Duncan made the Basketball Weekly high school All-America list as a senior, and with his grades now in order, he planned to go to Jacksonville. But when Coach Tates Locke was fired, Duncan chose VCU.
"When Calvin came here, he was a very good scorer, but he didn't have any idea of what to do when he didn't have the basketball," says VCU Coach J.D. Barnett, who consumes a pack of Mentho-Lyptus cough drops a day to ease the effects of screaming at his players. "His concept of the game was 'When you have it, you score with it.' But he has developed the ability to be unselfish and still score when we want him to."
Duncan will occasionally wince at the Voice, as Barnett is sometimes referred to, but he says, "Coach is good for me because we both have the continual drive to improve."
Duncan is probably the most popular man on campus. And he has felt even more at home since his discovery earlier this year that a cousin, 19-year-old Terri Edmunds, is a VCU sophomore. Their meeting led to a Duncan family reunion in South Boston. "I was so happy to find Terri," he says. "It's funny, though. For some reason, I've never been lonely. I've always been lucky to have good friends. It's just been natural."
Barnett, who is sometimes concerned that all the notice Duncan is receiving might affect his behavior on the court, thinks it more likely that the attention will raise Duncan's standards even more. "He's very conscious of what people think," says the Voice, "but I think that's good. I think maybe that's what made Calvin Duncan what he is."