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Devils In Detail - Class of 2010
By Rob Clough & Orin Day
October 9, 2010

A Look Back at Duke's Recent Grads


Editor's Note: Devils in Detail is a periodic DWHoops feature that looks closely at Duke's roster. This special edition looks back at the three player Class of 2010. Leading up to the Blue-White game we will look at the returning Blue Devils by class, while Duke's new freshmen will be covered in articles after that scrimmage.


Keturah Jackson

Key Stats: 5.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg

Keturah Jackson
Senior Keturah Jackson was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team

The Overview: KJ went from being buried on the bench early in her career, coming back from injury, to a dependable starter who anchored the defense, hit the occasional big shot and handle the ball. Her success was both a tribute to her own hard work and Coach McCallie's faith in her as a player. While her offensive skills were limited, she nonetheless made the most of her abilities and made some big plays, especially in the postseason. The LSU game spoke to her presence as a difference-maker. She not only picked Duke up by shackling LSU star Allison Hightower, she also scored 8 crucial points against a tremendous defensive opponent. As a leader, KJ projected a quiet confidence, with an upbeat nature in the face of any adversity. KJ was never a star, but she was the sort of player who made star players better.

What's Ahead: KJ will walk away from Duke with two degrees. She told me that she'd love to keep playing (in Europe, if need be), but would also be happy to get into coaching or a job in the corporate sector. Fans can perhaps keep up with KJ on Facebook or other social media.






Joy Cheek

Key Stats: 9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Joy Cheek
Joy Cheek got the ACC Championship she'd worked four years to attain, plus made the All-Tournament First Team.

The Overview:: Joy had a workmanlike career at Duke, breaking into the 1000-point club and pounding her way into the top ten in career rebounds. Though she had star potential, she never did quite realize it on a consistent basis. That said, she had moments of utter brilliance, bringing together her unique blend of size, power, agility and skill in ways that no opponent could counter. She had a great ACC tournament, making it to the All-Tournament team, as she pushed her scoring average to 12 ppg. After struggling for 38 minutes against LSU, Cheek made a number of big plays down the stretch, including key baskets and rebounds. Her power and skills got San Diego State's players into foul trouble, allowing Duke to dominate that matchup. There is still the nagging sense that Joy could have accomplished more on an individual level, that she didn't max out her abilities in the way that the other seniors did. Still, when Joy was on, she was a wonderful player to watch.

What's Ahead: After being selected in the 3rd Round of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever, Joy just missed out making the team. However she kept a good attitude and was resigned on July 11th. After playing in seven games for the Fever, Joy signed a contract to play pro ball in Poland for Super-Pol Leszno. Fans can keep up with Joy via her public Twitter account @JoyfulNoyze. Regardless of where she might be found on the map, Joy's natural charm, wit and outgoing personality will lead to a future filled with success.


Bridgette Mitchell

Key Stats: 8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Bridgette Mitchell
Bridgette Mitchell brought energy and relentless offensive rebounding throughout her Duke career.

The Overview: Bridgette came into Duke with livewire energy but a difficulty with focus. She blossomed under coach McCallie, especially in her matchup zone. Perched at the top of the zone, her length made it exceptionally difficult for opponents to either penetrate or get a good shot from the top of the key. Bridgette harnessed her energy into much more disciplined defense in general, generating key steals and blocks. There were times in Duke's zone that she had to anchor the back of the zone as well, and her ability to rebound made that possible. She went from being no threat from the perimeter to someone that opponents had to at least respect, a fact that Maryland found out the hard way in College Park. Of course, her greatest skill was offensive rebounding. She averaged 3 o-boards a game in the postseason alone, generating possession after possession for her team that allowed them to grind down so many opponents. When Bridgette wasn't hampered by foul trouble and was fully engaged in a game that was close, she was the player who would make so many of the key plays to keep Duke in it or pull ahead. What's more, her indefatigable spirit on the bench helped to keep everyone motivated and focused.

What's Ahead: Bridgette was snubbed by the WNBA last spring but recently signed a three year contract to play professionally in the French LFB for Villeneuve d'Ascq. Always an outstanding student, Mitchell will have many other opportunities beyond basketball. Bridgette always had a sense of warmth and charm that was entirely genuine, and those qualities will make her a leader wherever she goes. We'll follow her career in France closely, letting our readers know if and when any of her games are webcast on basketlfb.com.



Be sure to look for the DWHoops Gold Photos of these players and their 2009-10 teammates coming later in the month...




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