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Duke basketball season highlights: Jabari Parker

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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 Jabari Parker.

Jabari Parker, Forward, Freshman

3) Jan. 22, 2014 at Miami: Parker showed exactly how dominant he can be in the paint in this matchup against the Hurricanes during which he collected 15 rebounds. Six of those boards came on the offensive glass and gave the Blue Devils opportunities to earn second-chance points. Parker also led Duke defensively with three big blocks, helping his team surrender only 46 points to the Hurricanes—a season-low for the Blue Devils. Although Parker was always an incredible offensive threat, it was when he was at the top of his game defensively that he truly looked like an NBA-ready player... Read more

2014 big man Myles Turner to announce Wednesday on ESPNU

Already boasting one of the most talented recruiting classes in program history, Duke has one final chance to up the ante when center Myles Turner announces his college decision Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The 7-footer from Bedford, Texas—ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2014—will announce his college decision live on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation. Turner is currently considering seven schools: Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas and Texas A&M.

One of the hottest prospects in the nation, Turner has shot up recruiting boards in the past year since his standout performance at the NBPA Top 100 camp. He visited Duke in March for the North Carolina game. Turner is one of just three recruits in the ESPN100 who have yet to choose a school... Read more

Duke basketball season highlights: Rodney Hood

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

Rodney Hood, Forward, Redshirt Sophomore

3) Nov. 19, 2013 vs. East Carolina:
After torching Davidson and Florida Atlantic for 50 points on 17-of-21 shooting combined in two of his first four games as a Blue Devil, Hood continued his efficient scoring against the Pirates. The Mississippi State transfer played all 40 minutes, scoring a season-high 30 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and 12-of-12 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds, leading Duke to an 83-74 victory. Hood showed he could be a reliable scorer down the stretch of close games, and would go on to knock down the game-winning free throws in the Blue Devils' 91-90 win against Vermont in his next game.

2) Jan. 27, 2014 at. Pittsburgh
: Although Hood's offensive performance was not spectacular by his standards, the Meridian Miss... Read more

Duke basketball season highlights: Tyler Thornton

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

Tyler Thornton, Guard, Senior

3) Dec. 3, 2013 vs. Michigan:
Thornton contributed heavily to Duke's gritty defensive effort in the Blue Devils' 79-69 win, their first win of the season against a ranked opponent. Along with freshman guard Matt Jones, Thornton played a major role in denying Michigan's best player—Nik Stauskastouches. Stauskas finished with just four points and only had two shot attempts for the game. In addition to his stellar defensive performance, Thornton knocked down two 3-pointers to collect six points. He also grabbed two boards and handed out one assist.

2) Feb. 22, 2014 vs. Syracuse
: As has been the case throughout his career, Thornton helped swing a game's momentum with his energy on defense. The Washington, D.C... Read more

ACC releases conference matchups for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Duke-Syracuse rematch set

The ACC released the conference matchups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons Tuesday morning. The Blue Devils' schedule, particularly their slate of road games, will be among the toughest in the conference next season.

With this being the third year in conference history that each team has played 18 conference games, the level of competition will be higher than ever, with newcomer Louisville being added to many teams'—including Duke's—schedule.

“It's exciting to look ahead to our league's basketball schedule, as there's no shortage of quality conference games,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “This two-year alignment will allow for outstanding opportunities that will highlight our teams and players while providing our fans with continually appealing matchups.”

Following the two instant-classics Duke and Syracuse played this past year in the Orange's first season in the ACC, the two teams will once again face off twice next season... Read more

Duke basketball season highlights: Andre Dawkins

Brianna Siracuse / The Chronicle
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 Andre Dawkins.

Andre Dawkins, Guard, Graduate Student

3) Dec. 28, 2013 vs. Eastern Michigan: In one of his most complete performances of the season, Dawkins tallied 20 points, grabbed two rebounds and recorded two steals in Duke's 82-59 win. All of Dawkins' field goal attempts were launched from beyond the arc, and he shot an impressive 6-of-10 from distance in 26 minutes.

2) Feb. 1, 2014 at Syracuse: Playing a season-high 28 minutes due to both to his shooting prowess and mounting foul woes for his teammates, Dawkins scored 14 points in a losing effort at the Carrier Dome... Read more

Sean Obi to transfer to Duke basketball

Former Rice forward Sean Obi announced his decision to transfer to Duke Monday night via social media. The 6-foot-9 big man visited campus last weekend before ultimately choosing the Blue Devils.



In addition to the photo, Obi posted a statement cementing his intent to come to Durham next fall:

"Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college basketball career. Very thankful for all the support and love from my family and friends all over, and also to every college Coach that have called and been in involved with me through out this process... Read more

Duke basketball season highlights: Josh Hairston

Jack White / The Chronicle
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

Julia May / The Chronicle

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.