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SportMike Krzyzewski Has Turned Duke Recruiting Into a Special Kind of Inevitability

19:20  07 december  2018
19:20  07 december  2018 Source:   si.com

Coach K tries to dial back hype on Zion Williamson, freshmen: 'Duke fans, just cut it out'

Coach K tries to dial back hype on Zion Williamson, freshmen: 'Duke fans, just cut it out' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had some advice for fans of his storied program and this season's talented freshman class: Chill out on the hype. Following the Blue Devils' 21-point home win over Indiana Tuesday night — the team's first victory since suffering an upset to Gonzaga last week — the NCAA's all-time winningest coach tried to dial back fans' expectations on a star-studded group that quickly vaulted to No. 1 in the coaches poll and garnered perfect-season buzz following its season-opening blowout of Kentucky. "Let's get real about this whole thing," Krzyzewski told reporters Tuesday. "Let's not get spoiled.

Michael William Krzyzewski (/ʃɪˈʒɛfski/ shih-ZHEF-skee; nicknamed " Coach K "; born February 13, 1947) is an American college basketball coach and former player.

He built the program into a behemoth, turned the Blue Devils into the most Timeline for Coach K leaving Duke . There's no telling when Krzyzewski will hang it up, and what about how he'll do it? Duke has the pull to capture the attention of almost any huge name in basketball, but at this point

Mike Krzyzewski Has Turned Duke Recruiting Into a Special Kind of Inevitability© Lance King/Getty Images Duke basketball recruiting: Mike Krzyzewski lands Vernon Carey

The news stories say that high school basketball star Vernon Carey Jr. picked Duke this week, but it may be more accurate to say Duke picked him. From the moment Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made Carey a priority, everybody else was angling to be the runner-up, even if it didn’t always feel that way to them. Recruiting against Coach K is like trying to escape an enormous door-less, window-less room. No matter how high you climb or how far you go, eventually you will hit your head against a wall.

In the six years prior to this, Duke had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country five times, according to 247Sports. (In the off year, Duke finished second.) There is a perception that only Kentucky can match Duke’s recruiting prowess, but really, the only program that can do it is Alabama football.

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Despite the debacle, Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was glad Allen had taken the late shots, not because he is Duke ’s lone senior, but because they were open. The freshman guard Trevon Duval went further, pointing to the unique presence Allen has on this season’s Duke roster.

Nick Saban has assembled the top class in the country seven times in the last nine years, according to Rivals. In related news, Alabama almost always has the most talented team. Alabama is what would happen in the NFL if you gave Saban’s buddy Bill Belichick the best draft picks and most cap room every year. If the Crimson Tide win the national championship next month, that will be their sixth title in nine years. Saban can honestly tell recruits, “We usually win the national championship,” and with truths like that, who needs to lie?

You might say Alabama’s success is tiresome, its program is unlovable, and college football would be more fun if Saban had a couple sub-.500 seasons, but if you do, I suggest you stay far away from Alabama, which has always been my favorite state, by the way.

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Recruiting is the art of selling without sounding like a salesman. Saban did it well at Michigan State, did it better at LSU, and has done it on an almost unprecedented scale at Alabama. He identifies talent as well as anybody, but he has also turned Alabama into a brand that not even Urban Meyer at Ohio State could match. If a player’s primary goals are to win, play in an intense atmosphere and get to the NFL, Alabama has a huge head start. Alabama is not like USC, Florida or Texas. Alabama is Apple; if you want an iPhone, you have to go there.

Whoever said, “It’s harder to stay on top then get to the top” never recruited against Krzyzewski or Saban. Krzyzewski’s recent record is not as incredible as Saban’s, but that is largely because college basketball is a more volatile sport, especially these days. Over the long term, Krzyzewski’s career is actually more impressive than Saban’s.

