No. 2: Duke Pros
Pick a pro sport, any sport and you can probably find a former Duke player making noise in their respective sport. Start with the obvious: Duke basketball. Fans have their pick of the litter, both old and new, from the West Coast to the East Coast. Fans can root for the rookies Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish, or an old wily vet like J.J. Redick. Duke has the second-most players in the NBA, representing over half the league’s teams. With the Hornets struggling mightily, you can latch onto former Duke stars like Kyrie Irving in Boston or Brandon Ingram in New Orleans.
Switch to football and Duke is well represented there as well. The obvious is Daniel Jones, the rookie quarterback for the New York Giants. Jones is just 2-7 as a starter for New York after taking over for Eli Manning, but he’s the quarterback of the future, having thrown for 17 touchdowns and only eight interceptions this season.
Duke has four other starters in the NFL, plus several back-ups. It makes it easy to find a team to root for.
Don’t you dare forget about the seven alumnae in the WNBA: Alana Beard (L.A. Sparks), Lexie Brown (Minnesota Lynx), Karima Christmas-Kelly (Minnesota Lynx), Chelsea Gray (L.A. Sparks), Haley Peters (Atlanta Dream), Jasmine Thomas (Connecticut Sun), and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).
Duke is well represented with five players in the MLS, three in the NWSL, three players in the MLB, and