Duke fans will be reminded of Austin Rivers every time the Blue Devils face rival UNC as the Florida native hit the most memorable shot in the history of the rivalry. Rivers silenced the Smith Center crowd and snapped UNC's 31-game homecourt winning streak by drilling a 3 at the buzzer to give Duke an 85-84 win. The 2012 All-American scored a career-high 29 points in the game and capped a furious 10-point Duke comeback in the game's final 2:15. Never afraid to take the big shot, Austin averaged 15.5 PPG during his one year at Duke before being selected by New Orleans with the 10th pick of the 201 NBA Draft.
2011 1st Pick of NBA Draft
Kyrie Irving exploded onto the scene as a freshman when he poured in 31 points against No. 6 Michigan State in just his seventh college game. Shortly after becoming just the fourth Duke freshman to score 30+ in a single game, Irving was sidelined with a toe injury and was unable to return to action until the NCAA Tournament. NBA scouts had seen enough, however, and Kyrie was selected with the first pick of the 2011 NBA Draft after averaging 17.5 PPG and 4.3 APG as a Blue Devil. A year later, the New Jersey native won the NBA Rookie of the Year by a landslide and has emerged as one of the league's brightest young stars.
2010 NCAA Regional MVP
2011 ACC Player of the Year
2011 ACC Tournament MVP
Nolan Smith graduated from Duke as a national champion, an All-American, the ACC Player of the Year and one of the greatest ambassadors the program has ever seen. "The People's Champ" exploded during a junior campaign in which he helped Duke win the 2010 national title. Smith's scoring average doubled from 8.4 PPG to 17.4 PPG and Duke fans will not soon forget the 29 points he dropped on Baylor to push the Blue Devils to the Final Four that season. Nolan wasn't done after cutting the nets down in Indianapolis, as he emerged as a National Player of the Year candidate in his senior season. Averaging 20.6 PPG and 5.1 APG, the Maryland native helped Duke win the ACC Tournament crown despite the loss of the nation's top guard, Kyrie Irving. Smith's finest Duke game was his final home matchup against UNC, when he poured in a career-high 34 points as the Blue Devils erased a 14-point halftime deficit. In addition to his on-court impact, Nolan will be remembered for his trademark smile, gregarious personality, social media savvy and constant effort he made to connect with fans.
2008 ACC Rookie of the Year
2010 ACC Tournament MVP
2010 Final Four MVP
Cameron Indoor Stadium has seen no greater competitor than Kyle Singler. The Oregon native scored 2,392 points in his career, ranking fourth all-time at Duke. The 2011 All-American is among nine ACC players to score 2,000+ while hauling in over 1,000 boards. One of only four Blue Devils to earn four All-ACC honors, Singler ranks second all-time at Duke with 125 career wins. Averaging over 30 wins per season, Singler won more games as a starter than any player in ACC history. The 6'8" forward played some of his best basketball under the bright lights of the Final Four, averaging 20.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 3.5 APG in a pair of wins that brought Duke our fourth national title in school history. Duke fans will never forget Singler's focus, hustle and toughness and every Blue Devil player since Kyle graduated has heard stories of his heart and will.
If you want to win a basketball game, you want to have Jon Scheyer on your team. The 2010 All-American does all the little things necessary to win and has an uncanny feel for the game. As a senior, Scheyer made the switch to full-time point guard and had an unbelievable season, winning all five possible championships headlined by the fourth national title in school history. Just the 10th Duke player to score 2,000 points, Scheyer registered 18.2 PPG, 4.9 APG, 3.6 RPG and a steady 3.0 A/TO ratio as a senior. The Illinois native also became the first Duke player to record at least 2,000 points, 500 boards, 400 dimes, and 200 steals in a career during his epic final year at Duke. Jon's final appearances in Cameron included an 82-50 demolition of UNC on his Senior Night, the welcome-home celebration honoring the national champions, the team banquet honoring the champs, and the ring and banner unveiling at Countdown to Craziness. In other words, Jon went out in superb style.
