Coach K ready for 30th season at Duke
The highlight of
Wearing that vintage uniform, he looked like Johnny Dawkins. And Mike Krzyzewski wouldn’t mind if the guard played like Dawkins, too.
The Hall of Fame coach’s 30th season leading the
“There was never a 30-year plan. Early on, there was not a five-year plan – there was a weekly plan, a daily plan,” Krzyzewski said. “I’ve loved being here for this time, and I think I’ll be here for a while. I don’t have a 32-year plan or a 34-year plan.
“I don’t think I’ll catch (Joe) Paterno or (Bobby) Bowden, but that’s a whole different horse to ride,” he added, referring to the octogenarian football coaches at
Especially with this roster.
If the Atlantic Coast Conference’s co-favorites can find some answers in the backcourt to complement the bulkiest team of Krzyzewski’s tenure, it could make a run at the same kinds of accomplishments achieved by Christian Laettner, Grant Hill and all the other stars of the coach’s three decades on the
A program that for years was defined by its backcourt – think Bobby Hurley and
The 3-point shot will remain an important part of the
But with 6-foot-10 brothers Mason and
“We’re a very tall team … our biggest team since I’ve been here,” Krzyzewski said. “But I think we’re very athletic, and I would hope that we’ll be a very good rebounding team. It’ll be a very different team than we’ve had here for a while, in the fact that we’re changing how we do our offense and some of the things we do defensively to kind of match the talents of who we have.”
Last year marked a revival of the
Four players with significant starting experience are back from the team that hit its stride after a midseason switch that moved Scheyer to point guard and inserted shooting guard
Williams is gone, having transferred to
“Just learning different ways to create shots, whether it be a point guard on me, a shooting guard, just knowing how to do that,” Scheyer said. “I felt comfortable last year, but I feel really comfortable this year. I know what to do. I know where guys need to be on offense.”
“It’s not so much a thin perimeter,” Krzyzewski said. “The way we’re playing, it lends itself even more to (Dawkins’) strengths because he’s going to have big guys screening for him, coming off ready to shoot.”