The hype for this year's Duke basketball team has been almost deafening as the 2010 season approaches—something ESPN The Magazine is apparently well aware of.
In the Magazine's Season Tip-Off Issue, Blue Devils Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving are featured on the cover with comically large mouths—a nod to their skills communicating on the court as well as their friendship off it. In this behind the scenes video of the photo shoot, the Duke backcourt clearly seems to be enjoying the attention, and at one point even show off their Cameron Crazie-esque screams for the cameras.
But the cover shoot has been just the tip of the iceberg for Blue Devil coverage over the past few days. ESPNU is currently in the midst of a four episode All-Access special on Duke Basketball, which given fans an inside look into a typical Blue Devil practice. And over at SI.com, Seth Davis recently wrote an article heaping praise on Duke, especially point guard Kyrie Irving.
And with now under two weeks until the season tips off, the hype is only going to get louder.