Alter Ego: Shaker Samman
Power Level: Freshman
Primary Specialty: Public Policy
Secondary Specialty: tennis
Crazie Power: The ability to strike fear into Karl Hess’s heart
Hometown: Fort Gratiot, MI
Q: So what is it about Duke Basketball that makes you go Crazie?
A: For me, it’s the atmosphere, and the attitude that comes with it. You know, for some teams — I’m from Michigan, so we see Michigan State or Michigan basketball — and, yeah, they’re great, but they get complacent. Here, that’s not it. We’re always hungry. At Duke, we’re everybody’s national champions again, everybody hates us and they want to knock us off. It’s us against the world because people can’t take it.
Q: What drives you to put so much effort into your persona?
A: Into all this? It’s been my dream my entire life to bleed blue daily. Only four-letter word: D-U-K-E.
Q: What is your all-time favorite Duke Basketball moment? Could be anything in the past, on the court or in the stands.
A: I had a relative who came here, and she snuck me through K-ville and through the Crazies — a Virginia game in 2011. Kyrie had just gotten hurt. We were playing really sluggish at halftime. It was my first game ever as a Crazie. And right after halftime, Andre Dawkins comes out — classic Baby Dawk, classic Young Threezy comes out — and hits three consecutive threes from the exact same spot, and the roof just exploded. Nothing like it. That’s when I knew I was gonna do anything I could to be a Crazie.
Q: What’s been your all-time favorite Cameron Crazie experience?
A: Other than Dre-All-Day’s shot, for me it was the game against Davidson. Matt or Tyler missed a shot from the corner and Semi saw it and started flying across the baseline. You knew that that man, the most athletic human being anyone’s ever seen, went up there and put that pullback dunk down so hard that I swear to God it rippled the space-time continuum and will give my children birth defects or something. I’ve never seen something that incredible.
“It’s been my dream my entire life to bleed blue daily.”
Q: What else at Duke are you crazy about?
A: I’m crazy about politics and policy.
Q: And where else do you channel your passions?
A: I write, actually. Back in May, I started a blog called “The Duke Zone.” It was a little vanity project. Then in July it kind of randomly blew up and is now getting somewhere up to 2,500-3,000 views every time I write. And it’s funny too, because one of the other reasons I wanted to come here was a writer named Shane Ryan who went here, posted a lot about Duke sports, and had a blog called “Seth Curry Saves Duke.” I always used to read it. Full circle, for the last few weeks, I’ve been writing in one of the segments that he used to do that he’s letting me do now. It’s really nice. It started off as a little vanity project, but now it’s grown to something people actually read and enjoy. It’s fun.