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Duke Basketball’s social media crew is world famend for its following throughout all platforms, and a giant motive why is the within video seems they supply of the crew. The primary episode of a brand new collection known as “Devilish” for the 2020-21 season places the digicam within the arms of freshman guard DJ Steward, a 6’2″, 163 pound guard from Chicago, Illinois.
The movie opens in Steward’s “dorm room” inside the luxurious Washington Duke Inn and Golf Membership throughout the road from Duke’s athletics campus. Steward takes the customers on a tour of his room, displaying his assortment of sneakers, a Kobe Bryant journal cowl (which Steward explains is his favourite participant), and a motivational signal that hangs on his wall – Optimistic Thoughts, Optimistic Vibes and Optimistic Life. A giant catalyst for the success of the DukeBluePlanet social media arm of the Duke Basketball program was then participant and now Director of Basketball Operations Nolan Smith’s effusive persona. Steward has the same demeanor, and has been in comparison with Smith on and off the court docket, so it is no shock that this system determined to characteristic him within the first participant introduction for this yr.
“I am all the time optimistic and smiling,” Steward says within the video. “You will nearly by no means see me upset. I am just about cool with something. I deal with my life accordingly and just about simply deal with all the pieces in a optimistic method.”
Because the video strikes alongside, Steward walks throughout the road to campus to eat dinner together with his teammates, strolling by the woods of Duke’s campus on the way in which.
“Have a look at all these bushes. I am from Chicago, so I am probably not used to all this nature. It is very totally different however I find it irresistible. It is very peaceable and it is one thing that I actually take pleasure in being right here, waking up subsequent to nature.”
The eating room for the Duke Basketball crew is situated contained in the depths of Cameron Indoor Stadium, a latest addition to the historic fitness center that doubles as a participant and household reception room earlier than and after video games.
Steward takes the viewers by a crew room the following morning, beginning at 7AM on the Duke monitor and transferring on to the adjoining baseball stadium, all a part of the college’s athletics campus on West Campus. Afterwards, inside video from the crew’s scrimmages inside Ok Heart give one more preview of the 2020-21 crew, with the motion highlighting Steward’s capacity to play each guard positions as he is anticipated to do throughout his freshman yr.