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Duke dads reflect on sons' college careers

Posted April 5, 2013
Updated April 6, 2013

— Once the season ended for Duke, senior players and their parents began to process four years of experiences. Chris Kelly, Dell Curry and Perky Plumlee sat down together to reflect on their son's growth from shy freshmen to senior tri-captains.

The views of their sons combine being a dad and being former basketball players themselves.

“I try not to focus on him too much even though it’s hard not too because I want to watch the game, and the team and strategies and try to see how the game is going,” said Ryan Kelly's father Chris.

Duke dads Gravley: Duke fathers look back on sons' four years

“I watch him because I’m usually going to get a question from his mom, ‘well why’d he miss this shot?’ or ‘why’d he do this?' I kinda got to know what’s going on there,” said Dell Curry, Seth Curry's father.

“Our roles become more of cheerleaders,” said Mason Plumlee's father Perky.

This trio of Duke dads has experienced a lot over the past four years.

“I always go back to the first Kountdown to Kraziness when he was announced to the crowd. His first start in college was a big moment for us. The national championship and then coming back against Miami, that was a great moment,” said Kelly.

“To me the moment was when we visited Duke, [Seth] was going to transfer and decided that’s where he wanted to come. I knew it was a great fit for him,” said Curry.

These dads agree, what their sons have gone through playing for Duke and Mike Krzyzewski has made them better.

“The idea of hard work, they don’t understand it until a place like Duke shows them,” said Kelly.

“The word challenge sticks out to me. They’re challenged every day, in whatever he does, to put forth his best effort,” said Curry.

"On Senior Night it just hit me, that there are a lot easier routes these guys could have taken, to gut it out for four years it’s not all mountain top experiences when you’re being challenged,” Plumlee said.

They’ve been challenged and rewarded, leaving a legacy of having never been ranked outside of the Top-10 their entire careers.

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  • Hokies94 Apr 6, 7:47 p.m.

    Overall, a solid article. I like how they think.

  • VikingTom Apr 6, 10:37 a.m.

    I think somebody on here once said Perky Plumlee sounded like a character in a Dr Seuss book lol

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Apr 6, 8:35 a.m.

    Kelly, Plumlee, and Curry have a bond and a brotherhood that will last the rest of their lives. To have spent their entire four years ranked in the top 10 is a remarkable accomplishment. Wish them all the best.

  • Luxy Apr 6, 1:58 a.m.

    Dang.

    In hindsight, we shoulda sent them to UNC.

  • Luxy Apr 5, 11:58 p.m.

    Serious question: Who on earth names their son Perky? Or is that a nickname? If so, who on earth... View More

    — Posted by hi_i_am_wade

    L O L !

  • Hokies94 Apr 5, 11:19 p.m.

    Curry came from a lingage of Dell Curry. VT guy. Seth will have a hard time to keep up with big brother. Lil mama looks pretty good to this Hokie.

  • Constitutional-Defender Apr 5, 11:04 p.m.

    Serious question: Who on earth names their son Perky? Or is that a nickname? If so, who on earth... View More

    — Posted by hi_i_am_wade

    And with a stupid name comes stupid behavior

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Apr 5, 9:04 p.m.

    These kids have had an experience that that the rest of us could only dream about. Good luck on your future endeavors guys.

  • hi_i_am_wade Apr 5, 8:16 p.m.

    Serious question: Who on earth names their son Perky? Or is that a nickname? If so, who on earth thinks having a nickname of Perky is a good idea? I just can't get over that name. But I will admit it is not the strangest name I've seen.

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