Picking my top Duke squad

In Friday’s version of The Mount Ethereal Information, I wrote a column about what the last word Duke-Carolina basketball recreation would possibly appear to be.

I put collectively a primary crew and a second crew of UNC gamers from my very own viewership (which dates again to 1982). So sorry to greats like Phil Ford and Mike Gminski, however I by no means noticed them play in faculty and may’t touch upon them myself.

To see my UNC picks, here’s a hyperlink to that column: https://bit.ly/2ANJpMh.

Duke is a tougher crew to select. Each single participant on the Carolina roster performed no less than two seasons in mild blue. Nonetheless, Duke has develop into the chief of the one-and-done period. So many nice athletes have left after a lone season. How do you examine that to a Trajan Langdon who was good for a very long time, however by no means superb?

So for my Duke crew, to even be thought of on my first or second crew, a one-and-done participant needed to have carried out effectively sufficient to earn All-America standing. This implies six gamers up to now seven seasons.


First Workforce

PG: Bobby Hurley, Jay Williams

SG: Johnny Dawkins, J.J. Redick, Trajan Langdon

SF: Grant Hill, Shane Battier

PF: Danny Ferry, Zion Williamson

C: Christian Laettner, Sheldon Williams, Carlos Boozer

Second Workforce

PG: Chris Duhon, Nolan Smith

SG: Jon Scheyer, Luke Kennard

SF: Kyle Singler, Chris Carrawell, Jabari Parker

PF: Mark Alarie, Mason Plumlee, Marvin Bagley III

C: Elton Model, Vernon Carey Jr.

First Workforce

Hurley is the all-time NCAA chief in assists with 1,076. He additionally tallied 1,731 factors, 202 steals and 306 rebounds. Folks neglect he additionally shot 40.5% from deep regardless of a shaky freshman yr.

Jay Williams scored 2,000 profession factors in solely three seasons to go together with 644 assists, 395 rebounds and 235 steals. He shot 39.3% on 3’s and 51.4% on 2’s. His 313 3’s made are ninth in ACC historical past in simply three seasons; he’s 12th in steals in three seasons and was on tempo to be within the prime 4 in each classes with a senior yr.

Dawkins held Duke’s profession scoring report for years till J.J. Redick got here alongside. He completed with 2,556 factors (with no 3-point line for 3 seasons), plus 555 assists, 536 boards and 168 steals.

Redick scored 2,769 factors, aided by an ACC-record (and third in NCAA historical past) 457 3-pointers at a price of 40.6%. He additionally shot 91.2% on the foul line, making 662 (good for fifth-best in ACC historical past).

Trajan Langdon scored 1,974 factors with 42.6% capturing from deep, 48.6% on 2’s, 86.2% from the road and 342 profession 3’s made.

Grant Hill had 1,924 factors, 769 rebounds, 461 assists, 218 steals and 133 blocks. He shot 53.2%, together with 61.1% in Duke’s 1991-92 title yr. He hardly shot any 3’s till his senior yr when he all of the sudden made 39 out of 100. He was ACC participant of the yr in 1994 and the NABC defensive participant of the yr in 1993 (2.5 steals and 1.Four blocks).

Shane Battier was a three-time NABC defensive participant of the yr. He was co-player of the yr with UNC’s Joseph Forte in 2001 — he ought to have gained it in 2000 as effectively, however Coach Ok lobbied all season for folk to select senior Chris Carrawell (and it labored).

Battier completed with 1,984 factors, 887 boards, 266 steals, 254 blocks and 239 assists. He’s sixth in ACC historical past in steals and 10th in blocks and the one participant in league historical past to prime 250 in each classes.

Ferry grew to become an excellent participant as a junior after which to nice as a senior, scoring 22.6 factors, capturing 54.4% on 2’s and 42.5% on 3’s to go together with 7.Four rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals. He’s 12th in ACC historical past in scoring and 10th in rebounding.

Zion Williamson will get a spot regardless of just one season as a result of he shot an astounding 74.7% on his 2-point tries. He averaged 22.6 factors, 33.8% from deep, 8.9 boards, 2.1 steals and 1.Eight blocks. Fairly a yr.

Laettner was the chief on a crew that went to 3 straight NCAA title video games, successful twice. He scored 2,460 factors with 1,149 boards, 243 steals and 145 blocks. As a senior he shot 58.0% on 2’s and a whopping 55.7% on 3’s.

