Duke Basketball to Hold Open Practice Sept 28

Rodney Hood

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men's basketball team is scheduled to hold an open practice for the public Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Doors to Cameron Indoor Stadium open at 9 a.m. with all seating for the practice in the upper bowl of the stadium.

Duke enters the 2013-14 season riding a string of an NCAA-best 116 consecutive AP Top 25 rankings. The Blue Devils return two double-figure scorers in Quinn Cook (11.7 ppg.) and Rasheed Sulaimon (11.6 ppg.) from a year ago as well as four other players (Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston, Amile Jefferson and Tyler Thornton) with starting experience.

The Blue Devils are also expected to get a boost from sophomore transfer Rodney Hood and a talented freshman class of Matt Jones, Semi Ojeleye and Jabari Parker. Hood was an All-SEC Freshman Team selection after averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game at Mississippi State in 2010-11. Jones and Parker were both McDonald's All-America picks coming out of high school, while Ojeleye was named 2013 Parade National Player of the Year.

Duke opens the regular season Friday, Nov. 8 with a home contest against Davidson. The Blue Devils will also host three ticketed events prior to the opener with Countdown to Craziness presented by PNC (Oct. 18) and exhibition games against Bowie State (Oct. 26) and Drury (Nov. 2).

Duke's open practice Sept. 28 replaces the annual Duke Coaches Clinic, which will not be held this season due to scheduling conflicts.

General public parking for fans attending the men's basketball open practice is available in the Football General Public Parking lots located on Circuit Drive – Chemistry Lot, Small Circuit Lot, Large Circuit Lot, and PG9. There is a $10 charge to park (cash only) and the lots open at 7 a.m. All football general public parking lots located on Circuit Drive are park and walk lots.

General public parking for persons with disabilities attending the men's basketball open practice is available in the Blue Zone in lots B-2 and B-4. There is a $10 charge to park (cash only) and the lots open at 6 a.m. There will be two (2) ADA lift equipped vans on-site in the B-2 and B-4 lots to transports basketball fans to and from the open practice.

Men's or Women's Basketball Iron Duke parking passes will not be honored for the open practice as it is a football game day. Only Football Iron Duke passes will be honored in the Iron Duke lots. For more information on football game day parking, please visit www.goduke.com/gameday and click on the Football A-Z Game Day Guide. A full parking and traffic alert for the events of Saturday, Sept. 28 will be released on www.goduke.com/gameday on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Duke's open practice will be a part of a full day for sports fans in Durham as the football team hosts Troy at 3 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium and the volleyball team welcomes Virginia Tech to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.

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