Friday, May 2, 2008

Duke expected to name Nate Jones as assistant coach

I have learned from a source close to the program that Duke is expected to hire Nate Jones as assistant coach after the departure of Johnny Dawkins to Stanford. Duke's team captain in 2000 and 2001, Jones earned Third Team All-ACC honors in '01. Jones currently serves as the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach and would be a nice addition to a coaching staff that has struggled to groom a dominant big man. With big men on the horizon, the promotion would seem to make sense, especially considering James' playing background.

The source also shed some light on another coaching move in the works for the Blue Devils. Former ACC Player of the Year Chris Carrawell is considering graduate school, which would make him eligible to become the team's graduate assistant, allowing him a spot on the sidelines also. Both situations would continue the trend of Krzyzewski's former players again finding themselves under his tutelage. Current assistants Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins both played under Coach K, as did the departed Dawkins.

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