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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

Jabari Parker says NBA decision coming 'Tuesday or Wednesday'

Jabari Parker isn't ready to announce the next step of his basketball career—but a decision is coming soon.

The Duke freshman appeared on ESPN's SportsNation Friday and said that he will sit down with head coach Mike Krzyzewski next week and likely announce an NBA decision Tuesday or Wednesday.

Check out clips from the segment here:



Should Parker decide to jump directly to the NBA, he would most likely be a top-three pick in a star-studded draft class. We'll continue to have updates as Parker's decision nears.

Duke basketball 2013-14 player review: Andre Dawkins

With Duke's season in the books, The Blue Zone will review the seasons of all the Blue Devils, beginning with the freshman Monday and ending with the seniors and graduate students Friday.

Andre Dawkins

  • Year: Graduate student
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Position: Guard
  • This year’s stat line: 7.9 PPG, 0.4 APG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 SPG, 42.1% 3PFG
  • The Blue Zone’s projected stat line: 8.0 PPG, 1.5 APG, 3.0 RPG, 0.5 SPG

Season breakdown: Returning from a one-year hiatus, Dawkins played just two minutes in Duke’s season opener against Davidson and did not play against then-No... Read more

Duke basketball 2013-14 player review: Tyler Thornton

With Duke's season in the books, The Blue Zone will review the seasons of all the Blue Devils, beginning with the freshman Monday and ending with the seniors and graduate students Friday.


Tyler Thornton

  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Position: Guard
  • This year's stat line: 3.1 PPG, 2.4 APG, 1.8 RPG, 1.3 SPG
  • The Blue Zone's projected stat line: 4.3 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 SPG
Season breakdown: Thornton's senior season mirrored his previous three in Durham: dependable but not flashy, scrappy but foul-prone... Read more

Duke basketball 2013-14 player review: Josh Hairston

With Duke's season in the books, The Blue Zone will review the seasons of all the Blue Devils, beginning with the freshman Monday and ending with the seniors and graduate students Friday.

Josh Hairston

Season breakdown: And in the final year, Hairston rested. Or was benched. Or whatever... Read more

Report: Connette granted transfer release

Rising redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Connette is considering a transfer to a West Coast school for his final season of eligibility, Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reported Wednesday evening.

CBS Sports obtained a copy of a letter granting Connette's permission to transfer. The letter did not identify which school was receiving it.

Connette, who graduated in January with a degree in economics, would be able to pursue graduate work at another university for his final year of college football, rendering him eligible to play this season for any school.

Breaking out of his role as a short-yardage quarterback, the Corona, Calif., native threw for 1,212 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed 101 times for 381 yards and 14 scores during the 2013 season... Read more

Duke basketball 2013-14 player review: Quinn Cook

With Duke's season in the books, The Blue Zone will review the seasons of all the Blue Devils, beginning with the freshman Monday and ending with the seniors and graduate students Friday.

Quinn Cook

  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • This year’s statline: 11.6 PPG, 4.4 APG, 2.2 RPG, 1.3 SPG
  • The Blue Zone's projected statline: 13.5 PPG, 6.5 APG, 3.0 RPG, 1.7 SPG

Season breakdown: After showing flashes of excellence in his sophomore season as Duke's floor general, Quinn Cook was expected to be a dominant force in the backcourt in his junior season... Read more

Duke basketball 2013-14 player review: Rodney Hood

With Duke's season in the books, The Blue Zone will review the seasons of all the Blue Devils, beginning with the freshman Monday and ending with the seniors and graduate students Friday.

Rodney Hood

  • Year: Redshirt sophomore
  • Height: 6-foot-8
  • Position: Forward
  • This year’s stat line: 16.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 46.4% FG, 42.0% 3PFG
  • The Blue Zone’s projected stat line: 18.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 38% 3PFG

Season breakdown: Hood was arguably Duke’s most consistent performer on both ends of the court, even with freshman phenom Jabari Parker earning first-team All-American honors... Read more