Another McCaffrey fan is Kentucky coach Rick Pitino. After watching him score 22 points and dish out a school-record 14 assists to lead the Commodores to a 101-86 upset of his then top-ranked Wildcats on Jan. 13, Pitino suggested that McCaffrey should be a candidate for Player of the Year—not just in the SEC but in the nation.
"That's a great compliment," says McCaffrey, who may be having at least as good a season for Vanderbilt as Hurley is having for Duke, "but I try to keep things in perspective. There are a lot of great players nobody has ever heard of."
Although McCaffrey is weary of being asked why he left Durham, he says he cherishes his Duke memories. As a reminder, he keeps one of his two Final Four rings in his dorm room. Have any of his teammates asked to have a look at it? "No," says McCaffrey with a smile. "I think they're a lot more interested in getting one for themselves."