College Notebook

College Notebook: Alexis Jones leaving Duke for Baylor women’s basketball team

From Wire and News ReleasesJuly 8, 2014 

— Alexis Jones will play at Baylor after starting every women’s basketball game she played at Duke the past two seasons.

Baylor announced late Monday that Jones had signed a financial aid agreement to attend the Big 12 school. She tore the ACL in her left knee during February and missed the Blue Devils’ final seven games.

Jones, a 5-foot-8 guard from MacArthur High in Irving, Texas, will sit out the 2014-15 season and then have two seasons of eligibility remaining. She averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals in two seasons at Duke, and was the ACC tournament most valuable player as a freshman.

Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie has said she supports Jones’ decision. Jones said she wanted to be closer to her family.

Football

Duke: Braxton Deaver, a 6-5, 240-pound redshirt senior, was named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which honors the top tight end in college football. Deaver had 46 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns last season and was a third-team All-ACC choice.

• Redshirt junior Matt Skura is on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given to college football’s top center. Skura, 6-4 and 305 pounds, started all 14 games last season when the Blue Devils won the ACC Coastal Division.

Women’s Soccer

Duke: Kim DeCesare signed a professional contract with Eskilstuna United DFF of the Damallsvenskan League, which is the highest division of women’s soccer in Sweden. DeCesare was drafted by the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League in January with the 34th overall selection of the fourth round. She will begin competing with Eskilstuna United DFF on July 21.

Men’s Tennis

Wake Forest: Jeremy Feldman will return as assistant coach, head coach Tony Bresky announced. Feldman, a Deacons volunteer assistant during the 2012-13 season, spent the past year as assistant coach at Denver, helping lead the Pioneers to the Summit League championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

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