Blue Zone


HALFTIME: Georgia Tech 20, Duke 20



Duke's offense is finally coming alive on Senior Day, though the Blue Devils' continued struggles in the red zone have kept them from taking the lead so far.

Duke is even with Georgia Tech 20-20 at halftime at Wallace Wade Stadium, chipping away at an early 14-3 deficit with the help of one of its most impressive plays of the season from Victor Dimukeje. The true freshman defensive end batted a pass from TaQuon Marshall into the air, caught it and dragged Marshall 26 yards into Yellow Jacket territory with 9:57 left in the half for the Blue Devils' first defensive stop of the afternoon.

Although Duke advanced inside the 10-yard line on the ensuing drive, it could only manage a field goal to trim the the deficit to 14-13. But after Georgia Tech quickly extended its lead with an 81-yard touchdown drive, its extra point was blocked, and the Blue Devils finished a well-executed two-minute drill with a two-yard run from Brittain Brown to tie it up. The touchdown marked the first time since Oct. 7 Duke has scored 20 points in an entire game.

Georgia Tech's first drive appeared to be stalled after two straight runs were stuffed, but on third-and-12 from the Duke 35-yard line, Marshall dropped back and found A-back Qua Searcy open downfield for a 35-yard touchdown pass.

The Blue Devils responded immediately with a 39-yard handoff to Shaun Wilson on their first play and marched into the red zone with the good fortune of a Daniel Jones fumble that popped straight to running back Brittain Brown, but their woes continued once they got close to the goal line.

On second down from the one-yard line, Jones tossed an errant pitch that Wilson had to fall on for a loss of 11 at the 12-yard line. Duke nearly turned it over for the third time of the drive on third-and-goal, when the Yellow Jackets dropped an interception, and Austin Parker salvaged the series with a 30-yard field goal to put the Blue Devils on the board.

Georgia Tech finished another long drive with a touchdown to take a two-possession lead, but the Blue Devils matched that score on the other end this time, as Jones threw a critical 11-yard touchdown pass to Wilson on the right sideline on third-and-8. Jones otherwise had a quiet first half, throwing for just 69 yards.

Here are a few observations from the first half:

  • After avoiding many injuries at all for the first two months of the year, two weeks in a row against the triple option have taken their toll. Linebacker Ben Humphreys has been on crutches on the sidelines after a late injury last week, and Jeremy McDuffie left in the first half after his knee buckled on a non-contact injury. Defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord, also went down, but jogged off the field and returned to the game.
  • Duke is putting more of an emphasis on running the ball offensively so far, and it has paid off, with Brown and Wilson combining for 110 yards on 10 carries.
  • The Yellow Jackets have rushed for 239 yards so far and scored a touchdown on every drive aside from their one turnover.
  • Mike Ramsay blocked Georgia Tech's third extra-point attempt, the second time he has blocked a short kick in as many weeks.


Beyond the arc: Struggles from free throw line concerning for Duke



Duke struggled in a 78-61 win against Southern, never able to pull away as expected. The Blue Zone gives three key takeaways, stats and plays, and looks forward for the Blue Devils: 

Three key takeaways

1. Half-court offense struggles

Duke had been deadly in transition, with Trevon Duval pushing the ball up the court and either finishing himself or finding wide-open cutters or shooters. But Southern did a spectacular job of getting back on defense and limiting turnovers and preventing fast-break opportunities for the Blue Devils. When Duke was in the half-court set, the offense looked relatively stagnant and turned the ball over often.

2. Cold shooters

The poor shooting performance against Michigan State was overshadowed by Grayson Allen’s spectacular performance. However, the concerns are definitely present after a second straight struggle from Duke’s backcourt. Gary Trent continued his cold streak going 3-for-11 from the field and 2-for-6 from downtown, often missing wide-open looks. Meanwhile, Duval has yet to find his form outside of the paint, going 3-for-7 overall and 1-for-3 from deep. Allen also fell into a shooting slump, failing to hit a 3-pointer for the first time in nine games and shooting 33.3 percent from the field. 

3. Rebounding

As has been a trend all season, the Blue Devils have absolutely dominated the boards. By pulling down offensive rebounds and getting second-chance points, Duke has been able to overcome poor-shooting percentages and is now averaging 12.2 more rebounds per game than its opponents. Both Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. notched double-doubles—they have combined for five on the young season. 