Gerald Henderson developed into one of the most lethal wing threats in Duke history during his three years on campus, possessing breathtaking athleticism and a silky-smooth skill set. The superb athlete may have the nicest dunk highlight reel of any Duke player since Grant Hill and no one makes jumping look easier. As a junior, G helped Duke to the ACC Tournament crown while playing the best hoops of his career, averaging 16.5 PPG , 4.9 RPG and 2.5 APG. The 2009 NBA Draft lottery pick currently plays for the Charlotte Bobcats.
DeMarcus Nelson was a scoring guard who could both finish strong around the basket and hit jumpers out to three-point range. The powerhouse athlete captained Duke's 2008 team, notching career highs in points (14.5 PPG), rebounds (5.8 RPG), assists (2.9 APG) and FG percentage (49%). The California native is one of the strongest perimeter players to ever wear a Duke uniform and was a hard-nosed guard who led by example. Since graduating from Duke, Nelson has played in the NBA and overseas.
Retired jersey (#23)
2005, 2006 National Defensive Player of the Year
Shelden Williams arrived at Duke nicknamed "The Landlord" and certainly lived up to the moniker during a standout four-year Blue Devil career. On his way to having his jersey retired, Williams became Duke's all-time leader in rebounds (1,262) and blocks (422). The Landlord won a pair of National Defensive Player of the Year honors while dominating the paint and becoming the first player in NCAA history to register 1,750 points, 1,250 boards, 400 blocks and 150 steals in a career. The Oklahoma native was selected with the 5th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft.
3pt FG%: .406
Retired jersey (#4)
2005, 2006 National Player of the Year
2005 ACC Player of the Year
JJ Redick is arguably the best pure shooter not only in Duke history but also in the history of college hoops. JJ's numbers over his career at Duke are gaudy: 2,769 points (Duke record), 457 three-point field goals made (NCAA record), and a career free throw percentage of .912 (tops at Duke). The Virginia sharpshooter owns the ACC record for most consecutive free throws made, most ACC Tournament points and most triples made. JJ was selected 11th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft and currently plays for the Orlando Magic.
In his one year at Duke before becoming the 7th overall lottery pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Luol Deng made his mark averaging 15.1 PPG and 6.9 RPG. Although he was a freshman, Luol played like a seasoned veteran in NCAA tournament games averaging 17.6 points per contest in helping lead the Blue Devils to the 2004 Final Four. Professionally, Luol Deng has had an outstanding NBA career thus far for the Chicago Bulls, earning All-Star recognition in 2012.
2001 ACC Rookie of the Year
As a freshman, Chris Duhon was a key member of the 2001 national championship team that boasted five future NBA starters. The Louisiana native went on to have an outstanding career highlighted by a gutsy senior year in which he led Duke to the Final Four while playing with a broken rib. Duke fans remember C-Du for his outstanding leadership, savvy decision-making at the point and stellar playmaking ability. The 2004 All-American finished his career at Duke as the all-time leader in steals (300) and minutes played (4,813), and is now a member of the LA Lakers.
In his three-year tenure at Duke, Mike Dunleavy evolved into perhaps the most versatile player in the nation. Dunleavy was recruited by Duke as a 6'5" wing with guard skills, but then grew another four inches to become a 6'9" forward that could handle and shoot the ball on the perimeter and drive against slower defenders. Dunleavy's 21 points in the 2001 NCAA title game, including three consecutive three-pointers in a decisive 11-2 run, propelled Duke to the third national championship in school history. The Oregon native was selected 3rd overall in the 2002 NBA Draft and currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Carlos Boozer was the rock that stabilized the 2001 national championship squad. Boozer's plethora of post moves made him a dependable scoring option, and his solid low-post defense and rebounding ability made him a complete big man. Additionally, Boozer's agility for a low post player and his ability to run the high pick and roll as well as get up and down the floor on the fast break made him a nightmare for opposing big men to guard. Today, the Alaska native is a two-time NBA All-Star and an accomplished veteran in the league, currently signed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Chicago Bulls.
