DURHAM - Senior Seth Curry has been named team captain, joining fellow classmates Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee, head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Tuesday. Curry is averaging 17.1 points, while shooting 50.0 percent (60-of-120) from the field and 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from three-point range on the season for the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (12-0).
"It is a great honor to be named captain," said Curry. "I have been trying to lead all year, so it is great to have Coach K honor me by putting that label next to my name along with Ryan and Mason."
Curry, a third team All-ACC selection last season, has five games with 20 or more points scoring, including a 31-point outburst in last Saturday's win Santa Clara. He ranks among the ACC leaders in scoring (3rd, 17.1 ppg.), field goal percentage (9th, .500), free throw percentage (5th, .824), three-point percentage (4th, .419) and three-point field goals (t-2nd, 2.4 3pg.).
The Charlotte, N.C., native is 30 points shy of becoming the 62nd player in Duke history to top the 1,000-point mark. Including his one season at Liberty, Curry has scored 1,677 career points. He and his brother, Stephen, rank fourth in NCAA history in scoring by a brother tandem with 4,312 points combined.
"Our three seniors have really been the leaders of our team," said Krzyzewski. "From the spring Ryan and Mason were named co-captains but Seth has been one of the leaders since then. It seems only natural that all three of them should be tri-captains. It is an honor and we are really happy to make it official."
Curry and the Blue Devils return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 2 with a game against Davidson at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. and will be one ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn and Jay Bilas calling the action.