Every year dozens of college teams travel overseas for exhibition games and some bonding time before the season. Duke showed us this week it's possible to have an equally valuable and amazing experience without leaving the good old USA.
The Blue Devils traveled to New York where they visited coach Mike Krzyzewski's roots at West Point. They saw everything from the house Krzyzewski used to live in to the church he was married in to the cadet parade and a visit to the simulation room where they were able to hold and use rifles. Remember, it was a simulation. They also got a practice in at Christl Arena.
The official Duke basketball Twitter page has a lot of great photos and info from the trip. Check it out @dukeblueplanet.
Duke visited the 9/11 Memorial where some members of the team placed flags next to the names of Duke alums. They toured One World Trade Center, including a trip to the top where coach Krzyzewski and the team signed the spire.
The Blue Devils also were able to practice in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. But that probably wasn't nearly the thrill of making a stop at Rucker Park, a place loaded with history and famous names from both street ball and the NBA.
The trip featured a little culture, too, with a stop at the famous Apollo Theater where players were able to get on stage and take turns trying to impress each other and Coach K signed the wall of honor.