Three key stats

1. 64.9 percent

Struggles from the charity stripe has been a disturbing trend for the Blue Devils. Friday's 64.9 percent performance was a season-high from the charity stripe—which would be problematic come conference play. Opposing teams may adopt a “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy and could benefit down the stretch if Duke cannot hit its free throws. Bagley, who has gone to the line 18 times, is shooting just 38.9 percent, while his frontcourt mate Carter is shooting 66.7 percent on 21 attempts. Duval has also failed to capitalize on these opportunities, converting on just 58.3 percent of his attempts.

2. Fifteen turnovers

Forced to operate primarily from the half-court, Duke had a season-high 15 turnovers. Many of the miscues were self-inflicted from poor passes to dropped balls as the offense never truly got into a rhythm until late in the first half. As more teams try to slow this potent offense by slowing the pace of the game down, the Blue Devils will need to a better job of running their half-court offense and taking care of the rock

3. Fifty-one rebounds

Duke outrebounded the Jaguars by 17, pulling down 51 boards, 19 of which came on the offensive end. The Blue Devils had three players who collected double-digit misses— Carter and Bagley both had 11 and Trent had 10. With one of the tallest teams in the country, Duke will look to keep up this pace and exploit smaller opponents. 

Three key plays

1. Bagley block – Allen behind-the-back layup

With Duke leading just 30-27 with just under six minutes left in the first, Bagley emphatically sent a Jamar Sandifer jumper in the lane the other way, which Allen scooped up at half-court. He pressed up to the lane and made a sweet around-the-back adjustment to finish with his left hand. The play sparked an extended run that gave the Blue Devils a 10-point cushion entering the break. 

2. Carter’s consecutive blocks

On four straight possessions, Carter swatted away Southern's shot attempts. Just a minute into the second half, he blocked a Jared Sam jumper. 32 seconds later, he disrupted another shot from Sam. Then he blocked Sandifer on two straight layup attempts. Carter had six blocks on the day. 

3. Javin DeLaurier block

Although the game was already decided by that point, DeLaurier had an amazing block with 1:48 left in the game. Following a Jack White turnover, the sophomore forward chased down Mubashar Ali from behind a smashed the layup attempt into the backboard, making the Cameron Crazies erupt. 

Looking forward

After a defining win against Michigan State, Duke was sluggish out of the gates and could not separate itself from the Jaguars, who had lost to Illinois by 47 points in their season opener. Although there should be no call for panic, there are some points of improvement that would go miles in developing this young team. 

Look for improved performance at the charity stripe and more efficient half-court sets against Furman before the Blue Devils head to the PK80 tournament in Oregon, where they could play the likes of No. 8 Florida or No. 18 Gonzaga. 



HALFTIME: Duke 42, Southern 32



With Marvin Bagley III back on the floor, No. 1 Duke utilized a deep bench and recovered from a slow start to lead Southern 42-32 after the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

The Blue Devils struggled with turnovers, with nine giveaways compared to Southern’s five, and allowed the Jaguars to go on a 7-0 run until Bagley ended it by with a pair of free throws. Duke began to hit a rhythm and take the lead after Southern tied the game up twice, as Gary Trent Jr. hit a three and then Bagley swatted the ball down the floor for Allen to score his first points of the game on a layup. Those plays started a 10-0 run to break a 27-27 deadlock.

Right from the start, Bagley and freshman Wendell Carter Jr. found each other for a quick dunk and continued to lead the Blue Devils from that point on. Carter got a block, grabbed the rebound and then hit a triple on the other side of the court all in a row in the early going. 

Bagley did not show much rust despite an injury to his eye that kept him out of most of Tuesday's Michigan State game, scoring 7 points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field in the first five minutes. Through the first 10 minutes of the game, Carter and Bagley accounted for all 19 Blue Devil points, and they finished the half with 26.

Duke continued its focus on offensive rebounding that was present in Tuesday’s game, with Grayson Allen getting his own rebound and lobbing the ball up to Bagley for a dunk. But the senior captain struggled to find his shot in the first half, remaining scoreless through the first 15 minutes.

