The youngest Blue Devil, at 18, freshman Andre Dawkins played with a heavy heart after his sister Lacey was killed in a car accident in December. But he had a strong inaugural season, shooting 37.4% outside and providing hard-nosed defense off the bench.
IN THE CARDS
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that before the season began Nolan Smith was an "unsung hero." Sure enough, the junior guard, here stretching out to make a pass against Arizona State in November, soon commanded everyone's attention with 14 20-point games in the regular season.
Jon Scheyer's switch from shooting guard to floor general late in the 2008-09 season triggered Duke's return to glory. This season the two-time co-captain led his team with 18.6 points per game, 5.0 assists and 94 treys and was named a second-team All-America.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCKS
Mason Plumlee made the most of his court time as a freshman. Averaging just less than 15 minutes a game, the athletic 6' 10" big man teamed up with his brother Miles to give Duke a deep inside presence.
Whether starting for the Blue Devils or coming off the bench, 6' 10", 240-pound sophomore Miles Plumlee added bulk to Duke's front line. The older Plumlee had 24 blocks and a team-leading 30 dunks, including this throwdown against Boston College in January.