Former STAB Basketball Star Javin DeLaurier Represents Duke at ACC Media DayPosted: Updated:
Former St. Anne's Belfield star Javin DeLaurier is heading into his junior season with the Duke basketball team.
The Nelson County native averaged 3.4 points and four rebounds per game last year for Duke, averaging about 13 minutes per game.
DeLaurier was one of two Duke players chosen by coach Mike Krzyzewski to represent Duke at Wednesday's ACC Media Day in Charlotte.
"My job is just to come in and make as many plays as I can to help us win," says DeLaurier. "That may be taking a charge, getting a rebound, stuff like that that may not necessarily show up in the box score. When you have guys that are really talented scoring the ball that's what they do. I'm going to let them do what they do and I'm going to do what I do well and hopefully win games."
"He's been an outstanding leader for this group," says Krzyzewski. "His leadership aspect and his ability to score the ball, he's become a good shooter, did you ever think I'd say that. He's worked really hard and we have confidence in him hitting the three and obviously scoring on offensive boards. He's worked really hard on his game."
Duke will start the season ranked fourth in the country according to the Associated Press preseason poll. The Blue Devils feature highly touted freshman Zion Williamson, the number two ranked recruit for the 2018 class.
"I was actually very surprised at what a graceful athlete he is," says DeLaurier about Williamson. "You see all the YouTube highlights and all the things that he can do, but his footwork, his body control, his skill set is really incredible. Going up against him every day has been a challenge but it's been really fun, I've enjoyed it."