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College Notebook: Duke football welcomes early enrollees

Duke football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday the addition of three players and return of a fourth to the Blue Devil program. Running back Jela Duncan, tight end Daniel Helm, defensive lineman Marquies Price and offensive lineman Reno Rosene all have enrolled at Duke for the spring semester.

Duncan, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound native of Charlotte, returns to the program following a one year suspension from the institution. A two-year letterman in 2012-13, he has appeared in 26 career games at Duke, rushing 222 times for 1,115 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 32 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. Beginning with the 2015 campaign, Duncan will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Helm, a 6-4, 240-pound native of Chatham, Ill., transferred to Duke after playing the 2014 season at the University of Tennessee. Appearing in all 12 games for the Volunteers, he caught six passes for 37 yards. Helm will sit out the 2015 campaign in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations and have three seasons of eligibility beginning in the fall of 2016.

Both Price and Rosene graduated from high school this past fall.

Men’s Basketball

N.C. Central: Senior forward Jordan Parks has been named to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I mid-major player of the year.

A native of Queens, New York, Parks leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and ranks fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage (64.1 percent), while ranking seventh in the league in scoring at 14.6 points per game and eighth rebounding at 7.1 boards per game.

Women’s Basketball

North Carolina: Sophomore Allisha Gray is among 20 players included on The John R. Wooden Award Women’s Midseason List Wednesday. The list is chosen by a poll of national college women’s college basketball media members.

Gray is averaging 16.6 points and 7.7 rebounds for the 12th-ranked Tar Heels.

Duke: Senior center Elizabeth Williams is among the top 20 players on the John R. Wooden Award’s women’s midseason list.

A three-time Associated Press All-America selection, Williams has guided Duke to a 13-5 overall record and a 4-1 mark in ACC play. The 6-3 center from Virginia Beach, Va., is averaging 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.


Duke: In the first edition of the Coaches Poll, the Duke men’s fencing team enters the 2015 season ranked ninth. On the women’s side, the Blue Devils just missed the top 10, earning 50 voting points to rank behind No. 10 Stanford with 56 points. Topping the polls are Penn State on the men’s side and Notre Dame on the women’s side.

The Duke fencing teams opened the season with strong performances Saturday at the Western Invitational. The men posted a 4-1 record, while the women finished the meet with a mark of 5-1. The Blue Devils also garnered two conference honors after the opening weekend, as freshmen Jan Maceczek and Haley Fisher were named Male ACC Fencer of the Week and Co-Female ACC Fencer of the Week, respectively.

•  Duke freshman Haley Fisher

earned Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week honors after an undefeated performance in her collegiate debut. This latest award comes on the heels of Fisher being selected as the Co-Female ACC Fencer of the Week, announced by the conference office Tuesday.

A native of Kennesaw, Ga., Fisher helped guide the Duke women’s fencing team to a 5-1 record at the Western Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., hosted by Air Force. The freshman posted a team-best 17-0 mark at the event, competing against Northwestern, Stanford, Cal Tech, Brandeis, UC San Diego and Air Force.

The Blue Devil fencing teams will be back in action this weekend, traveling to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Philadelphia Invitational Jan. 24-25. The women are slated to compete Saturday against Drew, Penn, Fairleigh Dickinson, Haverford and Cornell, while the men will be in action Sunday against Drew, NJIT, Penn, Sacred Heart and Haverford.