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Nelson Signs With Hometown Warriors

DeMarcus Nelson, who signed with Golden State Tuesday, was the cover boy of March's issue of Towerview. Photo by Pete Kiehart / The ChronicleFormer Blue Devil star DeMarcus Nelson didn’t have to look far for his first professional basketball stint.

Nelson, the captain of last year’s team and an All-ACC performer in his senior season, signed with the Golden State Warriors Tuesday. A Bay Area local, Nelson earned a spot on the team with a strong performance on the Warriors’ summer teams in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, Utah. Nelson and Golden State played five games in Sin City before traveling to Salt Lake City for four more games.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nelson went undrafted in the 2008 NBA Draft, marking the first time since 1997 a Duke player was not taken.

—by Ben Cohen

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Paulus, Henderson, Scheyer Named Captains

Senior Greg Paulus and juniors Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer were named captains for the upcoming season, Mike Krzyzewski announced Friday morning.

On the surface, the news isn’t that surprising. Paulus seemed to be a lock to reprise the role after he was a sophomore captain, especially after taking on such a quiet leadership position last season. Henderson and Scheyer were the only two players to produce in the NCAA Tournament last year, combining for 33 points in Duke’s 73-67 loss to West Virginia in the second round. One player who some thought might earn the nod is redshirt senior Dave McClure, a defensive stalwart who appears to reek of captain material.

DeMarcus Nelson was the lone captain of last year’s squad after Nelson, Paulus and Josh McRoberts shared tri-captaincy the year before. Krzyzewski said he named Nelson the only captain–rather than including Paulus last year–because he thought the position had been “diluted” the year before with three leaders.

What prompted the change this year?

–by Ben Cohen

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Nelson Tries To Be Golden in Vegas

Although many of the Duke-related stories coming out of the sin city this summer have revolved around Coach K and the Olympic team, former Blue Devil guard DeMarcus Nelson has been trying to earn a shot at the Golden State Warriors’ preseason camp in October. After going undrafted in June, Nelson inked a free-agent deal with the Warriors July 2, commissioning his services for the team’s summer league competitions in both Vegas and Salt Lake City.

In case your wondering, Nelson put up seven points on 3-for-4 shooting in Golden State’s 99-93 victory Tuesday night. For what it’s worth, the guard also went 1-for-5 from the charity stripe in his eight minutes of action, which might not bode so well in trying to impress the Warriors.

It will be a long road to the Big Show for Nelson, but also one he is proving unafraid to travel.

The Chronicle Sports Blog will continue to post updates on Nelson’s progress. Or, if your Friday night looks particularly slow, you can log on to nba.com and watch for yourself as the Warriors take on the Kings at 10 p.m. EST. The video of the game streams live and is free of charge. What else would you want to be doing on a lovely summer evening?

—by Meredith Shiner

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DeMarcus Ready For Draft

Tonight’s the first night that former Blue Devil DeMarcus Nelson could be a professional basketball player, as the NBA Draft takes place tonight at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden in New York. Nelson, a 2008 first-team All-ACC player and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, certainly was not expected to be drafted at this time last year. But after an impressive senior season, a hearty offseason workout regimen and some monstrous combine numbers, he’s put himself in the position to be a potential second-round pick.

NBADraft.net has pegged Nelson as the 60th and final pick in its mock draft, while DraftExpress has him going undrafted–which wouldn’t be the worst thing for the California native, as he could then pick to sign with a certain team that fit his rugged playing style.

We’ll keep you updated on DMarc’s draft status, but in the meantime, where do you think Nelson should be drafted? Where would you like to see him play?

–by Ben Cohen

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Exclusive Interview With Coach K: Day 1

Every year, The Chronicle’s sports editor sits down with Mike Krzyzewski for an about an hour in the summer. This year, Ben Cohen met with Coach K June 17 to talk about everything from the Olympics and Duke to his succession and post-retirement plans. This is the first of five clips that The Chronicle will post this week (the rest will come at midnight every day).

In the first excerpt, Coach K explains why Duke struggled in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments last March, and how hard it was for him to see DeMarcus Nelson not match his season’s output in the postseason. Feel free to leave your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.

COMING TUESDAY: Krzyzewski analyzes Steve Wojciechowski’s role as big-man coach.

–by Ben Cohen

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OVERTIME: Duke-Pitt Live Blog

FINAL Pitt 65, Duke 64. Fields made a step-back 3-pointer over McClure with less than 5 seconds remaining. Scheyer raced up the floor and missed a 3, then got his own tip but missed that too. The Garden explodes as the last shot falls and Pitt wins. What a game.

16.0, Duke 64 Pitt 62: Scheyer loses the ball as he is driving, but Fields turns the ball over again, this time with an offensive foul. On the inbounds, Scheyer was trapped in the corner and threw a cross-court pass up to Henderson, who out-jumped his defender and kicked to Singler, who was fouled. The freshman missed the first and made the second. Pitt called a timeout, and the Panthers have the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead. Expect them to take a quick shot.

56.3, Duke 63 Pitt 62: Wow. Duke has the ball with 56.3 seconds left and 16 seconds on the shot clock with the chance to take a two-possession lead. This comes after the play of the year, a Nelson and-1 where he drove, was fouled, hung, went up-and-under the basket and finished by putting enough backspin on the ball. Just a remarkable play from Duke’s captain, and he topped it off by making the free throw. Duke got a stop on the defensive end when Fields was whistled for a travel after another Pitt offensive rebound. Blair is out (he had 20 rebounds). The new play of the year may still be coming.

4:28, Duke 59 Pitt 58: Duke wins the opening tip and Nelson promptly is fouled on a drive. He makes one of two. On Pitt’s ensuing possession, Cook drove past Scheyer but, going up for the shot, his leg gave out and he traveled. Cook was on the floor for a few minutes before limping off to an ovation.

OVERTIME, Duke 58 Pitt 58: Scheyer got the inbound pass, and quickly found Henderson, who unexpectedly sliced into the lane with about six seconds remaining and babied his short jumper for the win. Singler was there for the putback, which fell just wide off the backboard. We’re headed to overtime–a fitting way to continue this classic. As Dick Vitale, who can’t be here tonight because of throat surgery, would say, we have no place to go, not yet.

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