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Cockrell leads group of former Duke football players as NFL Draft kicks off

(05/09/14 2:29am)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>With NFL hopefuls around the country anxiously awaiting their fate, former Blue Devil Ross Cockrell's family will descend on his hometown of Waxhaw, N.C., for an event that could drastically alter their athletic future—the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.It is there that Cockrell will likely learn of his selection by an NFL team this weekend as the cornerback watches his sisters Anna and Ciera compete for state championships on the track.“I’ll definitely be clutching my phone to make sure I don’t miss any phone calls. It’ll definitely be nice to go out there and watch them compete," Cockrell said. "It’s going to help me take my mind off things, and it’s going to be a great opportunity to see them and support them.”Cockrell will await the start of his professional football career when the 2014 NFL draft kicks off Thursday night with the first round from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Rounds two and three will take place Friday night and rounds four through seven will be held Saturday afternoon.The 6-foot cornerback said he expects to be taken sometime late Friday or early Saturday and is projected by most draft experts to be selected somewhere in rounds four through six.Cockrell has spoken with all 32 NFL teams in some capacity since his college career ended with Duke's Dec. 31 loss to Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Following Duke's Pro Day, he was flown out for on-site visits with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers."Both of those visits went very well," Cockrell said. "I know that those teams are interested in me or they wouldn’t have flown me up there, but I don’t know if that means that they are the most interested teams. Some clubs do it differently."On the field, Cockrell's resume speaks for itself. Duke's all-time leader with 12 interceptions and 41 pass breakups in his four-year career, the 22-year-old was named first-team All-ACC in each of his final two seasons. He also earned a nod as an honorable mention All-America from Sports Illustrated following his junior season and was a team captain for two years, leading the Blue Devils to back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time in program history."They were blown away, and should be, by Ross and the person he is," said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe of NFL teams' reactions following Cockrell's Pro Day. "I think what a lot of these guys are seeing... is Ross’ poise. He’s really, really smart and got great integrity."Cockrell is not Duke's only NFL draft hopeful this weekend. Defensive ends Kenny Anunike and Justin Foxx, running back Juwan Thompson and wide receiver Brandon Braxton also participated in the team's annual Pro Day. None are expected to be drafted this weekend, but could find themselves scooped up as undrafted free agents.Former Duke running back Juwan Thompson will be among the Blue Devils hoping to make the jump to the pros via the NFL Draft.Should Cockrell be selected this weekend, Duke will have NFL draft picks in consecutive years for the first time since 1999-2000. Former Blue Devil quarterback Sean Renfree was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.The conclusion to Cockrell's draft-day journey will be a long-awaited one. With the NFL pushing the date of its draft back two weeks this year, prospects around the country have grown anxious amid speculation of their professional futures. It also results in a quick turnaround time for the start of their NFL careers, with rookie minicamps slated to start May 12."I’m definitely ready for it. I’ve missed actually playing the game of football, being around a team, a locker room," Cockrell said. “I’m ready to know what my next step is going to be.”

