Duke Basketball Team Poses with Guns During Target Practice at Army Campus

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

Apr. 5, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Simeon Career Academy varsity basketball team member Jabari Parker poses on an outdoor court near the school on the south side of Chicago. Parker, a 6 foot 8 inch senior, has verbally committed to attending Duke University in the fall. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke basketball team has its fair share of sharpshooters on the court, but they may now be fairly adept on the range as well following a visit to head coach Mike Krzyzewski's alma mater in West Point.

Courtesy Joshua Newman on Twitter
Courtesy Joshua Newman on Twitter

According to Luke Hughes of NESN.com, the Blue Devil players took a tour of the campus and they took part in an instructional program about the proper use of guns. Following the course, Duke's players were allowed to take some target practice with assault rifles, as seen in these photos courtesy of Blue Devil Network on Twitter.

Gun control is certainly a hot-button issue in the United States right now, so the photo of Duke players posing with guns may be a shock to the system for some, but it's clear that this was done in a controlled environment, and it was educational in nature.    

Also, it seems like this was a great team-building exercise for the players. Not only did they get to take part in an activity together that may have been out of their element, but they also had an opportunity to learn about Coach K's roots, which could help bring them all closer together.   

The 2013-14 college basketball season should be an interesting one for Duke. It has a great deal of young talent, but it will have to deal with the loss of several key contributors. Leading scorers Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly are all out of the picture, but super freshman Jabari Parker and a host of others are ready to step in.

With so much turnover on the roster, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that the players are familiar and comfortable with each other heading into the season. Based on the photos that have been released, it's fair to say that Duke will be a pretty close-knit group during the upcoming campaign.


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