Parker impresses at Duke’s open practice
Coach Mike Krzyzewski unlocked the doors and allowed the public to watch this year’s Blue Devils practice Saturday morning at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
On Friday, Krzyzewski said the team will be built around athletic 6-8 forwards Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker.
During the scrimmage portion of Saturday’s practice, Parker show off why there’s excitement around his arrival. Hood didn’t get much of a chance.
A freshman from Chicago, Parker displayed his all-court talents during the two-hour practice session.
In one sequence, he blocked Rasheed Sulaimon’s shot in the lane and ran the court on the fast break. At the other end, he took a lob pass from Quinn Cook and slammed home two points to draw a rousing ovation from the crowd.
At the end of the scrimmage, the Blue and White teams were tied at 23. Alex Murphy, wearing Blue drove the lane looking for the winning basket. But Parker swatted the shot away.
As for Hood, the redshirt sophomore participated early in practice but was forced to the sidelines for most of the scrimmage. Hood was experiencing cramping, Duke spokesman Matt Plizga said.
Krzyzewski had plenty to say Friday about what Parker and Hood can do for the Blue Devils.
“All I know is when we are playing somebody they are going to look at stopping Rodney and Jabari,” Krzyzewski said.
And here is a much longer explanation by Krzyzewski of how the Parker-Hood tandem will dictate things. Krzyzewski’s Olympic coaching experience the last eight years will play a big role in coaching this year’s Duke team.
“I think Jabari and Rodney are two guys that really have a chance to be outstanding,” Krzyzewski said. “Then what we have is a group of players that has to learn to adjust to those two players.
“It’s kind of like, when we’re working with our Olympic team, Chris Paul can’t play point guard the way he does with the Clippers where he dominates the ball and stuff like that. It’s good. He’s the best at doing that. When he is with the Olympic team, he’s got to get LeBron, Kobe, Durant. They don’t want to watch him dribble the ball. They want to have the ball. So Quinn Cook’s role on this team changes. He’s not going to be just your conventional point guard who is coming down and running the offense. That’s not going to be what it is. We are not going to run our offense like that.
“How Rasheed adjusts to having those guys there. What Andre (Dawkins) does. To me one the key guys on this team is Amile Jefferson. I think he has been fantastic in our summer workouts. I think Amile has gone way up. To me he may compliment those two guys as well as anyone on our team.”
Early lineup look – Krzyzewski also said Friday that Jefferson and Cook were penciled in as starters with Parker and Hood with the fifth spot up for grabs.
During Saturday’s practice, those four were joined by Rasheed Sulaimon on the white starting team. Dawkins was that unit’s sixth man.
When Hood was out dealing with cramps, Dawkins played the entire time with Hood, Parker, Sulaimon and Jefferson.
Plumlee working – Marshall Plumlee, a 7-0 redshirt sophomore, has battled foot injuries over the last two seasons. He's reguarly been seen wearing a protective boot.
But Plumlee is practicing with the Blue Devils as work begins for this season. On Saturday, the last of Duke’s Plumlee brothers drew a loud ovation when he took a pas in the lane, leaped through the defense and slammed home two points.