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Duke’s Nolan Smith Promoted To Full Time Assistant

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OMAHA, NE - MARCH 23: Special assistant Nolan Smith of the Duke Blue Devils walks toward the court prior to their game against the Syracuse Orange during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has promoted Nolan Smith to full-time assistant, taking the job that Nate James left open when he took the Austin Peay job.

Here’s Coach K’s statement:

“Nolan is a rising star. To get him on the court with our players on a day-to-day basis will mean so much to our program. Our players will benefit immensely from his enthusiasm to teach, but also the fact that he’s young enough, he can show them. He can still play. We’re very fortunate that he and his wife Cheyna are so involved in our program and our community. He is a national champion and has been such a great member of my staff as director of basketball operations, but he’s done so much more for our school and our community. Nolan has always used his platform for the good of others. We are so lucky to have him and Durham is even luckier. The staff I’m fortunate to have of Jon Scheyer, Chris Carrawell and now Nolan Smith is a truly special one.”

Smith is a much beloved figure around Duke, with a charismatic personality. He’s going to have a huge impact on the team, on recruiting and with the fan base as well. It’s an obvious promotion but also a very smart one.