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CHRIS COLLINS
PABLO S. TORRE
October 20, 2011
THE ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH ON GROWING UP AMONG THE PROS
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October 20, 2011

Chris Collins

THE ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH ON GROWING UP AMONG THE PROS

SI: What did Duke want to achieve with its overseas Friendship Games trip?

CC: We wanted to build chemistry. Almost half the team is new, and they're learning things like where guys like the ball on the floor. And we expect [the returning guys] to take a jump up from the roles they played in the past.

SI: HOW WILL COACH K REACT TO BREAKING THE ALLTIME WINS RECORD THIS YEAR?

CC: I DON'T SENSE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY HE'LL APPROACH THINGS. HE'S ALREADY WON ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING—NATIONAL TITLES, A GOLD MEDAL—AND HE COMES IN HUNGRY ABOUT DOING MORE.

SI: How excited should fans of college basketball be about Austin Rivers?

CC: He's an explosive talent. When things break down, he can create something out of nothing. He's also a great student of the game, and he's used to the spotlight. Talentwise, the sky's the limit.

SI: Several members of the program have had NBA dads, including you [Doug], Rivers [Doc], Seth Curry [Dell] and Alex Murphy [Jay]. Is there a difference when a player has that type of pedigree?

CC: They've seen what it takes to be successful. Those guys have all been exposed to things you can't really teach.

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