Barrett leads No. 3 Duke past Hartford, 84-54

Barrett leads No. 3 Duke past Hartford, 84-54 Freshman RJ Barrett had 27 points and a season-best 15 rebounds, and No. 3 Duke pulled away to rout Hartford 84-54 on Wednesday night. BOX SCORE: DUKE 84, HARTFORD 54 Zion Williamson added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Tre Jones and Javin Delaurier finished with 10 points apiece to help the Blue Devils (8-1) win their third straight. Duke shot 62 percent in the second half to more than make up for hitting just five 3-pointers — matching a season low. J.R. Lynch scored 13 points and Jason Dunne added 12 for Hartford (3-7), a 38-point underdog that hung around well into the second half before fading.

“ Duke ’s preseason juggernaut turned into Coach K ’s greatest bust ever”. Holy knee-jerk reaction, Batman. It’s true that it’s time for Coach K to join Why endure the rigors of recruiting 17-year-olds who already think they’re millionaires? Why promise parents you’ll adopt their gifted kids, knowing you

Coach K quickly turned the program into one of college basketball's finest. Krzyzewski , 70, has won five national championships at Duke —1991, 1992 Krzyzewski has been named ACC Coach of the Year five times and the Naismith College Coach of the Year three times. Coach K has also had

Krzyzewski first took Duke to the Final Four in 1986, before there was a three-point line. He built an empire competing against Dean Smith and has maintained it against Roy Williams and John Calipari. He won titles when his stars usually stayed four years, when they started to leave after two or three and now, in the one-and-done era.

If college basketball eliminated foul shots, switched from 5-on-5 to 4-on-4, made one player on each team wear a blindfold and gave everybody two years to adjust, the favorite to win the 2021 national title would be Duke.

Coach K is obviously a terrific basketball coach, but his genius is not in X’s and O’s. It is in reading situations and figuring out how to succeed in them. He has earned the trust of the biggest stars in the world, in the Olympics, and of high school kids.

Longtime college basketball fans may find the modern Coach K bewildering. A generation or two ago, people mocked him for having a team of geeks, droning on about graduation rates, and now look at him. But he pulls it off largely because today’s recruits believe they see the same guy that Bobby Hurley and Christian Laettner and Shane Battier saw all those years ago.

No. 3 Duke pulls away late to beat pesky Hartford

No. 3 Duke pulls away late to beat pesky Hartford It never felt like Duke was in serious danger of losing Wednesday night, that Hartford would be the first nonconference team to beat the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium since February 2000. That doesn't mean Duke's 84-54 win over the Hawks was comfortable by any stretch. BOX SCORE: DUKE 84, HARTFORD 54 This is, after all, a Duke team that's outscored its opponents by an average of 26.1 points per game this season. Against Hartford (3-7), the Blue Devils didn't push their lead over 20 points until Zion Williamson's layup with 7:08 remaining.

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school is looking into whether coach Mike Krzyzewski violated any rules after reportedly offering a scholarship to a recruit during a summer tournament. Noting that "proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke Athletics," a Dook spokesman

Many coaches these days offer scholarships to multiple players at one position. Krzyzewski tries to avoid that. As he told me a few years ago: “The guilt trip that sometimes people put these kids through, I don’t want that to be the basis of our relationship … I want them to trust me from the very beginning.”

This approach is risky with one-and-done players, because if you whiff, there is nobody left. It requires an incredible level of self-comfort, and Krzyzewski has it. It is easy to say, “Duke gets everybody” now. But when Krzyzewski shifted strategies toward elite short-timers, Kentucky coach John Calipari seemed to own that market indefinitely.

Calipari recently declared himself “overrated as a recruiter,” which was meant to sound self-deprecating but of course was not. In all my years of talking to college coaches, I have never heard one say he or she wanted to be known primarily as a recruiter. That would be like an actor asking to be known for his good looks or a politician proclaiming he won because of name recognition.

We all tell ourselves that our success comes from substance. What separates Krzyzewski is how well he convinces others his success comes from substance. Vernon Carey Jr. just turned down two Hall of Famers, Roy Williams and Tom Izzo. He would have done very well under either of them. But Carey knows what every Alabama recruit knows: If he wants to win, play in a great atmosphere and become an excellent pro, he made the safest choice.

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