If Blue Devil fans were disappointed that they will no longer see Nick Pagliuca on the bench after his graduation, they now have another walk-on guard to support. Mike Buckmire, a 6-foot-2 guard from Blue Bell, Pa., was added to Duke’s roster last week. Buckmire will join junior Brennan Besser as the only walk-ons on the roster after redshirt sophomore Justin Robinson was given a full scholarship in August. Buckmire also becomes the Blue Devils’ eighth freshman, the most the team has had since 1986-87. At Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Buckmire averaged 22.1 points per game as a senior and scored 1,144 career points. The Chestnut Hill Local reported at the start of his senior year that he was receiving interest from Division III schools near Philadelphia. “He is a hard-worker, an enthusiastic supporter of his teammates, a great example of leadership, and passionate about improving himself every day,” Germantown Friends School Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom-Mark said in a school release. “It was these qualities, plus his impressive talent and intellect, that led to his opportunity to try out and become part of the Duke basketball program.” Buckmire is in the team photo Duke tweeted from last Saturday’s Knockout Harvey fundraiser on the front right. He has a family Duke connection, as his father Michael Buckmire played on the Blue Devils’ 1986 national champion men’s soccer team. “I want to thank all the fans for showing love and my Duke family for always being there. We had a blast.” -@IAmJustise #KnockoutHarvey pic.twitter.com/gnyWuPKPkh— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) September 9, 2017
By mid-August of any given year, your college basketball team tends to be set. You can still lose pieces—someone’s knee buckles in practice, someone fails to get academically eligible, someone sees how the rotation is shaping up and decides to transfer—but you don’t add solutions. The weaknesses in your roster are the weaknesses you’ll be dealing with all season. Unless, that is, you’re Duke in 2017, and 14 days before your fall semester classes begin, you receive a commitment from not just a solution but a national-title-race-altering star: Marvin Bagley III, a Phoenix-area power forward who chose to reclassify to the Class of 2017 and pick the Blue Devils during Monday’s 11 p.m. SportsCenter, immediately vaulting himself to the top of this year’s recruiting rankings and 2018 NBA draft boards, and likely pushing Duke to the No. 1 spot in preseason polls.
Mike Buckmire, a 6-foot-2 guard from Blue Bell, Pa., was added to Duke’s roster last week. Buckmire will join junior Brennan Besser as the only walk-ons on the roster after redshirt sophomore Justin Robinson was given a full scholarship in August. Buckmire also becomes the Blue Devils’ eighth freshman, the most the team has had since 1986-87.
DURHAM, N.C. (seminoles.com) — No. 24/25 Florida State, which has won 11 of its first 12 games of the year for the second consecutive season, opens its 27th season of ACC Basketball as it travels to play No. 3/4 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. The game will be televised nationally by CBS. The Seminoles’ game against the Blue Devils marks the fourth time in their ACC history that they have opened their conference schedule against a nationally ranked Duke team (also 1996-97, 2000-01 and 2008-09). Florida State enters Saturday’s game ranked 24th nationally in the Associated Press poll and 25th nationally in the USA Today Coaches poll. It marks the third consecutive week and 18th week in the last two seasons the Seminoles have been nationally ranked. Florida State has won each of its last two games (over Charleston Southern and Southern Miss) after opening the season with nine consecutive wins – its second longest winning streak in the last two seasons after winning a school-record 12 consecutive games and vaulting to the nation’s No. 6 ranking during the months of December of January last season. Following Saturday’s game against Duke, the Seminoles play host to No. 13/14 North Carolina (Jan. 3 in Tallahassee) and travel to play at No. 15/16 Miami (Jan. 7 in Coral Gables).
For all the great Duke teams that underachieved, particularly the forthcoming 2010-11 Duke squad, this group surely overachieved. Jon Scheyer was the face of this team and had his best season as a senior when he played point guard and led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. Kyle Singler also had his best season as a junior and the rest of the roster was complemented by Nolan Smith, Brian Zoubek and Mason Plumlee. Not necessarily the best talent ever assembled but this was a great team in the true sense of the word.
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