Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper sat down with the team at Blue Devil Network for an interview. Roper discusses the new players that will need to step up for Duke if the Blue Devils are to return to the post-season in 2013:
Sophomore transfer forward Rodney Hood had a chance to sit down with BDN to discuss his injury (he says he's back to 100 percent), his upcoming season, and much more:
Senior DE Kenny Anunike sat down with the official site to discuss his final season in Durham. Perhaps the most notable piece of the article is when the veteran reflects on what he's seen under Coach Cutcliffe.
"He took a program that was completely on the bottom of the barrel and is bringing it now to be a top ACC contender. We went 3-5 in the ACC last year – that's not great, but it's definitely a testament to Coach Cut's ability to coach and change the entire mindset and the entire mentality of a team. He's really switched this thing around. Going to a bowl game was huge – it's not an accident that he got ACC Coach of the Year. Obviously Coach Cut is an awesome guy, awesome coach and he just brings the mentality of winning to a team."
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AROUND THE WEB - FOOTBALL
Football season is around the corner with Fall practicing kicking off this week. The Blue Devils have number of questions to answer as the season approaches including on the defensive side of the ball. Fox Sports' Lauren Brownlow examines the need to improve and make adjustments on defense:
Cutcliffe's primary objective is to cut back on those big plays. "If we could drop the number of plays we've given up over 25 yards by 40%, that's going to significantly affect the points per game total," Cutcliffe said. "If we can create a couple of more turnovers here or there, but increase that 20%, that affects, that's possessions taken away."
Continuing the theme of examining the defense, Durham Herald Sun writer Steve Wiseman says that for the Blue Devils to take the next step in stopping their opponents, it'll require a great effort from the guys up front on the defensive line.
AROUND THE WEB - BASKETBALL
Former Blue Devil Miles Plumlee spent his rookie season attempting to break into the rotation for the Indiana Pacers. It never happened as Plumlee appeared in just 14 games for the Eastern Conference Finalists.
New Suns general manager Ryan McDonough called Plumlee "one of the best players" in this year's Summer League, where the big center averaged 10 points, 9.5 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Recent graduate Seth Curry wasn't taken on Draft Night. And he couldn't play in the NBA Summer League because of a stress fracture in his right shin that required surgery. That leaves the former Blue Devil as a free agent with hopes of being signed out of training camp. As the Sporting New writes, he's got opportunities to make that happen:
"He already has training camp invites from the Wolves, Spurs and Warriors. Charlotte certainly could use someone who plays Curry's brand of basketball. The Bobcats shot 33.5 percent from the 3-point line as a team, and Ben Gordon was the only full-time player to average better than 35 percent, at 38.7 percent."
"Just the opportunity to show that I can handle the ball full time and play the point guard position," Curry said. "I know I can I just have to get the opportunity to get out there and show it."
The Duke schedule should be officially released soon (premium subscribers can preview it here), and one of the most anticipated series will be the one between the Blue Devils and ACC newcomer, Syracuse. One of the Orange's local blogs previewed the matchup.
The team at Duke Blue Planet continued their "Summer Grind" series this week by highlighting Duke's junior point guard, Quinn Cook:
DBP then decided to sit down with freshman phenom, Jabari Parker for an in-depth interview. Parker, who is considered by many as one of the two best players coming into college basketball this season, comes across as humble, yet driven player with something to prove:
"You are only as good as your last game, all of that stuff is in the past. I was pretty good at that time, but I think that I can be better. I want to go further in my career and I think that those pitstops can shatter a person. They are man-made. How are you going to make your destiny? A lot of people are going to put expectations on you but its your job to further your potential."
In facility news, Coach K Court in Cameron Indoor Stadium has a somewhat modified look. Notice the new "D" in center court:
On the recruiting front, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish provided some interesting notes on Duke's top two targets in the class of 2013:
"I believe there is a great chance that Tyus will go to Duke," said Mac Irvin Fire coach Mike Irvin, according to the @BlueDevils Twitter account. "If so, Jahlil and Tyus will probably be going to school together."