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Duke basketball goes digital

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Ryan Kelly and the rest of the basketball-playing Blue Devils -- both male and female -- will have digital playbooks this season. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

Both Duke men's and women's basketball teams have taken a digital page out of the football team's playbook and made the switch to iPad playbooks.

According to a release from the school, each iPad will include practice schedules, weekly itineraries, scouting reports, game and practice statistics as well as a library of videos from Duke practices and games as well as on opponents. 

 “Individually, I love to break down game footage, and that is something that is going to be easier now," Ryan Kelly said in the release. "I will be able to watch game film, practice film and even opponent film on my own time at home and also on the road.”
 
Additionally, Duke will not place any restrictions on the iPads, which will allow the Blue Devils to use them for educational and entertainment purposes (Words with Friends, anyone?). The iPads will be on loan to the players, but each player will have the opportunity to buy the device at market price upon their graduation.
 
While Baltimore-based Global Apptitude has partnered with several college football and NFL teams, Duke is the first women's program to sign up for the digital playbooks. 
 
“I know that these iPads can help us get better and more efficient in all areas," women's head coach Joanne P. McCallie said in a release.  "Whether that is on the court, in the classroom, or for this instance, giving our coaching staff and our team the best advantages possible; we are excited about our partnership with Global Apptitude."
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Laura Keeley is the Duke beat writer for the News & Observer. Follow her on Twitter @laurakeeley
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