In Friday’s version of The Mount Ethereal Information, I wrote a column about what the final word Duke-Carolina basketball sport may seem like.
I put collectively a primary group and a second group of UNC gamers from my very own viewership (which dates again to 1982). So sorry to greats like Phil Ford and Mike Gminski, however I by no means noticed them play in school and may’t touch upon them myself.
To see my UNC picks, here’s a hyperlink to that column: https://bit.ly/2ANJpMh.
Duke is a more durable group to select. Each single participant on the Carolina roster performed at the least two seasons in mild blue. Nonetheless, Duke has turn out to be the chief of the one-and-done period. So many nice athletes have left after a lone season. How do you examine that to a Trajan Langdon who was good for a very long time, however by no means superb?
So for my Duke group, to even be thought-about on my first or second group, a one-and-done participant needed to have carried out nicely sufficient to earn All-America standing. This implies six gamers prior to now seven seasons.
PG: Bobby Hurley, Jay Williams
SG: Johnny Dawkins, J.J. Redick, Trajan Langdon
SF: Grant Hill, Shane Battier
PF: Danny Ferry, Zion Williamson
C: Christian Laettner, Sheldon Williams, Carlos Boozer
PG: Chris Duhon, Nolan Smith
SG: Jon Scheyer, Luke Kennard
SF: Kyle Singler, Chris Carrawell, Jabari Parker
PF: Mark Alarie, Mason Plumlee, Marvin Bagley III
C: Elton Model, Vernon Carey Jr.
Hurley is the all-time NCAA chief in assists with 1,076. He additionally tallied 1,731 factors, 202 steals and 306 rebounds. Folks overlook he additionally shot 40.5% from deep regardless of a shaky freshman yr.
Jay Williams scored 2,000 profession factors in solely three seasons to go along with 644 assists, 395 rebounds and 235 steals. He shot 39.3% on 3’s and 51.4% on 2’s. His 313 3’s made are ninth in ACC historical past in simply three seasons; he’s twelfth in steals in three seasons and was on tempo to be within the prime 4 in each classes with a senior yr.
Dawkins held Duke’s profession scoring file for years till J.J. Redick got here alongside. He completed with 2,556 factors (and not using a 3-point line for 3 seasons), plus 555 assists, 536 boards and 168 steals.
Redick scored 2,769 factors, aided by an ACC-record (and third in NCAA historical past) 457 3-pointers at a fee of 40.6%. He additionally shot 91.2% on the foul line, making 662 (good for fifth-best in ACC historical past).
Trajan Langdon scored 1,974 factors with 42.6% capturing from deep, 48.6% on 2’s, 86.2% from the road and 342 profession 3’s made.
Grant Hill had 1,924 factors, 769 rebounds, 461 assists, 218 steals and 133 blocks. He shot 53.2%, together with 61.1% in Duke’s 1991-92 title yr. He hardly shot any 3’s till his senior yr when he abruptly made 39 out of 100. He was ACC participant of the yr in 1994 and the NABC defensive participant of the yr in 1993 (2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks).
Shane Battier was a three-time NABC defensive participant of the yr. He was co-player of the yr with UNC’s Joseph Forte in 2001 — he ought to have received it in 2000 as nicely, however Coach Ok lobbied all season for people to select senior Chris Carrawell (and it labored).
Battier completed with 1,984 factors, 887 boards, 266 steals, 254 blocks and 239 assists. He’s sixth in ACC historical past in steals and tenth in blocks and the one participant in league historical past to prime 250 in each classes.
Ferry grew to become participant as a junior after which to nice as a senior, scoring 22.6 factors, capturing 54.4% on 2’s and 42.5% on 3’s to go along with 7.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals. He’s twelfth in ACC historical past in scoring and tenth in rebounding.
Zion Williamson will get a spot regardless of just one season as a result of he shot an astounding 74.7% on his 2-point tries. He averaged 22.6 factors, 33.8% from deep, 8.9 boards, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks. Fairly a yr.
Laettner was the chief on a group that went to a few straight NCAA title video games, successful twice. He scored 2,460 factors with 1,149 boards, 243 steals and 145 blocks. As a senior he shot 58.0% on 2’s and a whopping 55.7% on 3’s.
