Duke basketball alum gives powerful message about Blue Devil legacy

Duke basketball players Zion Williamson and Jay Bilas (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball players Zion Williamson and Jay Bilas (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball ‘Brotherhood’ is the gift that keeps on giving. 

The former Duke basketball legend, and current ESPN broadcaster, Jay Bilas recently shared a passionate message with the Blue Devil football team, emphasizing the significance of donning the Duke jersey.

He passionately conveyed that representing Duke should never be taken for granted, and how special it is to highlight the honor and pride that comes with it.

Bilas grew visibly emotional as he reminisced about his days at Duke, revealing a strong yearning to trade his current attire, the fashionable Duke polo shirt, for the jersey he used to proudly wear on the basketball court.

Take a moment to listen to this message from Jay Bilas during Duke football training camp:


Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer also visited training camp last week as Mike Elko’s team prepares for its second season under his leadership.

Duke basketball continuing to support Blue Devil athletics

The Brotherhood of Duke basketball thrives under Jon Scheyer’s guidance as he continues the tradition of fostering connections between former Blue Devil players and alumni, a practice established by Mike Krzyzewski during his tenure as head coach.

These actions hold significant value as it exposes players to new perspectives, both in personal growth and development, as they foster lifelong connections that embody the essence of the Duke basketball program.

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In his college career at Duke from 1982 -86, Jay Bilas scored 1,062 points, grabbed 692 rebounds, and shot over 55-percent from the field. He also served as an assistant coach under Coach K for three seasons.

Bilas continues to teach, speak at clinics, and provide instruction at basketball camps and he has been a studio analyst at ESPN since 1995.

The Duke football team begins its season on Monday, September 4 (8:00p.m. ET, ESPN) against No. 9 Clemson from Wallace Wade Stadium.

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