Retired jersey (#22)
2001, 2002 National Player of the Year
2001, 2002 All-American
2001 ACC Rookie of the Year
2001 NCAA Regional MVP
The Crazies know -- J-Will... J-Will rock you. When Jason Williams stepped onto the court, opposing defenses were at his mercy. Jason had every offensive skill in his repertoire: he could knock down NBA three-pointers, blow by his defender and get into the lane, split two defenders on a pick and roll, or simply call his own number and beat his defender off the bounce. In a Sweet 16 game en route to the 2001 national title, J-Will scored 17 straight points against UCLA to bust the game open. That same year, Jason led the "Miracle Minute" comeback against Maryland by scoring eight points in 20 seconds. The New Jersey native's career accolades include two-time National Player of the Year, a feat not duplicated since 1983. Jason was chosen with the 2nd pick of the 2002 NBA Draft and currently serves as an analyst for ESPN.
2000 ACC Player of the Year
Chris Carrawell is one of the most versatile players to ever don the Duke blue and white. Defensively, C-Well guarded positions 1 through 5, including a defensive matchup with National Player of the Year Tim Duncan from Wake Forest in a 1997 Blue Devil win. Offensively, Carrawell's smooth mid-range game combined with his ability to make plays around the rim led to his ACC Player of the Year distinction and All-American status in 2000. The St. Louis native's 66 total ACC wins still ranks second all time.
Retired jersey (#31)
2001 National Player of the Year
2000, 2001 All-American
1999, 2000, 2001 National Defensive Player of the Year
2001 Final Four MVP
Who's your daddy? Battier. Shane Battier was as complete a basketball player as the NCAA has ever seen. The three-time National Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-American dominated both sides of the ball with his stout defense as well as his ability to shoot the rock and make plays around the rim. Thanks to his tough interior play and timely blocks, Battier's career was capped with a National Championship in 2001. After being selected with the sixth pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, Shane has gone on to have a productive career in the NBA as a two-time NBA All-Defensive team selection and 2012 NBA world champ.
1999 National Player of the Year
1999 ACC Player of the Year
1999 1st Pick of NBA Draft
Elton Brand was a beast in the paint during his Blue Devil career, dominating the boards and scoring early and often in the Duke blue and white. The New York native averaged 17.7 PPG and 9.8 RPG on a 1999 Blue Devil team that went 37-2 and reached the Final Four after obliterating opponents at the ACC Tournament by a record 25 PPG. Brand was named 1999 National Player of the Year for his outstanding work in the frontcourt and then was selected with the first pick of the 1999 NBA Draft. Since then, EB has earned the NBA Rookie of the Year award and a pair of NBA All-Star selections.
Trajan Langdon was a sharpshooting Blue Devil guard from Alaska who captained Duke as a senior during one of the best seasons in school history in 1999. The "Alaskan Assassin" ranks second all-time in 3's at Duke (342) behind only the NCAA's career leader, JJ Redick. Langdon was a lottery pick in the 1999 draft and also a sixth-round pick in the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft. After graduating from Duke, Langdon became the first Alaskan to play in the NBA and is currently an NBA scout.
Retired jersey (#12)
1992, 1993 All-American
1992 Final Four MVP
1991 NCAA Regional MVP
The daring Bobby Hurley was a four-year starter at point guard who helped lead Duke to two national titles and three Final Fours. To this day, Hurley owns the NCAA record for career assists (1,076) and Duke's single-game assist record of 16. Hurley also started the New Jersey pipeline for Duke point guards, paving the way for Jason Williams and Kyrie Irving. Hurley's No. 11 jersey was retired in 1993 and he was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team as one of the top 50 players in league history. The 7th pick of the 1993 NBA Draft currently is an assistant coach under his brother Dan at Rhode Island.
Retired jersey (#33)
1993 National Defensive Player of the Year
1992, 1993, 1994 All-American
1994 ACC Player of the Year
1994 NCAA Regional MVP
Grant Hill became the first player in ACC history to collect more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots. The electric athlete won a pair of NCAA titles and soared all over the court for Duke in three Final Fours. The three-time All-American and one of the most complete student-athletes ever at Duke has his No. 33 jersey retired in Cameron. After graduating, Hill was selected third in the 1994 NBA Draft and shortly after was named NBA Co-Rookie of the Year. The Virginia native is a seven-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA sportsmanship award winner.
