Here are all the links from the Duke Chronicle’s season profile. We just wanted to mention a couple of things about the article on Gene Banks, which we hope everyone reads as Banks was a hugely important figure in Duke basketball history.
Bill Foster was not particularly laid back. He was funny, at times irreverent, and laconic. But laconic shouldn’t be mistaken for laid back. He was a good man and an excellent coach, but Foster was very tightly wound, as Duke fans came to know in the painful 1979 season.
Coach K corrected the idea that Duke wasn’t on national TV a lot because nobody was on national TV a lot. 1978 was the first year that the ACC Tournament was broadcast nationwide and ESPN was still a year away.
And not to nitpick but with regards the Kenny and Nadine Dennard, every wife has a major influence on her husband’s life. You can be a brilliant college student, but at the end of the day, you haven’t been married for decades and some knowledge is hard-won.
One quick note on the Jalen Johnson article: word about his unusual passing abilities is getting out and what Nate James says got us thinking: who are the best passers in Duke history? It’s a great question really.
Near the top of the list you have to have Bobby Hurley, who is still the NCAA’s career leader in assists and Dick Groat, who led the nation in scoring and assists in 1951-52.
After that though?
It’s a little less certain.
We’d certainly put Danny Ferry on the list. He was a tremendous passer. And we’d certainly consider Chris Duhon and probably Kyrie Irving, though he played so few games it’s hard to put him on the list. Then we’d look at Tommy Amaker and Jon Scheyer, who hardly ever made a bad pass.
And we’d consider Banks too. Banks did everything with flair, including passing.
The truth is though, for whatever reason, Duke really hasn’t had that many guys who consistently made you jump out of your seat, or better yet had you on the edge of your seat, because either a spectacular pass just happened or you’re expecting it.
That’s not surprising though - that kind of passer is incredibly rare. Guys like Bob Cousy, Pete Maravich, Ernie DiGregorio, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and (the other) Jason Williams are, well, exceedingly rare birds. They see things that most people can’t even imagine and then have the nerve to try it.
We’re not saying Duke’s Johnson is in that class. But we will say this: his ability to pass is the most exciting thing about this season. It’s going to be fun to watch.
One final note for the Chronicle’s generally admirable series: Duke won national titles in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015.
Duke also made the Final Four in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1999 and 2004. In all those seasons, Duke only started a traditional center in 1994 (Cherokee Parks), 2004 (Shelden Williams), 2010 (Brian Zoubek) and 2015 (Jahlil Okafor).
- The Chronicle’s Duke men’s basketball 2020-21 season preview
- ‘This is a movement’: Duke men’s basketball joins the battle for social justice
- Getting to know Jalen Johnson, Duke men’s basketball’s mysterious top recruit
- ChronChat: Predicting the 2020-21 Duke men’s basketball season
- Point: Coach K must go against the norm without true center
- Counterpoint: Duke men’s basketball needs a paint job, and Mark’s the man
- Breaking down every player on Duke men’s basketball’s 2020-21 roster
- A look at Duke men’s basketball’s 2020-21 regular-season schedule
- Duke men’s basketball target Patrick Baldwin Jr. discusses recruitment, unique summer and more
- 2020-21 Syracuse men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Virginia men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 N.C. State men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 North Carolina men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Miami men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Clemson men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Georgia Tech men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Virginia Tech men’s basketball-preview
- 2020-21 Wake Forest men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Boston College men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Louisville men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Florida State men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Pittsburgh men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Notre Dame men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Charleston Southern men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Illinois men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Elon men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Bellarmine men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Michigan State men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Coppin State men’s basketball preview
- 2020-21 Gardner Webb men’s basketball preview