Finding amazing in the ordinary

(04/28/14 9:02am)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Like most Duke students, I still have vivid memories from my first game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.I sprinted into the stadium 90 minutes before gametime to grab a spot in the second row at the foul line across from the visitor's bench. I donned the jersey that I still identify not with Quinn Cook or Nolan Smith, but with Josh McRoberts—the Blue Devils' No. 2 when I bought it nearly a decade ago. In the game's opening minutes I almost passed out from the heat because in my unbridled excitement to experience K-ville, I forgot that even Cameron Crazies need to eat and drink in the nine hours leading up to a game. As fate would have it, the kid I nearly fell into—standing directly to my right—went on to serve alongside me as sports managing editor for this volume.Although I can still tell you the date (Nov. 11, 2011), the score (Duke won 77-76) and the key play (Andre Dawkins nailed a huge three in the closing minutes) from that game, my most vivid memory is how awestruck I was as I watched the ball float into the air for the opening tip. After 18 years of watching Duke games, I finally got to be a part of the amorphous blob of royal blue that used to reside in my television screen.I spent the remainder of my freshman year as a mainstay in Section 17, but by the end of the season Cameron started to feel different to me. It hadn't lost its significance, but it began to feel smaller and more comfortable. Cameron started to feel the way my old high school gym used to feel—I felt at home there, but I had lost the sense of awe when I took in a game.As I rose through the ranks to the role of sports editor for Volume 109, daily trips to Cameron made it feel more like an office and less like hallowed ground. During that time, I have crossed paths with national champions, All-Americans and Olympic medalists. Being at Duke affords you the opportunity to rub elbows with countless current and future Hall of Fame athletes and coaches—whether it is working with the likes of Mike Krzyzewski and David Cutcliffe on campus or getting to see Peyton Manning, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on brief visits. People ask me all the time whether I feel starstruck around these giants, and the answer is always no. Just as college basketball's most historic venue grew to feel small, so did the larger-than-life figures with whom I worked.That isn't to say that I fail recognize the accomplishments of the great men and women I've covered. Just as sports is the business of building idols, sports writing teaches you to take a step back from your biases and affiliations. But there were times when this job forced me to become numb to the many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities I've received during the past three years.This came full circle for me as I took my usual seat on press row for the Duke-North Carolina game at Cameron. As the teams warmed up, I began to think about how many 21-year-old kids had the opportunity to sit in that seat—smack dab in the middle of a century-old rivalry that could be the greatest in sports. Watching two shades of blue that couldn't have been more similar and different at the same time float around the court brought back the memories of watching them through my television screen. Slowly but surely, the feeling of awe crept back up my spine. Luckily, I wasn't going to pass out this time—I had learned any good day in Cameron starts with a good pregame meal.Closing the book on Volume 109 has forced me to face my own mortality as a college student—I only have one year left at Duke before the best four years of my life are behind me. Like Cameron, Duke can become a comfortable place pretty quickly. And whether or not you've realized it, Duke, too, can start to feel a bit small after a while.Passing off something as ordinary doesn't mean you're taking it for granted—but you might be missing an opportunity to acknowledge something truly special.It's ok to let yourself be awestruck by the things you do and the people you meet at Duke. Don't forget how incredible this place is and that every experience you have here is probably once-in-a-lifetime.Daniel Carp is a Trinity junior. He served as sports editor for The Chronicle's 109th volume. He would like to thank his family and friends for their undying support and the Chronicle's entire staff—past and present—for taking this journey with him.

2014 big man Myles Turner to announce Wednesday on ESPNU

(04/24/14 10:41pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>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.In ESPN's press release of the announcement, director of basketball recruiting Paul Biancardi fawns over Turner's size and athleticism, which should make him a force at the next level.

Jeff Capel, Jon Scheyer receive coaching promotions

(04/18/14 10:36pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced changes to his coaching staff Friday afternoon, promoting Jeff Capel to associate head coach and Jon Scheyer to assistant coach.Capel, who has been a part of the Duke coaching staff since 2011, served as an associate coach during the 2013-14 season. In his first year on Duke's coaching staff, Scheyer was a special assistant.Krzyzewski's staff changes come less than three weeks after former associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski took the head coaching job at Marquette.“It is such an honor to be back at Duke as an assistant coach,” Scheyer said in a press release. “The special assistant role I had last year really helped me learn everything from scouting to recruiting to on the court coaching and then really getting to know our guys. I feel so much more prepared to be an assistant coach after having that year as a special assistant here at Duke.”Of the two promotions, Scheyer's presents a bigger change for the Blue Devil coaching staff. The Glennbrook, Ill., native only had limited responsibilities in his role as a special assistant but now will have full reign as a full-time assistant to participate in practices and recruiting.“We are ecstatic about Jon joining the staff,” Krzyzewski said in a press release. “He was one of the great players to play at Duke; a national champion and a captain not that far removed so he adds a youthful exuberance to our staff. His knowledge of the game is incredible. I think he will be a terrific teacher and an outstanding recruiter.”Both Capel and Scheyer spent four years in the Duke backcourt as players. Capel suited up for the Blue Devils from 1993-97, and Scheyer was a member of Duke's 2010 national championship team.