Here are a few observations from the first half:

  • Duke freshmen dominated play in the first half, accounting for all but four of its first half points.
  • Duke had six turnovers in the first nine minutes, and head coach Mike Krzyzewski had to call an early timeout to settle his team.
  • Southern couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, but the Blue Devils strugglee to hit free throws, going 12-of-21 from the line in the first half.


Key three: Duke needs to stay out of foul trouble



Duke is riding high after taking down No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 Tuesday in the Champions Classic. They will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium and face Southern on Friday. Here are the three keys to the game: 

Don't rush Bagley

After Marvin Bagley III suffered an injury scare when Javin DeLaurier inadvertently poked him in the eye Tuesday against Michigan State, his status going forward is uncertain—although the indications are that it isn’t a serious injury. Nevertheless, Duke has no real need to rush their star forward into action. The Blue Devils need him 100 percent healthy by the time conference play rolls around, so there is no need for him to play against Southern on Friday if he isn’t fully ready. 

Stay out of foul trouble

Although Duke managed to grit out a win against the Spartans, several of its top players were dangerously close to fouling out. With Bagley out, Wendell Carter Jr., DeLaurier and Gary Trent Jr. both played much of the second half with four fouls. Although Bagley’s return would certainly help with this, the Blue Devils will have to play much cleaner basketball going forward if they want to win the ACC regular season crown. 

Keep owning the glass

Duke was historically good on the offensive glass Tuesday, grabbing 25 offensive rebounds for the first time since a 2014 win against Florida State. Against a physical Michigan State team, the Blue Devils outrebounded the Spartans 46-34 overall, including a 25-11 mark on offensive rebounds. 

Southern has a lot of uncertainty at guard, but has a star forward in Jared Sam, who 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last year. Duke will have to keep the 6-foot-10 senior in check on the glass in preparation for the meat of the schedule going forward. 



Duke basketball to don its Blue Devil best for Thanksgiving tournament



With Duke's return to its clean, classic blue and white uniforms this season, there has been plenty of excitement surrounding the Blue Devils' latest aesthetic.

But for next week, black is back—or at least, sort of.

When Duke plays its three games at the PK80 next week in Portland, Ore., the Blue Devils will wear special uniforms that were released by Nike Thursday morning. Duke, along with all the other 15 teams participating in the event, will don a design that features its classic color but also adds in black elements to honor Nike founder Phil Knight's signature look with all black clothing and sunglasses.


The Blue Devils' get-up appears similar to the more modern blue jersey they have worn in years past. The top will be Duke's famous Pantone 287 with white lettering, but all of the outlines will be in black. Down the Blue Devils' blue shorts will be black arrows leading to the standard stylized Iron Duke logo. 

All 16 uniforms are designed similarly, with the teams' signature colors augmented by black accents. Nike has also designed mono-black shoes for the event, featuring "iridescent highlights in an ode to [Knight's] shining shades."

What do you think of these new unis?



Duke in the NBA: Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving starring for Boston



A month into the 2017-18 NBA season, the Blue Zone takes a look at which former Blue Devils are making an impact in the league.

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics: Tatum was thrust into Boston’s permanent starting lineup on opening night after All-Star forward Gordon Hayward suffered a potentially season-ending injury. He has since exceeded all expectations, playing like an seasoned NBA veteran on both ends of the court. 

Tatum is currently averaging 14.0 points per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from 3-point range. He scored 19 points Tuesday night against the Nets, highlighted by a thunderous dunk off a Jaylen Brown alley-oop pass that put an exclamation point on Boston’s 13th straight win. The teenage small forward also ranks fifth in the NBA in defensive win shares, and he has been a key contributor to the Celtics first-ranked defense.

Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics: Irving was ridiculed in the offseason when he decided to part ways with four-time NBA MVP LeBron James in order to try to lead a team to a title on his own. So far, he has proved his doubters wrong by propelling the Celtics to their longest winning streak since the 2008-09 season. 

Irving has been a reliable facilitator and crunch-time scorer throughout their winning streak. The 25-year old point guard has also greatly elevated his game on the defensive end and is one of five Celtics to place in the top 10 in defensive win shares. Though his 20.6 points per game and 32.6 3-point percentage are down from last year, his play appears to be trending upward in recent weeks, highlighted by his November 6 performance against the Atlanta Hawks in which he scored a season-high 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting.

