DUKE BASKETBALL

[screams into a megaphone] THESE PLAYERS DO NOT OWE IT TO YOU, A FAN, TO STAY IN SCHOOL

people are so high-and-mighty, preaching about how these kids need to stay at their schools instead of going to the NBA because, you know, “what are they going to fall back on if the NBA doesn’t work out? they don’t have a degree!”

but the truth is, you don’t actually care about them staying to get an education or anything like that, you only care because you’re a fan of that school’s basketball team, and them staying would benefit YOU as a fan

sorry, that’s not how it works

i mean, you’re telling me that, at 18-19 years old, if you were told that you’d be a lottery pick, or even a first-round pick, in the NBA draft after just one year of college, you wouldn’t take that opportunity?

yeah right, that’s a bunch of bull

#jabariandrodneyandkyrieandaustindefenseleague

Although it was initially reported a few weeks ago, here’s an actual article on Rodney leaving for the NBA.

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i’d be lying if i didn’t say 98% of my reason to buy these cocoa pebbles had to do with kyrie being on the box

moolisstagram:

i’d be lying if i didn’t say 98% of my reason to buy these cocoa pebbles had to do with kyrie being on the box

Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official — my days as a Duke basketball player are over.

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.

I know some people will say this is unrealistic. Others will say, why bother? The fact is that I have many interests beyond basketball. I’d like to write a children’s book. I am interested in various business aspects of the entertainment industry. And I’d like to work with corporate America in one way or another. A college degree from Duke will help with each of these aspirations.

Well, we should be hearing what Jabari’s decision is by the end of the day today.

My gut’s telling me that he’s leaving. I mean, he’s easily a top-3 pick in the NBA Draft. Hard to pass that up.

But either way, like I said the other day, he’s going to choose what’s best for him, not the fans. Please be respectful and understand that he doesn’t owe it to you to stay at Duke another year.

A lot of times something great happens after something tough happens. It makes great that much better.
Coach K | Duke Basketball’s 2013-2014 Banquet

Tweets from Duke Basketball’s 2013-14 Banquet. Sounds like it’s a pretty emotional night in Cameron. It’s things like this that remind me what a great program Duke basketball truly is, with honest, good-hearted guys on both the team and staff.

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In fact, an examination by The New York Times has found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.

The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.

The detective handling the case waited two months to write his first report and then prematurely suspended his inquiry without informing the accuser. By the time the prosecutor got the case, important evidence had disappeared, including the video of the sexual act.

I read this article from The NY Times earlier this morning but forgot to post it here. It’s about how Florida State University and the Tallahassee Police Department blatantly mishandled the rape allegations against Jameis Winston (star QB for the FSU football team, who led them to a national championship this past season, also this year’s Heisman Trophy winner). It’s very long, and it goes really in-depth, but I think it’s really, really important to read when you have the time.

The way the entire case was handled is absolutely shameful and embarrassing. It was disgusting to watch Jameis go freely about the rest of the football season and be awarded the highest honor in the college football world this year. It was disgusting to watch the attorneys laugh at the press conference where it was announced that Jameis was found “not guilty.” And it was disgusting to see guys tweet after that announcement, saying things like, “Jameis is a hero to us all.”

I can’t believe authority figures can get away with just choosing not to really do anything about allegations like this just because the allegations happen to be against the school’s star quarterback. And I can’t believe people celebrate it. It just upsets me so much.

@usabasketball: Before you see them at Duke, catch Justise Winslow, Jahlil Okafor & Tyus Jones on ESPN2 at 7 pm ET in today’s #nikehoopsummit (x)

@usabasketballBefore you see them at Duke, catch Justise Winslow, Jahlil Okafor & Tyus Jones on ESPN2 at 7 pm ET in today’s #nikehoopsummit (x)

@JayBilas: Two of the best and most beloved players in Duke history. (Also pictured, Jay Williams). (x)

@JayBilas: Two of the best and most beloved players in Duke history. (Also pictured, Jay Williams). (x)