Retired jersey (#32)
1992 National Player of the Year
1990, 1991, 1992 All-American
1992 ACC Player of the Year
1991 Final Four MVP
1990, 1992 NCAA Regional MVP
Christian Laettner is one of the most decorated student-athletes in NCAA history having guided the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992. His list of honors is extraordinary and his performance in big games is unforgettable. The New York native reached the Final Four all four years of his career and is the Big Dance's career scoring leader. He had arguably the greatest single-game performance in the history of college basketball in the 1992 East Regional Final, hitting all 10 of his field-goal attempts including the greatest shot in basketball history, a buzzer-beater to defeat Kentucky 104-103 in OT. The Duke jersey retiree was the third pick of the 1992 NBA Draft and enjoyed a 13-year professional career that included a spot on the league's All-Rookie team in 1993 and All-Star squad in 1997. Named one of the ACC's top 50 male athletes for the first 50 years of the conference in 2003, Laettner also was a member of the 1992 US Olympic "Dream Team."
Retired jersey (#35)
1989 National Player of the Year
1988, 1989 ACC Player of the Year
1988, 1989 All-American
1988, 1989 NCAA Regional MVP
While helping Duke reach three Final Fours, Danny Ferry became the first player in ACC history to compile 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists. Among the numerous accolades he earned in his career were: two-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time All-American, and National Player of the Year. The Maryland native poured in 58 against Miami in 1988 to set a school record for points in a game. The second overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft went on to have a productive 13-year career that included an NBA championship in 2003 with the San Antonio Spurs. His #35 Duke jersey was retired on February 18, 1989 in Cameron.
1987 National Defensive Player of the Year
Tommy Amaker was a four-year starter at point guard under Coach K and the first ever winner of the National Defensive Player of the Year award. For his career, the speedy, heady Amaker totaled 708 assists and 259 steals, ranking third all time in both categories at Duke. Amaker is now the head coach at Harvard University where he attained the winningest record in school history in just his third season.
Mark Alarie was a key player in the revitalization of Duke Basketball under Coach K. A member of Duke's famed class of 1986, Alarie was one of the most consistent and reliable players as the Blue Devils rebuilt the championship program. The Phoenix native still ranks fifth on Duke's all-time scoring list with 2,136 career points. The 1986 All-American went on to play six years in the NBA with Denver and Washington.
Retired jersey (#24)
1986 National Player of the Year
1985, 1986 All-American
1986 NCAA Regional MVP
In the Coach K era, Johnny Dawkins is known as the recruit that "started it all." During his illustrious career that laid the foundation for a new era of Duke basketball success and dominance nationally, Dawkins was the first Duke player to become a two-time consensus First-Team All-American. With 2,556 career points, Dawkins was the school's scoring leader until 2006. In his final season wearing the blue and white, the Washington, DC native led Duke to an NCAA record 37 wins and an appearance in the national title game. Dawkins is now the head coach at Stanford University, and his No. 24 jersey is retired in Cameron.
1979, 1981 All-American
1978 ACC Rookie of the Year
Hailing from West Philadelphia High School as a three-time high school All-American, Gene "Tinkerbell" Banks was a freshman starter and ACC Rookie of the Year on the 1978 Duke team that advanced to the NCAA Championship Game. Banks starred at Duke where he is the only player in school history to rank in the top 10 all time in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. After becoming Coach K's first All-American in his senior season, the Pennsylvania native went on to play six seasons in the NBA.
1978, 1979 All-American
1978 NCAA Regional MVP
1976 ACC Rookie of the Year
As the team captain in 1978, Jim Spanarkel led Duke to the Final Four for the school's fourth trip to college basketball's Promised Land. During his four years, Spanakel led his squad offensively and has the distinction of being Duke's first 2,000 point scorer. After playing five seasons in the NBA, Spanarkel is now an NBA and college basketball television analyst.