Rodney Hood to enter NBA draft, will not return to Duke basketball

(04/18/14 7:55pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Not quite a one-and-done, but Rodney Hood's first season with the Blue Devils will also be his last.The redshirt sophomore announced Friday that he will forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2014 NBA draft. Hood averaged 16.1 points per game and shot 42 percent from 3-point range during his lone season at Duke, earning second-team All-ACC honors.“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in a press release. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person."The Merdian, Miss., native played his freshman season at Mississippi State, where he was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team. He transferred to Duke and sat out the 2012-13 season, but was heralded by head coach Mike Krzyzewski for his abilities in practice.Hood was named a team captain for the 2013-14 season, becoming the first sophomore to earn a Duke captaincy in nearly a decade.“Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke,” Krzyzewski said in a press release. “He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player and this year he was one of the best players in the country. So consistent and a great young man on and off the court. He will do really well in the NBA and obviously he will always be a part of what we do and we wish him the best.”Krzyzewski alluded to Hood's early departure after Duke's ACC quarterfinal victory against Clemson March 14, when the coach said he wished "we had him for one more year."Hood is likely to be a first-round selection in this year's draft and could slide into the late lottery with solid performances in his workouts. His announcement comes on the heels of teammate Jabari Parker, who declared for the NBA draft Thursday and is expected to be a top-three pick.

Report: Rodney Hood to enter NBA draft

(04/17/14 11:12pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>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 Mike Krzyzewski alluded to Hood's early departure after his team's ACC quarterfinal victory March 15."I wish we had him for more than one year, because the growth that he's had in this year is terrific," Krzyzewski said.Hood would be the second Blue Devil to declare early for the NBA draft this year. Freshman Jabari Parker announced his intention to forego his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility Thursday afternoon.

Jabari Parker to enter NBA draft, will not return to Duke basketball

(04/17/14 8:49pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>After nearly a month of speculation, Jabari Parker put an end to all the questions regarding his basketball future by penning a piece for Sports Illustrated.The title: "My Decision: Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA."Parker announced Thursday afternoon that he will declare for the 2014 NBA draft, where he is expected to be a top-three pick in June and could go first overall. "Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions," Parker wrote. "Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player? Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court? The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA."With his decision to leave, Parker becomes just the fifth player in Duke history to depart for the NBA after just one collegiate season. The other four are Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Austin Rivers and Kyrie Irving.Parker electrified the Duke crowd during his lone season in Durham, earning the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation's top freshman.In his only season at Duke, the freshman phenom led the Blue Devils with 19.1 points per game and was the ACC's leading rebounder at 8.7 boards per contest. Parker raked in the honors following his lone season of college basketball, winning the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation's top freshman. He was named a first-team All-American, ACC Rookie of the Year and was a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Awards.“Jabari could not have been better. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be – outstanding everyday on the practice court and in the classroom and a very humble young man,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a press release. "It was an honor for us to have him in our program and he will always be a part of our family here at Duke. We will be on the Jabari Parker team the rest of our lives and we know Jabari and his family will be on the Duke team for the rest of their lives.”Associate head coach Jeff Capel played at Duke during an era where players could go straight to the NBA from high school, but said that if faced with Parker's decision to day, going pro would have been difficult to pass up. "It would have been hard to turn down, being one of the top two or three picks," Capel said. "It probably would have been very hard for me to continue to stay in school."Should Parker be selected in the top three of this year's draft, his rookie contract will last for three years and pay somewhere between $11.2 million and $13.9 million.Associate head coach Jeff Capel said that Jabari Parker's growth both on and off the court has made him one of the most NBA ready players in this year's draft class.Capel, who Parker said in his Sports Illustrated release served as one of his primary mentors during his year with the Blue Devils, noted that Parker's experience at Duke—both on and off the basketball court—contributed to making the freshman one of the most NBA ready players in this year's star-studded draft class."He's just grown so much," Capel said. "To see how he reacted when defenses adjusted, to see how he reacted to adversity when he had a period in the middle of the season where he wasn't playing well and his mental strength to fight through it and get better.... I think he's learned so much from our University."Parker said that after Duke's upset loss to Mercer in its first NCAA tournament game, he blamed himself and needed to step away from basketball. Many things tempted Parker to remain in Durham for a second year—his teammates, his coaches, the prospect of playing with Chicago native Jahlil Okafor. But most importantly, staying another year would have given Parker a shot at redemption.It was a decision that weighed on Parker until the day he signed on the dotted line."Lately I haven't slept much," Parker wrote. "Although my dream is to play in the NBA, I've gotten pretty attached to life at Duke and I don't want to utter the word goodbye."Although Parker will wear a different uniform next season, he still plans on graduating from Duke. Parker and his family had a long-term plan for him to earn his degree from the first day he stepped onto campus—whether it be for one, two three or four years."Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official—my days as a Duke basketball player are over," he said. "But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I'm in the NBA. I was an honor student when I arrived at Duke, and I'd like to graduate as one."

