Special K

By - October 22, 2006

Sure, Duke lost their All-American tandem of J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams to graduation. Yes, the Blue Devils don’t have a single senior on the roster.

But is Mike Krzyzewski’s establishment in Durham ever really down?

“I’d rather be expected to do well than to not do well,” the Hall of Fame coach said during an interview session with the print media. “There would be a high expectation if we returned everybody. There’s a high expectation with us just having one junior and no seniors. That just comes with the territory.”

Krzyzewski noted that assistant athletics director Jon Jackson discovered that this year’s group is the youngest Duke team since World War II. But don’t look for the coach to use that as an excuse.

“We’re not going to be a program that makes excuses. I’ll have to talk a little bit about our youth but I’m not going to talk about us being young all year,” Krzyzewski said.

The big news in the Duke camp is the injury to sophomore point guard Greg Paulus, who has been sidelined indefinitely with a break in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot — an injury suffered during the team's second practice of the season.

“It’s undetermined how long he’ll be out. It’s not like we’re saying months, but it’s weeks,” Krzyzewski said. “I think we’ll know more after this week. He’s still in a boot, he has a bone stimulator on and he gets treatment like it would be a sprain.”

So who will assume floor general duties for the Blue Devils in the meantime?

“[Jon] Scheyer would be there right now, but also it increases [Josh McRoberts’] ball-handling,” Krzyzewski said. “We’d look more like we did in the late 1980s, with [Quin] Snyder and [Danny] Ferry. But Quin was more of a point guard than Jon.

“DeMarcus [Nelson] could go back there but DeMarcus has played well. We don’t want to mess around too much with his role — he’s got to be kind of a dynamic player for us.”

Posted by at 01:40 PM on October 22, 2006
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Bryan: Are you forgetting your Philly roots? Aside from writing this blog during the Iggles game, Gerald Henderson Jr. is ready for prime time. Even though my 8th grade Blue Devils may have been the last Interac team to beat a G. Henderson team, I saw him play in the City of Palms Classic last year, and he was a man among boys then. Look for Gerald to step on the hardwood at Cameron Indoor and take over from an injured Paulus.

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