E. "Ted" Mann Award (Reserve Contributing Most to Team Morale) – Tyler Thornton

Pagliuca Family Coach's Award (Player Exemplifying the Commitment and Values of Duke Basketball while Displaying Overall Improvement) – Seth Curry

Iron Duke Award (Most Minutes Played) – Mason Plumlee

True Blue Award (Most Charges Taken) – Josh Hairston

Best Field Goal Percentage – Mason Plumlee

Best Free Throw Percentage - Seth Curry

Best Defensive Player – Ryan Kelly

Best Rebounding Average - Mason Plumlee

Most Assists – Quinn Cook

Gopal Varadhan Manager Award - Kyle Mumma, Kate Wheelock, John McGinty

Harry Rainey Spirit Award - Larissa Musgrave

Charles Hogan Memorial Band Award - Katie Harper

Fine and dandy. To officially close out my coverage of the 2012-13 basketball season, here is one shining moment for each player:

Mason Plumlee: Put the team on his back to save the Blue Devils from an embarrassing, head-scratching loss to an inferior team with a career-high 32 points at Wake Forest.

runner-up: Hit two free throws to tie the game at Boston College with less than a minute remaining and hit the game-winning free throw in the 62-61 victory.

Seth Curry: A crazy first half at UNC, when he made his first seven shots, including one from a seated position as he slipped in the lane. He finished that half with 18 points, and UNC was down by so much that the second half was a mere formality.

runner-up: Curry finally had a strong showing at Virginia Tech, his father’s alma mater. He hit 5-of-6 3-pointers for 19 first-half points.

Ryan Kelly: Turned in one of the best individual performances in Cameron history with a career-high 36 points on just 14 shots from the field against Miami, his first game back from his foot injury.

runner-up: Continued his Wake Forest-killing tradition with 22 point in 18 minutes (foul trouble prevented him from playing more). Entering this season, three of Kelly’s four games with 20 or more points had come against the Demon Deacons.

Quinn Cook: Played his best basketball of the season in the Bahamas, highlighted by a 15-point, six assists performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game win against Louisville

runner-up: That 12-point, eight assists line a few days later against Ohio State was pretty stellar, too. A high lob to Mason Plumlee turned into one of the best dunks on the year.

Rasheed Sulaimon: Ended his own personal mini slump and helped get Duke back on track with 25 points on 6-of-8 3-point shooting in a home win against Maryland. It was a must-win for the Blue Devils, who were coming off that embarrassing loss at Miami.

runner-up: It would be most un-Duke like to have a shining moment come from a loss (see Jeff Capel’s reaction today to his famous shot against UNC in 1995 as evidence of that), but the three free throws Sulaimon hit in the final seconds of the game at Maryland were huge for a young player. Not many freshmen can calmly sink three in a row to tie the game at 81-81 with 16 seconds left.

Tyler Thronton: His main contribution to the team—defensive toughness—was personified at UNC, as he chased down a loose ball and knocked it off of Reggie Bullock as he was sliding out of bounds to give Duke possession. That highlight is in the above video if you need a refresher.

Josh Hairston: In the second game of the year against Kentucky, Mason Plumlee went to the bench for six key minutes early in the second half with foul trouble. Hairston stepped up, scoring two baskets off of offensive rebounds as Duke extended its lead and went on to win.

Amile Jefferson: After struggling to play without fouling at N.C. State, his first time seeing extended action, Jefferson rebounded with a strong performance against Georgia Tech. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski saw enough to give Jefferson the starting nod for the next six games. Jefferson’s development was crucial in the Blue Devils’ efforts to keep progressing without Kelly.

Alex Murphy: It seemingly came out of nowhere: against Cornell, Murphy took the ball from the top of the key and ripped down the lane for a dunk. It was, by far, his most athletic moment of the season, which was largely filled with struggles. I remember thinking after that dunk that maybe that’s what everyone saw in Murphy. Time will tell if that athleticism and dominance becomes more of the norm or if it was just an aberration.

Marshall Plumlee: He never could get healthy—today’s foot surgery puts an exclamation point on that—but he scored his first (and only) basket of the year against Wake Forest.

Todd Zafirovski: One of the neatest moments of the year came when the former walk-on scored his first career basket against Delaware. He played a career-high six minutes in that game.

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