July 14, 1991 |
Cherokee Parks, son of flower children and heir apparent to the bountiful fortunes of Duke basketball, was invited in the spring to play against the Soviet Junior National team. No thanks, he said, he'd rather suit up for the senior prom. "There's always another basketball game," said Parks, who is competing this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Festival. "That was the last big go-around for high school. " As if Duke's Blue Devils, with four returning starters, didn't already have the talent to stick another pitchfork into the rest of college basketball, coach Mike Krzyzewski went out and signed Parks, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound center from Huntington Beach, Calif.
December 19, 1996 |
Sophomore Payton Black is making quite an impact for the nationally ranked Duke women's basketball team. The 6-foot-4 center, a graduate of Unionville, leads the Blue Devils (7-1), ranked fifth in the country, in points (20.5 per game), rebounds (8.0), blocks (1.3) and field-goal percentage (.580). She's already been named to two all-tournament teams this season and was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week for the week ending Dec. 14. During that week, Black scored 20 points in a 74-65 win over Georgia Tech in an ACC opener.
August 30, 2012
Art Heyman , 71, the captain of Duke's first Final Four team, has died, university officials said Tuesday. Family members said Heyman died Monday night in Florida. The cause of death was not available. Coach Mike Krzyzewski called Heyman "one of the elite players to ever wear a Blue Devil uniform. " Heyman led Duke to a 69-14 record from 1960 to '63 and averaged 25 points and nearly 11 rebounds. He was the most outstanding player of the 1963 Final Four. Heyman was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1963 and played eight seasons in the NBA and ABA. BOXING: West Philadelphia's Yusaf Mack (31-4-2, 17 knockouts)
September 5, 2003 |
Laura Kurz had a rotten summer, ailing from mononucleosis through most of it. But the senior made a decision on Wednesday that made her feel a lot better. Kurz, a 6-foot-2 guard at Germantown Academy, chose to play basketball for Duke next year. As one of the most highly recruited players in the nation, Kurz also considered Boston College, Richmond and Virginia. "Duke's always kind of been my dream school," Kurz said. "I didn't want to keep going through [the recruiting process]
April 27, 2001 |
Father's blood is thicker than uncles' blood. While it's true that Lee Melchionni's three uncles - Bill, Bob and Tom Melchionni - played basketball at Villanova, his father - Gary - played at Duke. Care to take a stab at the identity of the newest Blue Devil? Watched proudly by members of his families, regular and Germantown Academy variety, the 6-7 junior forward announced yesterday in a news conference he had made an oral commitment to coach Mike Krzyzewski. That's K-r. . . "Honestly, I have no idea," Melchionni said.
December 5, 2005 |
Sean Dockery was Christian Laettner, and Josh McRoberts served as Grant Hill. In one dramatic last-second play, a new generation of players added to the lore and magic that is Duke basketball. All at Virginia Tech's expense. "You don't think about that stuff when you're out on the court," Hokies guard Zabian Dowdell said. Dockery made a heave from about 40 feet with less than a second left, giving the top-ranked Blue Devils an improbable, 77-75 victory over visiting Virginia Tech last night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
September 30, 2010 |
Noon Saturday Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y. TV: CBS College Sports. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM). Records: Both teams are 3-1. History: Army leads series, 4-3, but Temple has won last two. Last year, it was 27-13 at the Linc. Temple update: Owls lost at Penn State, 22-13 . . . RB Bernard Pierce, who scored both TDs, left in third period with an ankle injury and will be a game-time decision . . .Defense has given up just one TD in each of last three games . . . Chester Stewart is 51-for-89 for 556 yards, with two TDs and three INTs . . . Next week Owls go to Northern Illinois in a potential MAC title-game preview.
April 19, 2012 |
Basketball was good to William M. Fleming. In 1947, he earned a basketball scholarship to Duke University, where he was a starter on a nationally ranked team with Dick Groat, the future Major League Baseball star. Before he entered the Marine Corps in 1953, he bought an engagement ring for his future bride with money earned playing semipro basketball. And while a teacher at Harriton High School, he had a simultaneous career as the varsity basketball coach. On Friday, April 13, Mr. Fleming, 82, of West Chester, died at Chester County Hospital of complications from a stroke.
May 19, 1991 |
Ever since the NCAA basketball Final Four, St. Joseph's Prep crew coach Bruce Konopka has been talking to his rowers about Duke's semifinal upset of Nevada-Las Vegas. If you looked into the eyes of the Duke players, he said, you saw confidence and plain determination. In contrast, UNLV, owner of a spotless record, seemed tense and wary. "We kept saying we didn't want to be another Nevada-Las Vegas," Konopka said. Problem was, the Prep's varsity eight just kept on winning, and, like UNLV, took a perfect record into the most important part of the season.
March 28, 1991 |
Suddenly, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski senses something wrong happening. His 30-7 team arrives in Indianapolis today for its fourth consecutive Final Four appearance and fifth in the last six seasons. As always, there will be no controversy accompanying them, no NCAA charges. Heck, not counting North Carolina fans, there barely will be a Blue Devils detractor. Krzyzewski's players attend classes, graduate on time, stay out of trouble. Whenever an NCAA signing period rolls around, the program regularly restocks its vast riches.