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Duke Star Ryan Kelly On His Nickname The White Raven: “Well It Reminds Everyone That I’m White”

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The Drive Wednesday 3-6-13 - Ryan Kelly joins The Drive to talk about his 36 point performance against Miami, what the past few days have been like after returning to Cameron Indoor Stadium, and how he got the nickname “The White Raven”. 

Ryan Kelly missed two months of the season due to a foot injury and came back against Miami Saturday night to score 36 points prompting Mike Gminski of Fox Sports to say “his performance is right there with the best at Cameron Indoor Stadium.”  We had some time with the Duke senior on Wednesday to talk about how his return to the team has been.

“When you get something taken away from you that you love so much.  When you get it back you want to do something special with it”

“I’m really blessed to be able to come back and get a few games under my belt here in Cameron before the end”

Ryan missed his first shot after coming back from his injury but quickly turned it around and at one point accounted for over half of his teams points in the first half.   Once the Cameron Crazies got going he never looked back.

 

“I hope that they appreciated that I gave it my all, I have always gave it my all, and will continue to give it my all. That’s kind of my thank you to them”

After moving to North Carolina in the third grade Ryan never picked a school to pull for as most kids in North Carolina do, but when it came time to pick a school senior year in high school Duke seem to stand out.

 

“I’m pretty glad I picked Duke my senior year, I’ve loved every minute of it”

The senior was voted captain both his junior and senior years so we ask him just how much Coach K has changed him with his time at Duke.

“When I came here, I was this scrawny quiet kid…I certainly changed a lot in my time here”

“Obviously when you see him coaching the greatest players in the world in the Olympics…to see how he makes them into a team.  To say wow how lucky am I to have him as my coach.”

Duke finishes out the regular season this Saturday against rival UNC at 9p.

 

 

 

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