DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke student-athletes Kelby Brown, Mack Hardaker, Elizabeth Howell and Nick McCrory were awarded C.T. Moorman, II Scholarships from the Bassett Society the weekend of September 16. The four Blue Devils, who were also honored during Duke’s home football game against Baylor, are currently pursuing post-graduate degrees in medicine.
Brown, a 6-2, 225-pound native of Matthews, N.C., missed the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during the preseason. Brown overcame two surgeries on his right knee since arriving at Duke with procedures in December of 2010 and February of 2012. He missed the entire 2012 campaign while recovering from the latter surgery. In 32 career games (29 starts), he amassed 242 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 quarterback sacks, 15 QB pressures, two interceptions, six fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles and five PBUs. In addition, he has compiled double figures in the tackle column nine times including a career-best 17 stops against both Georgia Tech and Miami during the 2013 season. A first team All-ACC selection in 2013, Brown ranked second in the league with 8.77 tackles per game to help the Blue Devils post a school-record 10 wins and claim the ACC Coastal Division crown for the first time in program history.
A letterwinner for the Blue Devils from 2000-04, Hardaker played in 47 games for the Blue Devils and started 17 at attack. He finished his career with 33 goals, eight assists for 41 points. He helped lead Duke to three NCAA Tournament berths in 2000, 2001 and 2002, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2000 and 2001. A Durham native, he tallied a career-best 20 points as a sophomore in 2001, ranking sixth on the team in scoring.
A team captain and Atlanta, Ga., product, Howell was named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athlete during the 2011-12 season. She collected the accolade as a sophomore after helping the varsity quad place second at the ACC Championships to push past ACC front-runner, Virginia, marking the first time in championship history that Duke beat Virginia. Howell was named to the All-ACC Academic rowing team during her sophomore campaign and was a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
McCrory completed his collegiate career by becoming the first athlete to win four NCAA titles in men’s platform diving. The 2014 Duke graduate totaled 11 All-America accolades over his four seasons and was a four-time pick for ACC Men’s Diver of the Year. McCrory stands as the most decorated diver in ACC history with 10 conference crowns and remains the only ACC diver to sweep all three disciplines (one-meter, three-meter and platform) at the conference championship two years in a row. McCrory also excelled at the Olympic level during his career, representing the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He captured a bronze medal in men’s 10-meter platform synchronized diving along with fellow American David Boudia, earning just the second synchronized diving medal ever won by a team from the U.S. McCrory also advanced to the event final in men’s individual 10-meter platform diving at the Olympics, finishing ninth overall.
Named for longtime Duke Athletics physician Dr. Frank Bassett, the Bassett Society was established in 1985 to aid Duke student-athletes in their pursuit of careers in medicine and dentistry. In addition, the group provides education in the medical and dental fields while encouraging scientific research primarily related to medical complications arising from competitive sports.
Bassett, who passed away in 2007, joined the Duke Medical Center in 1963 and served in several capacities including Director of the Sports Medicine Center, head team physician for Duke Athletics and professor of orthopaedic surgery. He was a founding member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Born November 19, 1928 in Hopkinsville, Ky., Bassett earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1950 and 1951, respectively, where he played football under legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. After spending time in the U.S. military during the Korean conflict, he graduated from the University of Louisville school of medicine in 1957 and later served his orthopaedic residency at Duke in the early 1960s.