He’s fifth in ACC historical past in scoring, sixth in boards, ninth in steals, third in free throws made, and stands second in true capturing proportion (which weights 3’s increased) to fellow Blue Satan Carlos Boozer.
Sheldon Williams was a two-time NABC defensive participant of the yr. He scored 1,928 factors with 1,262 rebounds, 422 blocks, 161 steals, whereas capturing 57.2% from the sector. He’s second in ACC historical past in rebounds and third in blocks.
Carlos Boozer leads the ACC in true capturing proportion (tracked since 1985). He’s second to Antawn Jamison in profession win shares for any early-entry candidate for the NBA Draft. Tracked since 1985, he’s the ACC’s area aim chief at 63.1% (nicely forward of Wake’s Eric Williams at 59.3%).
Combo PG/SG Nolan Smith was onerous to depart off the primary group. He was the 2011 participant of the yr (20.6 factors, 50.1% capturing on 2’s, 35% on 3’s, 5.1 assists, 4.5 boards, 1.2 steals). He completed with 1,911 factors, 406 assists and 398 boards.
Chris Duhon had 1,268 factors, 819 assists, 300 steals and 489 rebounds. He made the ACC all-defensive group twice and was fourth in ACC historical past in steals.
Jon Scheyer scored 2,077 factors and performed PG his senior yr. He shot 38% from 3’s three straight seasons and 86.1% on the line.
Luke Kennard’s sophomore marketing campaign noticed him scored 19.5 factors on 52.5% capturing on 2’s, 43.8% on 3’s and 85.6% on the line to go along with 5.1 boards and a pair of.5 assists.
Kyle Singler scored 2,392 factors (sixth in ACC historical past) with 1,015 boards (18th), 293 assists, 168 steals and 107 blocks. He’s fourth in profession win shares since 1995.
Carrawell was ACC participant of the yr and an all-defense performer in 2000. His senior yr he averaged 17 factors, 6 boards, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
Parker was a publish participant for Duke, however confirmed sufficient exterior sport to place him on the group at SF for my functions. In 2014 he averaged 19.1 factors on 50.4% for two’s and 35.8% from deep with 8.7 boards.
Alarie scored 2,136 factors, capturing 55.0% and 79.7% on the line. He had 833 boards, 121 steals and 104 blocks.
Mason Plumlee totaled 1,384 factors (on 57.4% capturing), 1,088 boards, 115 steals and 199 blocks.
Bagley in 2018 averaged 21.0 factors on 64.7% capturing on 2’s and 39.7% from deep. He additionally collected 11.1 rebounds.
Earlier than he performed his first sport, Model was referred to as the very best publish participant he’d ever recruited by Coach Ok. Model scored 972 in only a season and a half on 61.2% capturing with 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.9 blocks.
Jahlil Okafor in 2015 scored 17.3 factors on 66.4% capturing with 8.5 boards and 1.4 blocks.
Present rookie of the yr Vernon Carey Jr. averaged 17.8 factors., 8.8 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals — in solely 25 minutes performed. He shot 59.0% on 2’s and 38.1% on 3’s.
In a hypothetical Duke/UNC sport, listed below are how the matchups would shake out.
On the PG spot you’ll have Hurley and Williams towards Ty Lawson/Ed Cota. The sting goes to Duke.
At SG, Dawkins couldn’t cease Michael Jordan within the Eighties and may’t do it right here. Edge: UNC.
Jerry Stackhouse and George Lynch are good, however Battier and Hill are particular. Edge: Duke.
At PF are Antawn Jamison, Rasheed Wallace and Brice Johnson towards Ferry and Zion. Rasheed may be the one one who may gradual Zion down. And Jamison was a beast. Edge: UNC
At heart is Tyler Hansbrough, Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty towards Laettner, Sheldon and Boozer. Hansbrough couldn’t dominate towards the muscular Williams, and Laettner’s lengthy capturing is a matchup nightmare. Edge: Duke.
With three of the 5 spots going to Duke, I’ve to offer the win to the Blue Devils, however everyone knows to by no means rely out His Airness.
I give the Second Group honors to UNC due to all of the expertise that squad would have over Duke’s one-and-doners.
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Attain Jeff at 415-4692.