Duke basketball: A Lego masterpiece in Cameron Indoor Stadium

Duke basketball's Cameron Indoor Stadium (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball's Cameron Indoor Stadium (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Somehow, Legos capture the magnificence of Duke basketball’s home.

The Duke basketball social media team posted a video on Friday evening that documents one fan’s admirable quest to earn recognition from Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski before the 74-year-old’s retirement in the spring.

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And it appears Scott Walker’s play for attention worked to perfection. The 1994 Duke grad, who has been a regular at the K Academy across the past 14 years, spent countless hours since the fall of 2020 designing, planning, and constructing a Lego replica of Cameron Indoor Stadium. According to the video, his plan all along was to bestow the masterpiece to his alma mater:

“I wanted to build something. When I was thinking of what to build, Cameron came to mind because it was my favorite structure at my alma mater, and I love coming here for K Academy. So it checks a lot of boxes for me. I love basketball. I love Duke. I’m a fan of Lego. And so all of these things together seemed like great synergy…It was a lot harder than I expected it to be.”

Hard work paying off for the Duke basketball sculptor

More than 15,000 pieces later, Walker got the chance to proudly show off his meticulous creation to Krzyzewski, who did not make fun of him whatsoever for how he chose to use his time. Now, it is on permanent display under a glass case in the Cameron lobby after garnering seemingly genuine praise from Coach K.

Perhaps the slickest aspect of Walker’s Lego brilliance is the method he chose to sign the piece: self-retiring his make-believe jersey in the hallowed rafters.

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