Hank Tucker |
Before the NBA Draft begins Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski is making the most of his trip to New York.
Krzyzewski will ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell at the stock exchange in honor of the Emily K Center and all first-generation college students at 9:15 a.m. The event will be streamed live on Nasdaq's Facebook page.
The Emily K Center, named after Krzyzewski's mother, was founded by the head coach in 2006 and helps low-income students in Durham get to college. Every graduating high school senior that went through the "Scholars to College" program last year will attend college, with one going to Pennsylvania and becoming the first student in the program ever to attend an Ivy League school.
Jack Dolgin |
It was a day of remarkable pride for city, country—and university.
On June 23, 1996, Duke track and field head coach Al Buehler reunited with former N.C. Central head coach LeRoy Walker to light the Olympic cauldron twice in Durham on its way to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics the following month. Buehler stood for more than a minute with the torch in front of the Duke Chapel, greeted by more than a thousand onlookers and "with the chapel bells playing the Olympics' theme song," according to The Chronicle.
The torch came to Durham at the request of Walker, who was then president of the U.S. Olympic Committee and had been the Eagles' head coach for 28 years from 1945 to 1974. He and Buehler developed a relationship during Buehler’s 60 years at Duke, as the Blue Devil coach let N.C. Central's all-black team practice at Duke’s track in the midst of racial segregation in the United States.
Buehler's accomplishments, in fact, are quite many. He drove Tommie Smith and John Carlos back from the Olympic Village to the airport at the 1968 Games after they were kicked out of the residential area following their historic Black Power salute for their respective first- and third-place finishes in the 200-meter dash. Read more »
Ben Leonard Hank Tucker, Mitchell Gladstone, Sameer Pandhare, |
With Thursday night's 2017 NBA Draft approaching, four of The Chronicle’s editors in the sports department share their thoughts on landing spots for the top four Blue Devil prospects in this year’s draft class, as well as their predictions on how the lottery selections will shake out later this week in Brooklyn.
V.113 Sports Editor and V.112 Blue Zone Editor
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Riley Pfaff |
Although they failed to repeat the program’s thrilling run of 2016, three Blue Devils nevertheless found some reward for their work this season, as they heard their names called Wednesday on Day 3 of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Junior first baseman Justin Bellinger, redshirt junior pitcher James Ziemba and sophomore outfielder Jimmy Herron were selected at Nos. 647, 655 and 932 overall, respectively. Bellinger went to the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round—becoming the first Duke player to be drafted in 2017— just eight spots ahead of Ziemba, who was picked by the Los Angeles Angels.
In the 31st round, Herron became the program’s first outfielder selected since 2009, going to the New York Yankees.
All three still have the option to return to school next year if they do not agree to terms with the teams that drafted them. Read more »