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Duke Fans Live Out Fantasy at Coach K Academy

Posted July 25, 2007

— Some basketball-star wannabes are getting a couple of floor burns this week under the watchful eyes of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and some well-known past Blue Devils.

About 80 campers from across the country have paid $10,000 a piece for the five-day Coack K Academy, where they are treated like authentic Blue Devil athletes – drills and all – by the Hall-of-Fame basketball coach and former players like J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon and Jay Williams.

"I'm the old basketball junkie, so this is right down my alley," said Edward Cramer, a 46-year-old retiree who is at the camp for a second time.

Krzyzewski said the fantasy camp is about fun and family while raising money for a good cause.

In its fifth year, the academy's proceeds go partly to the Emily Krzyzewski Family LIFE Center – named in honor of Krzyzewski's late mother. The center helps at-risk elementary- and middle-school children achieve in academics and leadership skills to prepare them for college.

Money also goes into a scholarship fund at Duke.

So far, the camp has raised about $750,000 each year, Krzyzewski said.

And although it's for a good cause, Krzyzewski said, play can get competitive.

"Unlike me, guys are yelling at referees, standing up, getting technical fouls," he said.

Many of the former Duke stars act as coaches during the camp, but Duhon, a guard for the Chicago Bulls, admits the camp is also a good networking opportunity.

"We make contacts. It's kind of like rubbing elbows," he said.

Former Duke star Jay Williams said he is at the camp because Krzyzewski taught his players the importance of giving back to the community.


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  • bait taker Jul 26, 2007

    bluedevl, You're hilarious! Dominated by a private school? Only in lacrosse and women's golf. And even in lacrosse we've got 4 national championships, Duke 0. 16 out of 22 eh? Thank God for Matt Doherty right?!

    Fact: Mike K has a losing record against UNC. The only ACC team he can't master. Chew on that. And that's right, we don't just own you in basketball and football, but basically every sport. Don't believe me? Check the Carlye Cup website.

  • HockeyRules Jul 26, 2007

    "I think most unc fans are just upset the dean didn't think of it first."

    Why would we be upset about that? I think it is a great thing if someone has 10k to spend.

  • HockeyRules Jul 26, 2007

    "Yep it does say $750,000 EACH YEAR."

    It does now...the initial article did not say that. It said $750,000 so far, for all 5 years.

    That is a more impressive number.

  • dryhumper Jul 26, 2007

    I thought that picture (above) with RedDICK was an Alcoholic's Anonymous meeting.

  • dryhumper Jul 26, 2007

    "I hope that with all of the micky D's on the bench two or three will step up big."

    Wasn't McSuckets a McDonald's All American? Look at that waste of space...

    K's dominance of recruiting has faded into the wild "Tarheel Blue" yonder. Deion Thompson, Alex Stephenson, Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington!!! The Tarheels front court will dominate these punks!!

  • bluedevl... Jul 26, 2007

    Actually the most impressive stat is this one...

    Either North Carolina or Duke has played in the NCAA Final Four in 19 of the last 26 seasons.

    Final Four baby! Those other schools have a 73% chance of playing either Duke or Unc in the Final Four.

  • bluedevl... Jul 26, 2007

    acutally the year Dean retired 97'.. Duke / Unc split that year.

    so Dean went out batting 500.

  • bluedevl... Jul 26, 2007

    "Those little Dookies get hyper whenever they slap that floor"

    Especially after winning 16 of the last 22 games against Unc.

  • onyourheels2 Jul 26, 2007

    i believe dean won his last 8 of 9 against k and roy has won his last 3 against k and has more wins against k since he has been at carolina. so are you saying that k dominated against guthridge and doherty.

  • bluedevl... Jul 26, 2007

    Brush monkey....

    No doubt it will be a tough year...

    I hope that with all of the micky D's on the bench two or three will step up big.