Duke University is known for having one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country. Over the years, the Blue Devils have produced some of the greatest players in college basketball history. In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 best players in Duke Blue Devils history.
Christian Laettner - Forward (1988-1992) Christian Laettner is widely considered one of the greatest college basketball players of all time. He was a two-time National Player of the Year, a two-time NCAA champion, and was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1991 and 1992 Final Four. Laettner averaged 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in his Duke career.
Grant Hill - Forward (1990-1994) Grant Hill was one of the most versatile players in Duke history. He was a two-time National Champion, a two-time All-American, and the ACC Player of the Year in 1994. Hill averaged 14.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in his Duke career.
J.J. Redick - Guard (2002-2006) J.J. Redick was one of the most lethal shooters in college basketball history. He was a two-time National Player of the Year, a two-time All-American, and the ACC Player of the Year in 2006. Redick averaged 19.9 points per game in his Duke career and holds the NCAA record for most career three-point field goals made.
Bobby Hurley - Guard (1989-1993) Bobby Hurley was the point guard for Duke's back-to-back National Championship teams in 1991 and 1992. He was a two-time All-American and is the NCAA's all-time leader in career assists with 1,076. Hurley averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 assists per game in his Duke career.
Johnny Dawkins - Guard (1982-1986) Johnny Dawkins was one of the most dynamic players in Duke history. He was a two-time All-American and the ACC Player of the Year in 1986. Dawkins averaged 20.2 points and 4.6 assists per game in his Duke career.
Shane Battier - Forward (1997-2001) Shane Battier was a key player on Duke's 2001 National Championship team. He was a two-time All-American and the Naismith College Player of the Year in 2001. Battier averaged 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his Duke career.
Jayson Tatum - Forward (2016-2017) Jayson Tatum had a short but impressive career at Duke. He was named to the All-ACC first team and the ACC All-Freshman team in 2017. Tatum averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone season at Duke and was selected third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Zion Williamson - Forward (2018-2019) Zion Williamson was a dominant force during his one season at Duke. He was the ACC Player of the Year, the Naismith College Player of the Year, and a consensus All-American in 2019. Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in his lone season at Duke and was selected first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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