Rice transfer Sean Obi to visit Duke this weekend

(04/17/14 7:57pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>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

(04/16/14 8:22pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>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.

Jabari Parker says NBA decision coming 'Tuesday or Wednesday'

(04/12/14 1:42am)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>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:

Brandon Connette to transfer from Duke football

(04/10/14 11:36pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Duke quarterback Brandon Connette will transfer for his final season of collegiate eligibility, the team announced in a press release Thursday afternoon.The rising fifth-year senior has yet to announce where he will play, but will transfer to be closer to his home in Corona, Calif. Connette's mother, Nancy, was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor shortly before Duke's Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to Texas A&M.“First and foremost, our prayers and concerns are with Nancy Connette and her quest for good health,” head coach David Cutcliffe said in a press release. “We thank Brandon for his many contributions to Duke University and our football program."Because Connette graduated in December with a degree in economics and will pursue a masters degree in Christian studies at his next institution, he will be eligible to play immediately.“I could not be more appreciative of Coach Cutcliffe for his understanding of this situation,” Connette said in a press release. “Being away from my family during my mother’s illness has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to endure. I’m thankful that Duke University afforded me so many incredible opportunities—academically, athletically and socially – and will always hold my experience here in the highest regard.”Brandon Connette is Duke's all-time leader with 31 career rushing touchdowns.Connette split time under center with Anthony Boone in 2013, appearing in 13 games. Utilized primarily as a short-yardage runner during his first two seasons with the Blue Devils, Connette solidified his role as a passing threat during his redshirt junior season, completing 62.1 percent of his attempts and throwing for 1,212 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also added 14 scores on the ground, setting the program's all-time record with 31 career rushing touchdowns.It is in the running game where Connette's absence could be felt the most. Without Connette and leading rusher Jela Duncan—who is suspended for the 2014 season due to academic violations—more weight will fall on running backs Josh Snead, Shaquille Powell and Joseph Ajeigbe.Under center, all eyes will be on redshirt sophomore Thomas Sirk heading into the 2014 campaign. Sirk—also a dual-threat quarterback—was expected to be Boone's backup last season before rupturing his Achilles in offseason workouts. Cutcliffe has favored the two-quarterback system during his six-year tenure in Durham, so Sirk could play a larger role in the Blue Devil offense next fall. Redshirt freshman Parker Boehme and true freshman Nico Pierre will likely be in the mix for the backup quarterback role as well.Although Duke is losing an important piece of an offense that scored a school-record 459 points in 2013, Connette's departure is more than a football decision. The player who won the Micah Harris Trinity Teammate Award in 2013 for his unselfishness will continue to receive support from his former coaches and teammates as he fights an immense personal battle."We want nothing but the best for Brandon—both on the football field and off—and his personal situation is very close to our hearts," Cutcliffe said. "He’s been an integral part of our program over the past four years, and we wish him continued success going forward.”

Jahlil Okafor will wear No. 15 at Duke, Justise Winslow to wear No. 12

(04/09/14 9:14pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>The 2014-15 season is still well on the horizon, but two of the Blue Devils' four incoming freshmen have announced what numbers they'll be sporting in Duke blue.Center Jahlil Okafor announced via Twitter Wednesday that he will wear No. 15 when he first suits up for the Blue Devils next season. The announcement came hours after small forward Justise Winslow announced that he will wear No. 12.

