• Coach’s Corner: Q&A with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski

    Posted: December 14th, 2014

    Mike Krzyzewski has coached the best basketball players on the planet, so when he hypes a player, you better listen.

    All fall, Krzyzewski raved about his 6-11 freshman center, Jahlil Okafor. “There’s nobody like him,” he said back in September. He’s already acknowledged he expects Okafor’s stay in Durham to be short, and that Okafor will be among the top picks in the 2015 NBA draft.

    Eight games into the season, Okafor is averaging 17.1 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. But it’s too simple to say Okafor alone is the reason for Duke’s 8-0 start and No. 2 ranking.

    Look at the rest of the Blue Devils’ star-studded freshman class — from the athleticism of Justise Winslow to the second-half play of Tyus Jones. Throw in a group of veterans, led by senior Quinn Cook, comfortable taking on different and, at times, reduced roles to benefit the team.

    This is a Duke team whose strengths were last year’s squad’s weaknesses; it’s mentally tougher, much better defensively and boasts a more versatile offense because of the way it utilizes its dominant big, Okafor.

    Krzyzewski, speaking as part of a media tour to raise awareness for osteoarthritis talked ?with USA TODAY Sports college sports reporter Nicole Auerbach this week about Okafor’s performance, what it takes to be an elite team this season and how college football’s inaugural playoff process has gone so far.

    Read the full article on USAToday.com


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