He’s fifth in ACC historical past in scoring, sixth in boards, ninth in steals, third in free throws made, and stands second in true capturing proportion (which weights 3’s larger) to fellow Blue Satan Carlos Boozer.

Sheldon Williams was a two-time NABC defensive participant of the yr. He scored 1,928 factors with 1,262 rebounds, 422 blocks, 161 steals, whereas capturing 57.2% from the sector. He’s second in ACC historical past in rebounds and third in blocks.

Carlos Boozer leads the ACC in true capturing proportion (tracked since 1985). He’s second to Antawn Jamison in profession win shares for any early-entry candidate for the NBA Draft. Tracked since 1985, he’s the ACC’s discipline objective chief at 63.1% (effectively forward of Wake’s Eric Williams at 59.3%).

Second Workforce

Combo PG/SG Nolan Smith was arduous to depart off the primary crew. He was the 2011 participant of the yr (20.6 factors, 50.1% capturing on 2’s, 35% on 3’s, 5.1 assists, 4.5 boards, 1.2 steals). He completed with 1,911 factors, 406 assists and 398 boards.

Chris Duhon had 1,268 factors, 819 assists, 300 steals and 489 rebounds. He made the ACC all-defensive crew twice and was fourth in ACC historical past in steals.

Jon Scheyer scored 2,077 factors and performed PG his senior yr. He shot 38% from 3’s three straight seasons and 86.1% on the line.

Luke Kennard’s sophomore marketing campaign noticed him scored 19.5 factors on 52.5% capturing on 2’s, 43.8% on 3’s and 85.6% on the line to go together with 5.1 boards and a pair of.5 assists.

Kyle Singler scored 2,392 factors (sixth in ACC historical past) with 1,015 boards (18th), 293 assists, 168 steals and 107 blocks. He’s fourth in profession win shares since 1995.

Carrawell was ACC participant of the yr and an all-defense performer in 2000. His senior yr he averaged 17 factors, 6 boards, Three assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

Parker was a put up participant for Duke, however confirmed sufficient outdoors recreation to place him on the crew at SF for my functions. In 2014 he averaged 19.1 factors on 50.4% for two’s and 35.8% from deep with 8.7 boards.

Alarie scored 2,136 factors, capturing 55.0% and 79.7% on the line. He had 833 boards, 121 steals and 104 blocks.

Mason Plumlee totaled 1,384 factors (on 57.4% capturing), 1,088 boards, 115 steals and 199 blocks.

Bagley in 2018 averaged 21.Zero factors on 64.7% capturing on 2’s and 39.7% from deep. He additionally collected 11.1 rebounds.

Earlier than he performed his first recreation, Model was referred to as the most effective put up participant he’d ever recruited by Coach Ok. Model scored 972 in only a season and a half on 61.2% capturing with 8.9 rebounds, 1.Four steals and 1.9 blocks.

Jahlil Okafor in 2015 scored 17.Three factors on 66.4% capturing with 8.5 boards and 1.Four blocks.

Present rookie of the yr Vernon Carey Jr. averaged 17.Eight factors., 8.Eight boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals — in solely 25 minutes performed. He shot 59.0% on 2’s and 38.1% on 3’s.

Who Wins?

In a hypothetical Duke/UNC recreation, listed below are how the matchups would shake out.

On the PG spot you’d have Hurley and Williams in opposition to Ty Lawson/Ed Cota. The sting goes to Duke.

At SG, Dawkins couldn’t cease Michael Jordan within the 1980s and may’t do it right here. Edge: UNC.

Jerry Stackhouse and George Lynch are good, however Battier and Hill are particular. Edge: Duke.

At PF are Antawn Jamison, Rasheed Wallace and Brice Johnson in opposition to Ferry and Zion. Rasheed is likely to be the one one who may sluggish Zion down. And Jamison was a beast. Edge: UNC

At heart is Tyler Hansbrough, Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty in opposition to Laettner, Sheldon and Boozer. Hansbrough couldn’t dominate in opposition to the muscular Williams, and Laettner’s lengthy capturing is a matchup nightmare. Edge: Duke.

With three of the 5 spots going to Duke, I’ve to provide the win to the Blue Devils, however everyone knows to by no means rely out His Airness.

I give the Second Workforce honors to UNC due to all of the expertise that squad would have over Duke’s one-and-doners.

Alright, 2K Sports activities, give me a online game model so we will settle this as soon as and for all.

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