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Thad Lewis conducting offseason workouts at Duke

(04/09/14 8:14pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>It's that time of year—when NFL signal-callers descend upon Durham to work out with quarterback guru David Cutcliffe.Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tweeted out this picture yesterday with quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receivers Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell and tight end Julius Thomas at Duke's Yoh Football Center.

Krzyzewski: Parker has 'a big-time decision not to go'

(03/27/14 8:06am)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski held an hour-long postseason press conference Wednesday to discuss his future with the Blue Devils. Among the major revelations in that hour was that Krzyzewski would coach at Duke for at least five more seasons.One thing the Hall of Famer was not there to talk about was the potential of NBA future of his two stars from this year's team: Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood.

Mike Krzyzewski plans for 'next 5 years' with Duke basketball

(03/27/14 8:00am)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Some worried whether Duke's second-round NCAA tournament loss to Mercer would be head coach Mike Krzyzewski's last. Not only did the Hall of Fame coach put those rumors to rest—he upped the ante.At a rare postseason press conference Wednesday, Krzyzewski recounted five-year segments from the 2000s to the 2010s before laying out his plans for next five years in Durham. Should that plan hold true, the 67-year-old head coach would remain at the helm of the Blue Devils through the 2018-19 season."I'm looking forward to the next five years," Krzyzewski said. "I'm going to be here during that time.... There's not like, 'When is he going to retire?' and all that. I'm looking forward to playing that out."Krzyzewski had previously put retirement rumors to rest when he accepted an offer last May to stay on as the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Five more years on the Duke bench would give Krzyzewski—the current all-time wins leader for men's Division I basketball with 983 victories—a good chance to surpass longtime Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt, who amassed 1,098 wins at the helm of the Lady Volunteers.With his focus on long-term goals, Krzyzewski noted that the first pillar of his five-year plan is developing better on-court leadership for his Blue Devils."In a game, it's my job to create an environment where we can function as one and there's leadership and you can react to every situation," Krzyzewski said. "That's what we didn't do as well [this year]. As we go into next season, that's a primary concern and obviously other things will improve accordingly."With freshman Jabari Parker and redshirt sophomore Rodney Hood yet to announce their decisions to return to school or enter the NBA draft and a final scholarship offer still out for undecided 2014 big man Myles Turner, Krzyzewski's picture of the 2014-15 Blue Devils has yet to come into focus.An added variable when addressing how Krzyzewski will coach and recruit in the next five years is the potential of the NBA raising the minimum age requirement from 19 to 20. Newly-appointed league commissioner and Duke alum Adam Silver has set raising the age limit as a priority for the league, citing that an additional year of maturity and leadership will help the NBA's young players further fuel competition."Sometime during that five-year period I believe that the 20 and two rule will come in, but I don't know when. I think the NBA wants that," Krzyzewski said. "I think that would be good for basketball: NBA [and] college."Krzyzewski's comments on the NBA's current one-and-done minimum age requirement come on the same day that the centerpiece of his 2014 recruiting class, center Jahlil Okafor, said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that forcing players to stay in school for more than a year would be unfair.Citing that his teams do not always have time to tinker and make decisions on the fly, Krzyzewski emphasized the importance of supporting his younger players with strong leadership. This year's 2013-14 squad was led by Parker and Hood, two players in their first years playing for Duke."Guys who talk on the court—not to the other team or to the officials—they're in a constant state of trying to figure out what the hell is going on and trying to get their group to react accordingly," Krzyzewski said. "You can see that, and that's not as alive and well."Reflecting on a season that many view as a disappointment, Krzyzewski once again tried to maintain a broader perspective. Despite Duke's untimely NCAA tournament exit, the Blue Devils' struggles this season may have revealed important building blocks that will help in Krzyzewski's next five years."We didn't have a bad season. I've had bad seasons. We had a horrible ending," Krzyzewski said. "When you're making decisions you don't do it because you lost a big deal... you're looking at the full body of work."