Duke Blue Devils head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has continued to play the system to the best of his ability. Now that college basketball has morphed more into a one-and-done format for future NBA players, Coach K has had to change his recruiting process mid stream.
He’s no different than coaches on other elite-level college basketball programs throughout the nation. With that said, Krzyzewski doesn’t seem too fond of current NBA Draft rules.
“In baseball, actually in theater, in music, if you’re 16 and you’re really good, you go on a different path,” Krzyzewski said, via CBS Sports. “I really think that high school players should be allowed to go. And once they get to college, if you don’t do that, I think a two-year period — so you legitimize being in college going for an education. You don’t just kind of use the college system as a training ground.”
Despite the current NBA Draft rules, Duke has been able to remain competitive. It’s somewhat of a surprise considering the school’s education standards. Finding that happy medium between education and athletics has been big for the Blue Devils, who consistently boast top-two or top-three recruiting classes.
This year alone, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles have entered the NBA Draft after spending just one season with Duke.