Posted by Laura Keeley on April 17, 2014
The tears were flowing Wednesday night at Duke’s end-of-season basketball banquet, particularly when focusing on those who will leave the program.
No, not Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood— those announcements would come Thursday. At the official celebration of Duke’s season, all four departing seniors spoke, as did new Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who left last month after 15 years as an assistant, which followed his four-year playing career in Durham. He flew down in his private plane, a perk of the new job, he said.
Former walk-on turned scholarship player Todd Zafirovski spoke of how he would be most proud of the two Duke degrees he earned in his five years (he also shared a story about accidentally yawning in a practice with Wojciechowski his freshman year, which resulted in him getting sent to the locker room). Andre Dawkins thanked the players and coaches for welcoming him back after his year away to cope with depression, for just treating him like one of the guys, which was all he ever wanted (and learning from Zafirovski’s mistake and never yawning at practice).
Posted by Laura Keeley on April 9, 2014
It was impossible to know back on Oct. 16 that the most clairvoyant statement of the 2013-14 college basketball season was about to be spoken into existence.
Posted by Laura Keeley on March 31, 2014
Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski is interviewing for the head coach position at Marquette, a source close to the situation confirmed Monday. Wojciechowski, 37, did not return a call for comment.
Posted on March 21, 2014
Replay the game with our live updates, commentary and photos from the Duke Blue Devils facing the Mercer Bears in NCAA action at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
Posted by Laura Keeley on March 20, 2014
The story in Friday’s paper, about Jabari Parker trying to channel his inner Carmelo Anthony and lead Duke to a title, references a list of 21 specific players from 2003-2013. Those 21 guys were a) one-and-done lottery picks; b) significant contributors to their teams (as defined by Ken Pomeroy as using at least 20 percent of their team’s possessions while on the floor); c) “carried” their team by either leading in points, rebounds or assists.
Posted on March 16, 2014
Replay the game with our updates, commentary and photos from the Duke Blue Devils vying with the Virginia Cavaliers for the ACC tournament championship at the Greensboro Coliseum.