Irving’s season encountered a minor hiccup Friday night when he suffered a facial fracture, but a masked Kyrie returned to action Tuesday night against the Nets after missing just one game and scored 25 points. Irving has now scored 79 points in his last three games, excluding the game he exited due to injury after just two minutes.

The surging Celtics possess the best record in the NBA, having won 13 games in a row following an 0-2 start, with much of the credit due to the contributions of Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum. They will face their toughest challenge yet Thursday night when they host the Golden State Warriors, winners of their last seven.

Luke Kennard, Detroit Pistons: Detroit has been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. Winners of five in a row and eight of their last 10, the 10-3 Pistons are currently in sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. Kennard has seen limited playing time in a strong Detroit backcourt bolstered by the offseason addition of Avery Bradley, having played in just eight games this season.

But the 21-year-old shooting guard had a breakout game Sunday evening against the Heat, scoring 14 points on 6-11 shooting with two 3-pointers. This was his only double-digit performance since scoring 11 against the Wizards in his first appearance of the season. 

Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers: Rivers’ Clippers have lost six games in a row after starting the season 5-2, but he is averaging a new career high of 13.3 points per game, up from 12.0 last season. The Duke product has shot the ball well recently, scoring 24 with four 3-pointers last Tuesday against the Spurs and knocking down another five threes Saturday night against the Pelicans.

Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers: Critics last year were quick to label Brandon Ingram a bust. Though his rookie numbers were lackluster for a second overall pick, through 14 games this season Ingram has improved his game in almost every aspect.

The forward is now averaging a respectable 13.9 points per game and was a key player in the Lakers’ valiant comeback effort against the Boston Celtics last Wednesday, a game in which he scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. 

Justise Winslow, Miami Heat: Justise Winslow has struggled this season, averaging just 6.5 points per game and failing to score double digits in 10 of Miami’s 13 games. Winslow was forced to miss most of last season with a torn labrum, so it appears that the Heat are still figuring out how to properly reintegrate him into their offense.

Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers: Former No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor’s career has run into a bit of a roadblock. The 6-foot-11 Duke star has appeared in just two games for the Sixers and has made it clear that he wants out. Philadelphia is actively shopping Okafor but has been unable to find a trading partner thus far.

J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers: Redick has provided a much-needed veteran presence on a young Philadelphia squad and is a major reason that the 76ers may have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. 

Duke’s all-time leading scorer has been doing what he does best: knocking down 3-pointers. Redick hit seven 3-pointers Saturday against Golden State and six in the previous game against the Kings. Earlier this month, he played his best game of the season, leading the Sixers over the Pacers with a scorching 31 points on 8-of-12 shooting from deep. His shooting percentages have dipped slightly since last season, but his 15.1 points per game are actually a minor increase.



Beyond the arc: Takeaways from Duke's win against No.2 Michigan State



3 Key Takeaways

1.) No Freshmen, No Problem

One of the biggest headlines entering the game was how Duke’s four starting freshmen would handle the big stage early in their college basketball careers. Although they by no means failed to live up to the test, Grayson Allen proved that he should not be forgotten about. With both Gary Trent and Trevon Duval struggling to shoot – combining to go 10-for-34 from the field – and Wendell Carter in foul trouble, Allen exploded for 37 points to lead the Blue Devils to victory down the stretch and remind the world why he should be in the conversation for National Player of the Year.

2.) Deep Bench

As is the question almost every year, how deep would head coach Mike Krzyzewski go into the bench. Typically, in primetime games such as tonight, the rotation goes only about seven deep. However, with Marvin Bagley going down, both Javin DeLaurier and Carter fighting foul trouble, and Marques Bolden still slowly recovering from strep throat, the coaching staff went 10-deep. Jordan Goldwire registered a solid 11 minutes, scoring four points while Antonio Vrankovic provided some energy off the bench for a quick relief stint that saw him score three points. Although the decision to go deep was obviously situational, it is nice to see that Duke has players who can step up when their number is called.

3.) Bagley’s Injury

Arguably the biggest takeaway from the game will be Bagley’s health and the response to the injury. When Bagley was on the floor, there was no question that the Blue Devils were a different team.  They had just gone on an 11-0 run to take a seven-point lead and the six-foot-11 freshman was dominating the glass, grabbing five offensive rebounds in just 10 minutes. However, when he went down after being inadvertently poked in the right eye by teammate DeLaurier, the Spartans went on an extended 22-11 run to take a 34-30 lead. For Duke fans everywhere, hopefully the injury is not long-term as Bagley is truly a once-in-a-generation talent who can take this team far.

