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Duke Blue Devils’ Rodney Hood to Enter 2014 NBA Draft

April 18th, 2014 at 12:02 PM
By Donald Lappe

The Duke Blue Devils are set to lose yet another underclassman to the 2014 NBA Draft, with Rodney Hood declaring one day after Jabari Parker announced his intentions to leave for the NBA. Only a few weeks removed from the opening round loss to Mercer in the NCAA Tournament, Duke is hoping to reload and make 2014-2015 a much better season, without Hood and Parker. The Blue Devils have some blue chip talent arriving in the fall to aid in those efforts.

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Rodney Hood ended up with Duke by way of Mississippi State, transferring in after a coaching change in Starkville, Miss. Hood shot 42 percent from three-point land, giving the Blue Devils a legitimate long ball threat that could stretch the floor. His loss means Duke will have to replace their top two point-producers in Hood and Jabari Parker. That will place a greater burden on Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, as well as incoming freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones.

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Duke Blue Devils’ Jabari Parker Declares for 2014 NBA Draft

April 17th, 2014 at 1:19 PM
By Donald Lappe

As expected, Duke freshman Jabari Parker has decided to make the jump to the NBA. Blue Devils star Jabari Parker will enter the 2014 NBA Draft and is the odds-on favorite to go first overall. Some thought his stock would dip after not producing to the level of hype in his lone season at Duke,but playing out of position likely had something to do with those numbers. Parker should prove to be an effective swingman at the next level, if not the franchise-changing centerpiece that some have pegged him as.

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Jabari Parker was seen as a one-and-done college player going back to his recruitment in high school, but a disappointing end to the 2014 Duke season seemed to cast some doubt on whether Parker would make the jump. Parker added to the speculation immediately following the loss to Mercer by saying that he was unsure of his future plans. In the end, the opportunities presented by the NBA outweighed the desire to atone for a mediocre 2014 season by the Blue Devils.

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Duke Blue Devils’ Lacrosse to Play Final Regular Season ACC Game Vs. Virginia, Scandal Still Looms

April 10th, 2014 at 10:31 AM
By Donald Lappe

Despite the team's success, the Duke Lacrosse scandal from 2006 still hangs over the program. Over eight years after the incident that sparked a national controversy, a new book was published Tuesday about what happened on March 13, 2006 and all that followed. The immediate result for the lacrosse program result was a canceled season, public condemnation of three student-athletes and a black mark on the program that still seeps through despite time's best efforts to erode the memory.

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The Duke Blue Devils are set to face the Virginia Cavaliers tomorrow in their final 2014 regular season ACC matchup. The regular season concludes Saturday, April 19, when Duke hosts Rutgers. The Blue Devils are tied atop the ACC standing with Maryland, the Terrapins currently holding the tiebreaker via a 10-6 win over Duke on March 1. With a win against Virginia tomorrow and a Maryland loss to Notre Dame next weekend, Duke could be the top seed going into the ACC Tournament on April 25.

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Duke Blue Devils’ David Cutcliffe to Receive the Neyland Trophy

April 1st, 2014 at 1:21 PM
By Donald Lappe

David Cutcliffe of the Duke Blue Devils is set to receive the Neyland Trophy, recognizing him as a major contributor to college athletics. The Knoxville Quarterback Club gives out the award each year to "an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics." Past winners include Mack Brown, Fisher DeBerry, Lou Holtz, Grant Teaff, Woody Hayes and Paul "Bear" Bryant.

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David Cutcliffe and the Duke Blue Devils football team turned some heads last season as they finished with a 10-4 overall record, including appearances in the ACC Championship Game and Chik-fil-a Bowl. Both of those games ended up being losses but the Blue Devils acquitted themselves better than anticipated. Prior to facing eventual National Champion Florida State in the ACC Championship Game, Duke had rattled off eight consecutive wins.

The Neyland Trophy is the Knoxville Quarterback Club's way of honoring General Robert R. Neyland. Neyland was a brigadier general in the United State Army and is one of the most successful coaches in college football history. With the University of Tennessee he compiled a 171-31-12 record, including six undefeated seasons.

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Duke Blue Devils’ Jabari Parker Set to Make Jump to NBA?

March 22nd, 2014 at 10:25 AM
By Donald Lappe

Jabari Parker was expected to only make a one year stop with the Duke Blue Devils on his way to becoming an NBA Lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. It was also expected that the talented freshman would lead the Blue Devils deeper into the 2014 NCAA Tournament than what is now called the Second Round, in actuality the first game for Duke, the Round of 64. The disappointing upset at the hands of the Mercer Bears has cast some doubt as to whether Jabari Parker is ready to leave Duke for the NBA.

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Jabari Parker said that he is unsure of his plans concerning his 2014 NBA Draft eligibility. It is always an interesting process as a young phenom weighs his options after the one required year after his high school graduation. Another year of experience at the college level will almost always help a prospect grow his game in ways that will make him more NBA-ready. However, the specter of potential injury or even a poor season taking millions of dollars off the table almost always wins out and pushes Lottery-projected prospects to the pros.

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