Most Duke fans will recognize the name Nolan Smith because he was such a phenomenal player for four years at the school (2007-2011). He won a national title in 2010 and was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2011. Smith averaged 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists during his four years in Durham. Duke made the announcement on Thursday:
Smith played in 84 games over two seasons for the Portland Trail Blazers before continuing his career in Croatia and Turkey. He will join the bench as a “special assistant” which likely means he will be moving up the bench if he decides to stay for a bit and he could eventually become an assistant coach or even associate head coach if no other snatches him up before then.