Duke Basketball Open Practice Set for October 2nd

Grayson Allen Duke Guard

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Duke men’s basketball fans can get their first look at the 2015-16 team on Friday, Oct. 2, when the Blue Devils hold an open practice at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The practice will begin at 1:45 p.m. ET and admission will be free.

Doors to Cameron Indoor Stadium will open at 12:30 p.m. ET. Spectators may enter from the north and south lobby areas, as well as the south Hall of Honor entrance. All seating for the open practice will be in the upper bowl of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

General public parking for the open practice will be available in the Blue Zone, located off of Duke University Road. The lot will open at noon ET and close at 4:30 p.m. ET. Overflow parking will be available in the Chemistry Lot, located near the intersection of Circuit Drive and Towerview Drive.

ADA accessible parking will be located in the Science Drive Visitors Lot, which will also open at noon ET. For those who need assistance, golf cart shuttles and an ADA wheelchair accessible van will be available from the SDV Lot to the Whitford fire lane adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Blue Devil fans who are not able to make it to the open practice in person will be able to view the action live via Blue Devil Network Plus on GoDuke.com. Ryan Craig, Chris Spatola and former Duke All-American Nolan Smith will provide insight and analysis as head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the program open practice for the 2015-16 campaign.

Coming off of a 35-4 season and the program’s fifth national championship, the Blue Devils have been ranked in the Associated Press poll an NCAA-best 155 consecutive weeks – the seventh-longest streak in NCAA history – and won 185 games this decade, the second-most in the country during that time.

Duke returns six letter winners from last year’s national title team, headlined by captains Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones and Marshall Plumlee.

Jefferson has played in more than 100 games in a Duke uniform with nearly 60 starts, and owns career averages of 5.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while his .614 career field goal percentage ranks second in program history (min. 200 field goals made). Jones established himself as a perimeter threat on offense and a lockdown defender in 2014-15, increasing his scoring output by more than four points per game from his freshman season, while Plumlee has seen his playing time increase in each of his three seasons with the Blue Devils as a high-energy big man off the bench.

Duke also returns sophomore Grayson Allen, a breakout star in the latter portion of last season, while classmate Sean Obi is set to take the floor after sitting out the 2014-15 season as a transfer from Rice.

For the second year in a row, Duke’s recruiting class topped the ESPN RecruitingNation rankings, as Brandon Ingram, Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, Derryck Thornton and Antonio Vrankovic headline a seven-man class of newcomers. Ingram, Jeter and Kennard were McDonald’s All-Americans in 2015, and Thornton was considered a front-runner to make the 2016 game before reclassifying.

Duke opens the regular season on Nov. 13 when it hosts Siena as part of the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. Prior to the regular-season opener, the Blue Devils will host Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Oct. 17 and exhibition games against Florida Southern and Livingstone on Oct. 30 and Nov. 4, respectively.

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