SDBB: 2016-17 Duke Player Profiles – #45, Nick Pagliuca


Tonight, we continue our annual Player’s Profile marathon until we Countdown to Craziness, that will profile each and every Duke player on the roster…

So here is Bermuda Bob’s Profile of #45, Nick Pagliuca …

Nick Pagliuca returns this year as a Senior.  He is 6’3” 195 lb. Guard, who has been an integral member of the Practice Squad.  His “job” is to become like the opposition the Starters will face.

Nick is embarking on his last year on the squad. In case you’re not too familiar with him, not to worry, he has only appeared in 24 games over the last 3 seasons. Let’s first get to know him, personally …

Nick hails from Massachusetts, and was a National Merit Scholar at The Milton Academy. He is the younger brother of Joe Pagliuca, who was also a “Walk-On” from 2003 thru 2006, playing in 13 games. He has continued his academic prowess as exemplified by his being named to the NABC Honours Court this year.

Nick is part of an impressive legacy of Duke Alumni. His Dad, Stephen, graduated in 1977, his brother in 2007, and his sister, Stephanie in 2013.

Nick wears the same #45 as his brother.

Dad was a JV player, back when they had such a thing. He is presently a Co-Owner of the Boston Celtics. Nick credits Kevin Garnett – when he was a Celtic – with improving his game. Thanks, too, to Dad for making the introduction.

Some might ask why a student might want to be a “Walk-On” and essentially a Practice Player, thus putting more of a draw on his time.

The answer is that he is a valuable presence at Practice, helping to hone his skills as well as those of his teammates. He is well respected for those contributions, just like so many “Walk-On” players have been before him …

… and like most “Walk-On” players before him, he is a fan favourite, especially with his family connection to Duke.

As a fellow Italian, I would like to correct his official Duke profile by noting that his name is correctly pronounced: “Pai-yook-a”   The “l” is silent !!!

Rock On, Nick !!!   We’ll be rooting for you this season !!!


Thanks for reading !!!

Watch for our next introduction tomorrow …

2 thoughts on “SDBB: 2016-17 Duke Player Profiles – #45, Nick Pagliuca

  1. Why are you Duke fans ok with Paglica basically paying to be on the Duke basketball team?? He is horrible he would not make a Div 3 team. I realize hes only a practice player but there are probably 500 players in Nc with better skills that would love to be a practice player at Duke. I am surprised coach K would agree to this., I thought sports was one place that it did not matter who you know. I guess not.


    • Greetings Paul !!!

      Do you understand the definition of a “Walk On” player ??? He is essentially a player who handles his own tuition and has the talent to be part of the team …

      To that end, I’m not sure what your beef is, but I’m willing to discuss it with you …

      Cheers !!!
      Bermuda Bob


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