Duke basketball season highlights: Josh Hairston

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This week on The Blue Zone we will be running down the top three performances from the 2013-2014 season of each of the departing Blue Devils. Today, we take a look at Josh Hairston.

Josh Hairston, Forward, Senior

3) Dec. 19, 2013 vs. UCLA: In a big win for a Blue Devil team that had struggled to compete with top talent at that point in the season, Hairston was perfect from the field, collecting four points on 2-of-2 shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist. Two of Hairston’s three rebounds were on the offensive end and gave Duke opportunities to earn second-chance points in what was a hotly-contested game. Hairston’s assist came on the first possession of the second half on a Jabari Parker 3-pointer that gave Duke the lead. The Blue Devils went on to win the contest 80-63.

2) Nov. 18, 2013 vs... Read more

Duke basketball career highlights: Todd Zafirovski

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This week on The Blue Zone we will be running down the top three performances from the 2013-2014 season of each of the departing Blue Devils. Today, we take a look at Todd Zafirovski, recapping the best moments of his career.

Todd Zafirovski, Forward, Graduate Student

Honorable Mention: March 18, 2011 vs. Hampton:

Zafirovski didn’t enter the scoring column in this game, but he did get to say that he played in the NCAA tournament in Duke’s opening round blowout against the Pirates. The Lake Forest, Ill. native registered a "double trillion" in the game—meaning he played two minutes and accrued no stats. His monumental exclusion from that year’s "One Shining Moment" montage still irks true Blue Devil fans to this day.

3. Nov. 19, 2011 vs. Colgate:

It was the game that launched 1,000 chants. In Zafirovski’s first extended appearance on the big stage of Cameron Indoor Stadium, he played four minutes... Read more

Duke in the NBA: 8 former Blue Devils advance to the playoffs

Miles Plumlee, Phoenix Suns: Plumlee did not quite finish off his season as well as he would have liked. The big man averaged 5.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Suns’ last eight games, as they lost the eighth seed in the West to the Grizzlies. Still, Plumlee had an exceptional year by his standards and was a key cog in the Suns’ surprising playoff push. Plumlee’s strong and consistent play should earn him a spot on some ballots for the Most Improved Player award.

Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets: The second of the “Plum-dog Millionares” ended his season on an absolute tear, averaging 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds during his final six games. He also made one of the plays of the year with this monstrous game-saving block on an attempted Lebron James throw-down.

Report: Rodney Hood to enter NBA draft

Blue Devil forward Rodney Hood could be the second Duke player to enter the NBA draft early.

Blue Devil forward Rodney Hood could be the second Duke player to enter the NBA draft early.

Redshirt sophomore Rodney Hood will declare for the 2014 NBA draft, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday afternoon.

The Meridian, Miss., native recently completed his first season with the Blue Devils after playing his freshman season at Mississippi State. Hood, who also fulfilled the role of team captain, averaged 16.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for Duke and earning second-team All-ACC honors.

Wojnarowski's report indicates that Hood and Duke are still days away from an official announcement regarding his decision. Should Hood enter the 2014 draft, he is expected to be a first round pick and could potentially sneak up into the lottery.

The move should come as little surprise to Duke fans as head coach Read more

Duke basketball holds annual awards banquet to honor players, Wojciechowski

2013-14 Duke Men’s Basketball Awards

Duke held its annual end of the year awards banquet Wednesday night. Although most of the awards were based on season statistics set in stone nearly a month ago, the night was not without its surprises, as well as a few teary moments from graduating seniors, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and former associate head coach and current Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who took the stage to say his official goodbyes following a video tribute to his court-slapping days as both a player and coach.

Duke among Chase Jeter's top 6 schools

Duke is among the top six schools vying for Bishop Gorman forward Chase Jeter, who is ranked as the No. 35 played in the Class of 2015 by ESPN. The 6-foot-10 forward said he is hoping to commit to a school early this summer.

Luke Kennard is Duke's lone Class of 2015 commit thus far. He and Jeter visited Duke in March for the Blue Devils' matchup with North Carolina.

Rice transfer Sean Obi to visit Duke this weekend

As the month of April rages on, Myles Turner isn't the only big man the Blue Devils are trying to land.

Former Rice forward Sean Obi is on campus for a visit with Duke this weekend, as first reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The 6-foot-9 Nigerian averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds during his freshman season with the Owls, leading Conference-USA in rebounding.

Academics should play a major factor in Obi's decision. He took a visit to Vanderbilt last weekend, and Northwestern and Virginia are reportedly in hot pursuit as well. Obi would not be eligible to play immediately and would have to sit out the 2014-15 season.

Hitting the transfer market for big men has become a go-to move for the Blue Devils as of late. Duke flirted heavily with former Memphis forward Tarik Black before he ultimately chose Kansas instead of the Blue Devils last summer.

Jay Williams: 'I would be shocked' if Jabari Parker stayed at Duke

With Duke nation still anxiously awaiting Jabari Parker's decision regarding his NBA future, former Blue Devil Jay Williams spoke on ESPN's Olbermann Tuesday night about the freshman phenom's decision-making process.

Williams said that Parker is "his own kind of individual" and "wants to make his own decision," but ultimately said he "would be shocked if he stayed" because of the way that financial structures work in the NBA. Because of the recent institution of the rookie payscale by the league's new collective bargaining agreement, players are trying to work through their rookie contracts as quickly as possible so they can have as many max contracts during their career as possible. Williams cited Brooklyn Nets start Kevin Garnett, who has made more than $340 million in his NBA career since coming straight out of high school, as an example.

Duke basketball goes barnstorming

There are four opportunities left to see some Blue Devil fan-favorites back in action.

As has become tradition, the departing members of North Carolina's four ACC schools have teamed up to take part in the 36th annual ACC Barnstorming Tour.

Andre Dawkins, Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston and Todd Zafirovski are all competing on this year's tour, which runs April 9 through April 25. The traveling squad opened the series in Bassett, Va., but will stick to high school gyms in North Carolina for the rest of the tour.

Each game, played against a compilation of all-stars from the host county, features a 3-point shootout and dunk contest at halftime. Revered for his success from behind the arc during his time in Durham, Dawkins took home dunk contest honors on opening night of the tour. You can catch two of his throw-downs at the tail-end of this Read more

Duke alum Streelman tied for 10th after 2 rounds at Masters

Duke alum Kevin Streelman is tied for 10th at one-under-par after 36 holes at the 2014 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Streelman—the 45th ranked player in the world—opened with an even-par 72 late in Thursday’s first round and carded a one-under-par 71 Friday morning, taking advantage of calmer conditions. The winds picked up Friday afternoon and the golf course dried out, making the famous 7,435-yard layout play even tougher.

Streelman is making his third appearance at the Masters after missing the cut in 2011 and 2013. The Winfield, Ill., native turned pro in 2001 after graduating from Duke.

Streelman struggled early in his career, but burst onto the scene in 2008, when he finished tied for the lead at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego after 18 holes. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound golfer was unable to sustain his strong play, finishing tied for 53rd... Read more