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Wojo In Play For Marquette

Duke Assistant Could Get A Plum Job

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 02: Associate coach Steve Wojciechowski of the Duke Blue Devils passes the ball during practice prior to the 2010 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 2, 2010 in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 02: Associate coach Steve Wojciechowski of the Duke Blue Devils passes the ball during practice prior to the 2010 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 2, 2010 in Indianapolis
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Could the ACC and Big East "trade" Buzz Williams for Steve Wojciechowski? Could be.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Marquette has become very interested in Wojo, partly because of the tremendous job Chris Collins did at Northwestern in his first year in the Big Ten.

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With all due respect to everyone, expecting Wojo to be Collins is a mistake, and that's not to slight Wojo - or Collins - at all.

Wojo, after initial skepticism, has done a tremendous job as Duke's big man specialist. Just look at the track record: Carlos Boozer, Shelden Williams (who came to Duke with virtually no offensive skills), Lance Thomas, Brian Zoubek, Ryan Kelylythe Plumlee brothers, including, lately, Marshall.

Just look at the phenomenal improvement this year of Jabari Parker.

Wojo has always gotten praise for his intensity and his blue-collar work ethic, but rarely has he gotten attention for his intelligence. And we're telling you, he's wicked smart. He's the kind of person - like Tommy Amaker actually - you can be around for 30 seconds and realize he's smarter than anyone you've met in a good while.

He's going to be a tremendous coach, wherever and whenever he becomes a head coach. But why would you hire him because of Chris Collins brilliant work at Northwestern?

True, it can't hurt, and they come from the same school and staff. We get all of that. But there's plenty of reasons to hire Wojo and anyone would be smart to do it. It just doesn't make sense to hire him for what Chris Collins has done. Hire him for his own abilities and accomplishments, and those that he will certainly notch when you do, because he's going to be great.