WE ARE PROUD
TO CALL HOME
"I love my university. There's no place like Duke. Duke is a great, great school. I'm proud of being the Duke coach. Being the Duke coach has given me more than I could ever give to Duke."
- Coach K
How much is a Duke education worth?
We'd say it is one of those priceless things. But if you had to put a price tag on our program's annual investment in each player:
Value of a Duke Education[2012-2013]
Total Student Cost
4 Year Value: Approximately $240,000
- Tuition And Fees
Value of a Duke BASKETBALL EDUCATION
Duke spends over $400,000 per player per year, by far tops in the nation. Duke Basketball's budget, including chartered flights for all trips to reduce travel cost and top-flight meals, is highest in the nation at approximately $14 million.
Total / Year: Approximately
4 Year Value: $1.84 million
"Every person associated with Duke wants to do big things, wants to make a difference. It's an amazing feeling because there aren't too many places in this world like that."
- Shane Battier (NBA Champion)
Duke Men's Basketball was one of only nine major conference programs recognized for posting an Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the top 10 percent in it's sport (only ACC school recognized). Duke Basketball was also one of just five major conference schools to post a perfect 100% Graduation Success Rate (GSR)... also Notre Dame, Illinois, Villanova and Wake Forest.
Duke Players have combined for an ACC-best 19 Academic All-America selections... most recently Mason Plumlee in 2012 and 2013. Since 2000, Duke has had seven Academic All-America selections. The rest of the ACC has three combined.
Since Coach K's first year with his own recruits (1985), Duke Basketball has had 53 ACC All-Academic Team picks...17 more than any other school. Duke has had a player on the ACC All-Academic Basketball Team for 18 straight years (usually around 10 ACC players are honored each year). Clemson has the second-longest streak going at 10 years.
Under the guidance of current academic director Kenny King (going back to 2003), every four-year Duke player has graduated. 99% of Coach K's four-year Duke players have graduated overall going back to his first season in 1980-81.
on a regular basis.
"I've learned so much about myself through all kinds of unique experiences. I would not be who I am today if it wasn't for Duke. Coach K and all the people here have such a special way of bringing out your true character and your true personality."
- JJ Redick (NBA Player)
The Greatest Mentor Ever
There is only one place where you can learn life lessons under the leadership of the greatest mentor in college sports history.Watch Video
Best of Both Worlds
Duke is the lone school in the U.S. News & World Report's Top 20 Schools in America that has won a national title in the past 60+ years.Read More
In August 2011, the Duke Basketball program embarked on an unforgettable two-week journey through China and Dubai.Read More
Over the past three years, Duke Basketball has traveled through six countries and 20 states... including Hawaii.Watch Video
White House Visits
Duke teams have visited three of the past four US Presidents.View Photos
Quinn Cook decided to write about movie director Spike Lee for his Writing 20 final paper... and was able to actually interview the legendary filmaker in person and on campus.Read More
LT - Senior Graphics
Visual arts major Lance Thomas embraced his passion for art, designing graphics for our class of 2010 members.Read More
A Different Big Dance
Nolan Smith took advantage of a "Markets and Marketing" course to help lead a "Different Big Dance" -- and raise money for the Duke Children's Hospital.Read More
DUKE'S UNSUNG HERO
Kenny King helps our players manage all aspects of campus life. The NY native has two degrees from Duke (BS and MBA) and knows as many people on campus as anyone except the Duke Blue Devil. When he's not helping our guys navigate campus life, Kenny can be found rooting for the NY Yankees, hitting the links at the Washington Duke or spending time with his family (wife Robin, sons Jack, William and Alex and daughter Katie) in Durham. Every four-year Duke player has graduated under Kenny's guidance and our program has had 19 All-ACC Academic selections since he joined the staff prior to the 2002-03 season. The 2000 Duke grad served as a student-manager and has been a key part of the program for 15 years!
"Duke University. My favorite place to get buckets."
- Kyle Singler (NBA Player)
"I love Duke. And it starts with the people, from the administration to athletics to the current students -- It's everyone. It's an honor to have had the chance to represent the university and continue to represent the university and to be a part of such a wonderful family. I try to do all that I can to promote and represent the university at the highest level. I am on the board of the Legacy Fund with the basketball program, I am on the Trinity Board, I am involved in some fundraising activity. I enjoy serving the university. It has been so good to me. To be able to help give young men and women the Duke experience that I was fortunate enough to have is such a tremendous honor."
- Grant Hill (7x NBA All-Star)
"It is an honor to be part of the Duke Athletics family and become friends with Olympians, national champions, All-Americans and just people who take pride in everything, not just their sport."
- Mason Plumlee (National Champion)
- Duke Athletics has led the ACC in Academic Honor Roll selections in 24 of the past 25 years, including a record 452 honorees in 2011-12.
- Duke's student-athlete graduation rate is 90%... Highest in Division I athletics
- 12 national titles, over 100 ACC titles, 200+ All-Americans, 44 Olympians
A TOP 10 CITY
TO CALL HOME
Durham is one of the country's best cities to eat, play and live. The "Bull City" provides a great home for Duke with outstanding weather, a low cost of living, plenty of entertainment options, a dynamic high-tech community, suburb shopping options, and amazing educational resources. We've heard the college basketball scene is pretty lively around here too.
We aren't the only ones who love Durham, either...
#1 Smartest City
Top 10 "Best Places to Live"
- U.S. News & World Report
41 Places to Go
- NY Times
#6 Best Small City
Top 10 Tech Town
#7 Best Places for Business & Careers
5th-Best Place for New College Grads
- Atlantic Cities
#1 "Foodiest Town"
- bon appetit
Top 10 Shopping Malls in America
- USA Today
"Kenny King is a big part of Duke Basketball. Over my four years, I don't know if I would have made it without him. He was in constant communication with me making sure I was on top of my classes and attending study hall. Duke Basketball is obviously more than basketball and Kenny coaches us in every way off the court. He did everything he could to help me earn my degree and it is not just me. He cares about every guy on the team. He works hard. He's in here early and stays late. Kenny is a very good friend of mine and he improved my Duke experience so much."
- Nolan Smith