Official Release: Love Returns

Reggie Love, as first reported on <i></I> has returned to Duke to complete his final year of eligability.

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced that 6-4, 225-pound forward Reggie Love, who has one year of basketball eligibility remaining, is returning to the Blue Devil basketball team for the 2004-05 season. A four-year letterwinner in football at Duke from 2000-03, Love lettered twice for Duke basketball in 2001 and 2002. In addition, Krzyzewski announced that sophomore Tom Novick will join the team as a walk-on. The two additions raise the Blue Devil roster total to 14 entering 2004-05, the 100th season of basketball at Duke.

A part of two ACC championship teams, Love played in 37 career games in his two previous basketball seasons, averaging 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds. His biggest impact came in 2001 when his playing time increased significantly with a late-season injury to Carlos Boozer. He played a career-high 16 minutes and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds against North Carolina in the 2001 ACC Tournament Championship Game. During that ACC Tournament championship run, Love averaged 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds.

He started 26 of 40 career games as a wide receiver on the football team, making 75 receptions for 895 yards and six touchdowns in his career. Love led the team in receptions (27), receiving yards (290) and touchdown catches (4) as a senior in 2003.

Love has completed requirements for a major in political science with a history minor and will pursue a second degree in public policy studies in 2004-05.

Novick, a Charlotte, N.C., native, lettered as a junior and senior at Charlotte Catholic before playing and lettering one year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. The 6-6, 190-pound forward helped Charlotte Catholic to the state tournament as a junior reserve for head coach Ken Hazen. During his senior campaign, he was a team captain and earned honorable mention All-Rocky River Conference honors after averaging 8.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

At Brewster Academy under head coach Jason Smith, Novick earned the Coach's Award while helping the team reach the semifinals of the NEPSAC Tournament. Brewster Academy finished the year ranked 10th among prep schools nationally with six of Novick's teammates going on to play Division I basketball.

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