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The Top 10 Duke Basketball Players of All-Time

The Top 10 Duke Basketball Players of All-Time

Duke University has a rich basketball tradition, and over the years, the Blue Devils have produced some of the greatest players in the history of the sport. From scoring sensations to defensive stalwarts, Duke has seen it all. Here are the top 10 Duke basketball players of all time.

1. Christian Laettner

Christian Laettner is widely regarded as one of the greatest college basketball players of all time. He led Duke to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992 and hit one of the most iconic shots in NCAA tournament history with his game-winner against Kentucky in the 1992 East Regional final.

2. Grant Hill

Grant Hill was a versatile and dynamic player who excelled in almost every aspect of the game. His exceptional athleticism, court vision, and defensive prowess made him a standout player at Duke. Hill went on to have a successful NBA career, but his impact at Duke is still remembered fondly.

3. Shane Battier

Shane Battier was the heart and soul of the Duke teams in the late 1990s. Known for his defensive tenacity and leadership, Battier won the Naismith College Player of the Year award in 2001 while guiding Duke to the national championship.

4. J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick is one of the greatest shooters in college basketball history. His deadly accuracy from beyond the arc made him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Redick's scoring prowess and work ethic solidified his legacy at Duke.

5. Bobby Hurley

Bobby Hurley was the engine that drove Duke's success in the early 1990s. As a point guard, his exceptional passing and decision-making abilities were instrumental in Duke's back-to-back national championships. Hurley's leadership and toughness set him apart.

6. Johnny Dawkins

Johnny Dawkins was a prolific scorer and a true leader for the Blue Devils in the 1980s. His exceptional scoring ability and competitive spirit helped Duke reach new heights during his tenure.

7. Elton Brand

Elton Brand's dominant presence in the paint made him a force to be reckoned with at Duke. His scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking abilities propelled Duke to the championship game in 1999, further cementing his legacy at the university.

8. Jay Williams

Jay Williams was a dynamic and explosive guard who could take over a game single-handedly. His scoring ability and playmaking skills made him a standout player at Duke, earning him numerous accolades and a national championship in 2001.

9. Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson's impact on Duke basketball was immediate and electrifying. His combination of size, strength, and athleticism made him a human highlight reel. Despite only playing one season at Duke, Williamson left an indelible mark with his remarkable performances.

10. Mike Gminski

Mike Gminski was a dominant force in the post for Duke in the late 1970s. His scoring and rebounding prowess made him one of the most impactful big men in Duke's history, and his contributions are still revered by the Duke faithful.

Duke University has been home to some of the most iconic and influential basketball players in the history of the sport. The players mentioned above have left an indelible mark on Duke basketball and have continued to inspire future generations of athletes.


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