DURHAM — Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named to the 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award preseason watch list, announced Monday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Parker, a preseason All-America selection by several publications, has established himself as a key contributor for the Blue Devils. During two exhibitions, Parker averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. He also shot 52.9 percent (nine of 17) from the field and 71.4percent (10 of 14) from the foul line. Parker will open his collegiate career Friday at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Davidson (7 p.m., ESPNU).
The Tisdale Award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year April 14 in Oklahoma City.
Parker is joined on the list by Kansas Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden; Kentuckys Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young; Syracuses Tyler Ennis; Arizonas Aaron Gordon; and Floridas Kasey Hill.
Duke: Riding a six-match winning streak, the Blue Devils climbed three spots to No.15 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll. Monday marks the first time the Blue Devils have been ranked among the top 15 since Duke held the No.14 position on Nov. 5, 2007.
Winners of 16 of their past 17 matches, the Blue Devils (20-3, 11-1) are in first place in the ACC standings, leading No. 18 Florida State by one match.
The Blue Devils boast one of the top offenses in the country as Duke leads the league and ranks fifth nationally in both kills per set (15.0) and assists per set (13.9). Led by senior Ali McCurdy, the ACCs all-time digs leader, the Blue Devils are also tops in the ACC in digs per set average (16.1).
Duke will play on the road this weekend against Maryland (Friday) and Pittsburgh (Sunday).
Campbell: Freshman Craig Hornberger shot par 72 and Campbell moved up to 16th place after the second round of the Wendys Kiawah Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C. The final round will be Tuesday.
Hornberger made three birdies Monday on the 7,061-yard Turtle Point layout and is tied for 38th place at 8-over 152 after 36 holes.
Sophomore Jeremy Milton also made three birdies en route to a 75. Sophomore Jared Carver shot 77, and Amanjyot Singh and Alvaro Veiga both shot 78.
No.33 South Carolina is at 7-under 569 and leads the 18-team field by 20 strokes over Presbyterian and Marquette.
Nick Nelson (137) of Marquette is the individual leader through two rounds, two strokes ahead of South Carolinas Will Starke.
Durham Sports Club
The Durham Sports Clubs next meeting will be at noon Wednesday at Croasdaile Country Club. The guest speaker will be John Danowski, coach of the Duke mens lacrosse team.
Danowski is 111-29 in his seven seasons as coach, leading Duke to six ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles, seven appearances in the national semifinals, three in the NCAA title match and ultimately to the 2010 and 2013 national titles.
Guests are welcome; their cost is $25.
Raleigh Sports Club
Dante DiMaggio of the Cardinal Gibbons High football team will be recognized Wednesday as the RSC Student Athlete of the Week.
Bill Hensley, retired Wake Forest and N.C. State sports information director, will be the special guest speaker. Hensley, a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, will discuss the history of the ACC.
The RSC, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, expects a capacity crowd.
Meetings are at Bradley Hall in Highland UMC on Ridge Road. Buffet lines will open at 11:30 a.m.; the meeting is from noon to 1 p.m.