Top five players at Duke since 2010
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Top five players at Duke since 2010

Which players stand out at Duke since the last two national titles?

Photo: Jahlil Okafor

You might not remember that Mike Krzyzrewski has combined pursuit of a third straight Olympic basketball gold medal this summer to go with his fourth and fifth NCAA titles captured in 2010 and 2015.

But some Duke fans grumbled between the Blue Devils cutting down the nets in 2010 and 2015 that Coach K – whose five NCA titles is second only to 10 by UCLA’s John Wooden – was distracted by his USA national team duties. They pointed to first-round NCAA Tournament losses in 2012 and 2014 despite one-and-done talent such as Austin Rivers, the 10th overall NBA draft pick in 2012, and Jabari Parker, the second overall choice in 2014. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."