Simply Duke Basketball – 2015 Duke Graduates & Honorees


In today’s article, Bermuda Bob chronicles the academic accomplishments and awards given out at the Annual Post-Season Awards Banquet …

It’s that time of the year when college campuses are overrun by all sorts of young men and women sporting mortarboards, tassels, and gowns.  That means we rightfully ought to recognize them, so here they are:

Quinn Cook, a Theater Studies Major, was the starting Guard where he averaged 15.3 PPG, while he made 45.3% of his Field Goals, 39.5% of his Trifectas, and 89.1% of his Free Throws.  He set a new Duke record for an Assist-toTurnover Ration of 2.52:1.  He was the 7th Duke player to amass 1000 points and 500 Assists in his career.

Quinney was also the co-winner of the MVP Award, the Captain’s Award, the Most Minutes Award, and co-winner of the Free Throw Award.

We’d like to suggest you view Quinn’s remarks at the Annual Post-Season Awards Banquet, here:

Marshall Plumlee, a History Major, was a pivotal performer in the later portion of this year, while also being named to the All-ACC Academic Team. While he graduates this year, he will be back due to his Red Shirt early in his career.  He has already been named a Co-Captain for next season.  When he is finished at Duke, he will join the Military via his participation in ROTC.

“Plums” was also awarded the Mann Morale Award for his continued upbeat attitude on and off the Court.

Sean Kelly, a Psychology Major, spent 3 seasons as the Team Manager and was recognized for his efforts as being given Walk-On status.  You might remember his big brother, Ryan, who also played on a National Championship team in 2010.

Gerald Henderson, who left Duke after his Junior season, returned to school to complete his degree.  We want to give big kudos to him for being a great example to others who might have chosen the same path as he !!!  Come back and finish what you started, as you’ll need/want it in the future.

Other notable awards given to members of this year’s team were:

Amile, “Plums,” Justise, Tyus, and Grayson were all named to the to the All-ACC Academic Team for their efforts both on the Court and in the classroom.  You gentlemen are all an inspiration and evidence that athletics and sports can be partners in college basketball !!!

Amile Jefferson received the Top Scholar Athlete Award, and the Captain’s Award.

Matt Jones was awarded the Commitment and Values Award.

Grayson Allen caused Duke to create the “One Shining Moment Award” for his efforts toward the end of the season, especially in the National Championship game.

Jahlil “Oaks” Okafor was the other Co-MVP Award winner, and also earned the Best Field Goal and Best Rebounding Percentage Awards.

Tyus Jones earned a Best Free Throw Percentage and Most Assists Awards.

Justise “The Chief” Winslow received the Best Defensive Player Award.

Congratulations to each and every guy on this team.  You all gave us such a memorable year. We enjoyed every minute of it !!!

For those leaving, we wish you all the best.  For those returning, we look forward to next season when Amile, “Plums” and Matt will be the Captains.



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