Retired jersey (#43)
1979 ACC Player of the Year
1977 ACC Rookie of the Year
Mike Gminski, otherwise known as the "G-Man", finished his Duke career atop the Blue Devil charts in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Nearly 30 years later, the G-Man is still seventh all time in the ACC in points and boards, and second at Duke in rebounds and blocks. The Connecticut native went on to be drafted 7th overall in the NBA where he played for 14 seasons before becoming a college hoops TV commentator. Gminski's #43 jersey is forever immortalized in the Cameron rafters.
During his three seasons at Duke, Randy Denton led the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding on his way to becoming one of the best centers in school history. Following in Mike Lewis' footsteps, Denton edged out Lewis on the boards to become Duke's career leader in rebounds per game (12.7). Denton's impressive average is still tops at Duke and ranked in the top ten in the ACC.
Mike Lewis' career at Duke was defined by his strong rebounding ability and defensive toughness in the paint. In 1967, Lewis did his part to hand UCLA their only loss of their eventual national championship season by snatching 21 boards in the ball game. The Montana native ranks second all time at Duke in rebounding average at 12.5 RPG.
Bob Verga is considered one of Duke's best shooters of all time. Playing in an era before the three-point line, Verga still set the Duke single-season points record at 26.7 PPG scoring mostly on long-range shots. The New Jersey native went on to average 21.1 PPG in five seasons in the ABA before playing one year in the NBA with Portland.
Jack Marin was known at Duke as the "Jack of all trades and a master of most of them." As a 6'6" perimeter-oriented player during an era in which players of his stature typically played in the post, Marin was versatile in his ability to shoot, pass, and handle the ball against smaller defenders. After accomplishing All-American status in college and reaching a pair of Final Fours, Marin went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA.
6' 4" 185
Retired Jersey (#44)
1963, 1964 All-American
1964 ACC Player of the Year
1964 NCAA Regional MVP
Jeff Mullins was the 3rd player to have his jersey retired at Duke following a career in which he was selected as an All-American twice and reached a pair of Final Fours. Immediately after his collegiate career concluded, Mullins was drafted 6th overall in the 1964 draft and he was a member of the 1964 Olympic Gold Medal basketball team. Mullins went on to help the Golden State Warriors win the 1967 Western Conference title and the 1975 NBA Championship, averaging 16.2 points for his career.
6' 5" 205
Retired jersey (#25)
1963 National Player of the Year
1963 ACC Player of the Year
1963 Final Four MVP
Art Heyman had a prolific collegiate career where he was a three-time All-American and a National Player of the Year, helping Duke reach the Final Four for the first time in school history in 1963. In three seasons at Duke, Heyman averaged a stellar 25.1 PPG and 10.9 RPG, setting the Duke career scoring record at 1,984 points. Heyman went on to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 1963 NBA Draft, and his #25 jersey is retired in the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
6' 0" 180
Retired jersey (#10)
1952 National Player of the Year
1951, 1952 All-American
1951, 1952 Southern Conference Player of the Year
Dick Groat was the first player to ever have his jersey retired in the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Groat was a two-time All-American, a National Player of the Year, and was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 2007. In 1952, he set an NCAA single-season scoring record with 839 points, which included a 48-point barrage against North Carolina that still stands as the highest single game scoring output by any Duke player against the Tar Heels. Despite being selected 3rd overall in the 1952 NBA Draft, Groat made a living playing in the major leagues where he was a two-time World Series Champion, eight-time All-Star and 1960 NL MVP.
Ed Koffenberger was a two-sport star at Duke excelling at basketball and lacrosse. The Delaware native was a two-time All-American and All-Conference selection in basketball and an All-American in lacrosse. Koffenberger also led Duke in scoring in both of his seasons, and he set the school's single-season scoring record at 416 points in 1947.
Coming off the bench for the 1940 squad, Bill Mock led Duke in scoring and was an All-America third team pick. One of Mock's finest moments of his Duke career came in 1941 when he hit the game winning shot over rival UNC. Mock was Duke basketball's second All-American.
In 1930, Bill Werber became the first Duke basketball player to earn All-American honors. The two-sport star at Duke went on to play 11 seasons in the major leagues as a third baseman. In 1940, Werber helped the Cincinnati Reds win the World Series by batting an impressive .370 for the series against the Detroit Tigers. The fleet-footed Werber was also a three-time American League stolen base leader.