It takes quite a lot to get Coach K excited and it looks like his most recent recruiting class is doing just that. “We have the right ingredients to be very good,” he said in a phone interview with ESPN.com. “And that’s what we’re going to try and do — be very good.”
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That might be an understatement considering the talent still on campus and the amount of it piling on the Duke bandwagon. Krzyzewski has six guys coming on to campus that includes three top-10 recruits (Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson). But that’s not what excites him the most.
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“I’m more excited because we have such good upperclassmen to teach the younger guys,” Krzyzewski said. “Upperclass leadership with such a young group is a gift.” And one that K can appreciate considering he was playing with fire for a lot of last season by giving only six guys consistent minutes. Now he will have an actual bench to work with and won’t run guys ragged for the season.
Some people are worried that Coach K won’t be able to handle that many egos with six new guys coming in — a pretty big class by Coach K standards — but that’s not what he’s worried about. In fact, he’s not worried at all.
“We not only have really good guys, we have really secure guys,” he said. “They’re in it for one thing and that’s us winning games. They’ve already won. Most of them have won a national championship. They’ve won 60 games for us. They get us.”
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Sounds like the coach is confident in how his team will look this season and it will probably be a disappointment if they don’t get farther than what they did last season, an Elite Eight loss to Oregon.