3 Key Stats

1.) 37 Points

Without a doubt, the headline tomorrow will be Allen’s phenomenal performance. With the lights on him, the senior connected on 63.4 percent of his attempts downtown, 55 percent overall, and was perfect from the charity stripe. With the game tied at 75, Allen hit Trent who knocked his only three of the game, before canning two of his own triples to give the Blue Devils an 84-77 lead with just 72 seconds to play. His 37 points set a new career high and he now averages over 25 on the season.

2.) 17 Turnovers

After Marvin Bagley went down, Duke transitioned from playing a man-defense to primarily a 2-3 zone. Zone defenses are notoriously hard to execute at the college level, especially with so many freshmen, yet the Blue Devils did find some success. Led by six steals by Trevon Duval – who also recorded his second straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists – Duke forced 17 Michigan State turnovers. Although there were some stretches where the Spartans found open threes or Miles Bridges brilliantly shot over the guards, the scheme most importantly kept Bridges out of the lane and limited him to perimeter looks.

3.) 46 Rebounds

Looking at team shooting-percentages purely, the Blue Devils should not have won the game, shooting 39.5 percent from the field compared to 50.8 percent for the Spartans and only marginally shooting better from deep. However, Duke used its dominating size in the post to pull down 25 offensive rebounds, leading to second-chance opportunities and as a result 15 more shots. As a whole, the Blue Devils outrebounded Michigan State by a 46 to 34 margin. This imposing frontcourt should continue to produce similar results as the season continues.

3 Key Plays

1.) Marvin Bagley Goes Down

With about 10 minutes left in the first half, Bagley and DeLaurier both went up for a defensive board. As the latter came down to the floor, his fingers swiped across Bagley’s right eye and the freshman went down immediately. After being attended to by the medical staff, where he mouthed, “I can’t see,” he was led to locker room. The forward returned to floor in the second half but did not play, and was visibly irritated by his eye that was bloodshot red.

2.) Allen to Trent for a Go-Ahead Triple

With just over three minutes to play, the game was all locked up at 75. Following an Allen miss from deep, DeLaurier scooped up the offensive board and sent it back to the senior. With the Spartans collapsing on him in fear of another Grayson triple, Allen swung the ball to an open Trent who sunk the go-ahead three. The make was a huge moment for the freshman, who had gone 0-for-6 from deep and 2-for-13 from the field up until that point.

3.) Allen puts the Game Away

Among the plethora of Allen highlights from the night – such as his NBA-range shot to end the half – the most important ones were the back-to-back threes to put the game out of reach. Throughout the contest, Allen kept Duke competitive as his teammates struggled to make baskets. With 2:28 left, following offensive boards from DeLaurier and Trent, Allen connected over Bridges on the left wing to give the Blue Devils a six-point lead. After a Jaren Jackson jumper that cut the deficit to four, Allen responded with another three at the key with two seconds left in the shot clock to put the nail in the coffin.

Looking Forward

This team truly has the pieces to be something special.  Despite battling injuries, foul trouble, and poor shooting, the Blue Devils were able to defeat the No.2 team in the country. Assuming the Bagley injury is not severe and Duke improves on its subpar free throw percentage, all the tools are there for a deep run and tonight showed the toughness and adaptability of the team. With a point guard who now boasts a 7.5 assist-to-turnover ratio to go along with four steals per game, a shooter in Allen who is now 65.4 percent from deep, and bigs that have been cleaning up on both ends of the floor, the season will be exciting to watch.



Duke in the NFL: Week 10



Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins

After sitting out last week’s game due to a hamstring injury, Crowder posted an impressive performance on Sunday against Minnesota. Crowder had 76 yards on four receptions, averaging 19 yards per reception. 36 of his yards came in the third quarter when Kirk Cousins lofted a ball to Crowder who was eventually forced out of bounds at the five yard line. Crowder and Washington eventually fell to the Vikings 38-30.

