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The Pigskin Preview is a time for the area's college football coaches to ham it up for the fans, but serious issues might be on the table this year.
The Wolfpack struggled through a miserable 2013 season that included plenty of upheaval at quarterback while Jacoby Brissett sat out as a transfer from Florida. All the while, Brissett worked with the scout team as fans talked about the guy waiting in the wings to take over this fall.
PARKER (BUCKS), WARREN (SUNS), HOOD (JAZZ) ARE TOP AREA PICKS
Duke’s Jabari Parker wound up going where he expected, T.J. Warren of Durham and N.C. State perhaps a little bit higher while former Blue Devil Rodney Hood waited the longest to learn his NBA fate.
Parker assured Duke of having first-round draft picks in four consecutive NBA drafts Thursday night when Milwaukee took him with the No. 2 overall pick of the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center.
Later, Warren became the first Durham native drafted in the first round in 21 years when Phoenix selected the former Wolfpack and Riverside High School star with the 14th overall pick.
Hood, who worked out for teams like Sacramento and Charlotte who owned top-10 picks, fell to a place far away yet he’ll have familiarity. With the No. 23 pick, Hood went to the Utah Jazz, who have a new head coach in former Duke guard and assistant coach Quin Snyder. Another former Duke player, Antonio Lang, is one of Snyder’s assistant coaches.
“It means a lot,” Hood said. “Duke is a real big family. Just because I decided to come to the NBA doesn’t mean I’m shamed from the family. Duke is a big brotherhood. I just thank Quin Snyder and the general manager and the people that made the decision on me. I really appreciate it.”
Milwaukee had shown strong pre-draft interest in Parker and they gladly grabbed him after Cleveland took Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick.
RIVERSIDE'S TJ WARREN IS LIKELY 1ST ROUND PICK IN THURSDAY'S NBA DRAFT
From the ACC blood running through his veins to pickup games with future NBA players across town when he played at Riverside High School, T.J. Warren seemed destined to make Durham basketball history.
He did so last season at N.C. State by winning ACC player of the year and he’s set to take it a step further at the NBA Draft tonight.
Warren joins 19 other top prospects as invited guests to the NBA Draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where he’s projected to be a first-round pick.
If things go as expected, the 6-8 high-scoring forward will be the first Durham native since Hillside High School’s Rodney Rogers in 1993 to be a first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
“That means a lot,” Warren said. “Growing up in Durham in a tough environment, just to be able to do something positive playing the game I love is big for me and for the city as well.”
Warren followed his father, former N.C. State player Tony Warren, to play for the Wolfpack. He topped his father by being named ACC player of the year after averaging a league-leading 24.9 points per game last season and leading the Wolfpack to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.
His bloodlines were only the beginning of his indoctrination to high-level basketball. When Warren played at Riverside early in his high school career, he would head to Duke for pick-up games with guys like Nolan Smith, Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler — all starters on Duke’s 2010 NCAA championship team.
Seeking to make the cut for the first time at the U.S. Open, North Carolina graduate Mark Wilson shot an even-par 70 Thursday in the first round at Pinehurst No. 2.
The Houston Astros, picking first overall, chose high school lefthanded pitcher Brady Aiken (6-4, 200) of San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft Thursday night. N.C. State LHP Carloa Rodon, a candidate for the top pick, remains on the board as the Miami Marlins also passed him over, choosing high school RHP Tyler Kolek (6-5, 250) of Shepherd, Texas. The Chicago White Sox picked Rodon (6-4, 235) with the 3rd overall pick.
The Tar Heels and Wolfpack battled for almost four hours before UNC came away with a 4-3 win in the play-in round of the ACC Tournament, likely sealing an NCAA Tournament bid for UNC — and almost certainly ending N.C. State’s season.
DBAP will be ACC baseball tourament site through 2018
For the 26th time in school history and the 19th out of the last 20 years, the Duke women’s golf team will participate in the NCAA Championship. The top-seeded and third-ranked Blue Devils tied for third with N.C. State Satruday at the NCAA East Regional at the 6,257-yard, par 72 SouthWood Golf Club.
UNC, which was tied for 8th after opening round, slides to a tie for 11th in Stillwater, Okla. UNC's Katherine Perry falls four slots to a tie for seventh place.
Third-ranked Duke shot a 4-under 284 Thursday in the opening round of the 54-hole NCAA East Regional women’s golf tournament at SouthWood Golf Club, good for fourth place, seven shots behind tournament leader 13th-ranked Vanderbilt.
Fifth-seeded North Carolina downed fourth-seeded rival and defending ACC champion N.C. State 8-4 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship and earned a shot at top-seeded Florida State in Friday’s 1 p.m. semifinal.
Callie Sherr scored once in each half Wednesday night as Jordan clinched the PAC-6 4-A women’s soccer title over second place East Chapel Hill 2-1.
Duke will visit Wisconsin in a battle of potential top-five teams while North Carolina will host Iowa for just the second time as part of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The pairings were announced Thursday by ESPN. In ESPN early preseason polls, Duke is No. 2, Wisconsin No. 4, UNC No. 6 and Iowan No. 25.