Bulls dressing like champs
Look for the Durham Bulls in redesigned home jerseys when they open the 2014 season against the Gwinnett Braves at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on April 3.
The front of the jerseys will boast “BULLS” in royal blue, outlined in Texas tan with black shadowing.
The road jerseys will have “DURHAM” across the chest for the first time since the 2002 season. To compliment those jerseys, the Bulls are bringing back caps featuring an orange “D” on a blue crown with a Texas tan visor and button.
The Bulls won the International League title last season. Their new look is the first complete redo of their jerseys since 2009. The wardrobe upgrade also comes with an all-new orange alternate jersey that has a standalone blue “D” on the upper-left front.
Ingram rolling for NCCU
DURHAM — N.C. Central’s Jeremy Ingram is CollegeInsider.com’s Lou Henson Award national player of the week, as well as the player of the week both in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and for College Sports Madness, a website that also singled out the senior shooting guard as the mid-major player of the week.
In three NCCU wins last week, Ingram scored 29 points against both Campbell and N.C. State before his career-high 36 against Appalachian State.
NCCU has played five games, and Ingram is generating 28.5 points per contest, which was seventh-best in the nation Monday.
Ingram was leading the country in made free throws (63 of 79) on Monday, too.
Newcomer Parker playing like a veteran
DURHAM — Duke’s Jabari Parker is the ACC basketball rookie of the week for the third straight week after leading the Blue Devils to home wins over UNC Asheville, East Carolina and Vermont.
Parker last week averaged 22.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.7 blocks with a double-double against UNC Asheville, but his best burst was the 26 points he deposited in Duke’s 91-90 win over Vermont. The freshman scored 13 of Duke’s 15 points during a stretch of about seven minutes in the second half when Vermont scored 17 and had an 81-79 lead. Parker’s alley-oop dunk tied the game with 3:11 left in the contest.
List lauds talent at No. 2 Duke
DURHAM — Duke’s Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Elizabeth Williams are on the Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List.
Gray, a two-time All-American, is averaging 13.2 points per game and leads the ACC in assists with 9.4 per game. She’s the league’s co-leader in steals with 3.6 per game.
Liston is No. 2 Duke’s leading scorer, averaging 17.2 points. She is hitting 53.1 percent of her 3-pointers.
Peters is averaging 11.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Williams, the reigning two-time ACC defensive player of the year and a two-time All-American, is averaging 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.
Freshman Mavunga solid for UNC
GREENSBORO—North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga is the ACC rookie of the week after averaging a double-double in two victories last week for the Tar Heels.
Mavunga made all 10 of her field goals when she scored 20-points and pulled down 12 rebounds against Coastal Carolina, and then she had 14 points and seven rebounds against Coppin State.
The freshman leads the ACC with three blocks per game and has the league’s top shooting percentage (65.9) from the field.
Duke in good hands with Crowder
DURHAM — Duke junior Jamison Crowder is the ACC receiver of the week after catching 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 28-21 win at Wake Forest on Saturday.
It was the sixth time that Crowder had at least 100 receiving yards in a game, tying a school record. Crowder leads the ACC with 83 receptions and needs two more catches to tie Conner Vernon’s school record for receptions in a season.
Crowder is second in the league both in receiving yards (1,077) and all-purpose yards (1,500).
NCCU setter recognized
DURHAM — N.C. Central volleyball setter Alice Genna was the Nationwide Insurance NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month in October.
A native of Rome, Italy, Genna led the Lady Eagles with 404 assists and was second on the team with 12 service aces. Genna also had 121 digs and 16 blocks.