Ross Cockrell, CB, New York Giants

A week after playing much of the game defensively for the Giants, Cockrell did not start Sunday against San Francisco. After being “suspended indefinitely,” Janoris Jenkins was back on the field against the 49ers, replacing Cockrell. The Giants displayed an embarrassing performance, losing to the previously-winless 49ers 31-21. 

Vincent Rey, LB, Cincinnati Bengals 

Rey bounced back after last week’s performance with six tackles Sunday against Tennessee. Rey and the Bengals defense, however, had trouble stopping Marcus Mariota and the Titans’ offense, allowing Mariota to throw for 264 yards and rush for 51 more. The Titans won the game 24-20. 

Laken Tomlinson, G, San Francisco 49ers 

Tomlinson and the 49ers won their first game on Sunday, posting 31 points against the Giants. Behind Tomlinson and the line, CJ Beathard threw for 288 yard and two touchdowns and Carlos Hyde Rushed for 98 yards. Tomlinson and the 49ers look to win their second game of the season against Seattle.  



HALFTIME: Duke 38, Michigan State 34



CHICAGO—After playing just two games of college basketball, Duke’s highly-touted freshmen overcame early jitters at the Champions Classic against No. 2 Michigan State at the United Center until Marvin Bagley III’s injury stalled the Blue Devils.

No. 1 Duke leads the Spartans 38-34 through 20 minutes after leading by as many as 10 points. Grayson Allen led the way with 14 first-half points and made a deep triple at the buzzer to give the Blue Devils a two-possession cushion. Bagley dominated the glass with six rebounds before he left for the locker room midway through the first half when Javin DeLaurier inadvertently poked him in the eye, forcing him to exit the game. His status for the rest of the game is uncertain. 

Duke started out discombobulated, making just two of its first 15 shots and getting owned by the Spartans in transition at the United Center. Michigan State scored 10 of its first 12 points in the paint, but the Blue Devils hung around by taking an early 15-2 edge on the offensive glass and getting to the free throw line, making six of their first seven attempts, though they went cold and are now just 11-of-18. 

Once Duke found its shot, it surged ahead of the Spartans with an 13-0 run to take a 21-12 lead midway through the half—a scoring drought of nearly six minutes for Michigan State. 

After Bagley retreated to the locker room, Michigan State forced Duke into a nearly five-minute scoring drought that brought it back, when the Spartans went on an 11-0 run in 1:44 to regain the lead. 

The Blue Devils used a 2-3 zone to largely shut down preseason national player of the year favorite Miles Bridges, who scored just three points. Trevon Duval has struggled mightily from the field for Duke, hitting just 2-of-9 field goal attempts, and Gary Trent Jr. is just 2-of-10. Michigan State has repeatedly turned the Blue Devils away in the paint with eight blocks.

Here are a few observations from the first half:

  • Even before Bagley's injury, head coach Mike Krzyzewski has used a deep rotation, with 10 players seeing time—DeLaurier, Jordan Goldwire, Antonio Vrankovic, Marques Bolden and Alex O'Connell have all come off the bench. 
  • The Blue Devils have been unable to do anything to stop freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr., who has 10 points and five rebounds. 
  • Goldwire scored his first points at Duke with a 3-pointer with 10:58 left in the first half. 
  • DeLaurier picked up his third foul late in the half, which could prove critical if Bagley cannot return.


Former Duke fencer makes history as model for Barbie in hijab



Duke has five men's basketball national championships, a Lego mural in ESPN’s studios and now a Barbie modeled after one of its former athletes. 

Mattel announced its first hijab-donning Barbie Monday, modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, a former Duke fencer and the first American to earn an Olympic medal while wearing a hijab.

The toy, which will hit stores in 2018, was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year summit. 


Many other female athletes have had dolls modeled after them as a part of Barbie's Shero collection, including ballerina Misty Copeland and gymnast Gabby Douglas. 

Muhammad competed for the Blue Devils from 2004-2007, earning All-American honors three times as a saber. She didn't waste much time once she got to Durham, finishing 49-8 in her freshman year en route to earning her first All-American honors. 

Years after graduating in 2007, Muhammad qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, but fell in the second round of the individual sabre competition. However, she made history in the team competition. 

Along with three other Americans, Muhammad captured a bronze medal in the team competition by downing Italy 45-30—making Muhammad the first female Muslim-American to earn a medal for the United States.