The Washington Times - March 8, 2008, 10:45AM
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erasMen In BlackChris CorchianiBobby HurleyChristian LaettnerACCDuke
First team\ \ \ PG Bobby Hurley, Duke: 12.4 points, 7.7 assists, 40.5 3-point shooting\ SG Rodney Monroe, N.C. State: 20.6 points, 43.6 3-point shooting, 83.6 free throw shooting\ F Grant Hill, Duke: 14.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 54.6 2-point shooting\ F Danny Ferry, Duke: 15.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists\ C Christian Laettner, Duke: 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 58.6 2-point shooting, 80.6 FT shooting\ \ \ Second team\ \ \ PG Chris Corchiani, N.C. State: 11.5 points, 8.4 assists, 82.1 FT shooting\ SG Bryant Stith, Virginia: 19.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 51.1 2-point shooting\ F Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest: 19.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 61.3 2-point shooting\ F Horace Grant, Clemson: 13.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 59.8 FG shooting\ C Joe Smith, Maryland: 20.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.09 blocks\ \ \ Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke: two ACC titles, six Final Fours, two national titles
From 1987 to 1995, Duke went to six Final Fours, became the first team to win consecutive national titles since 1973 and produced four players on the era’s first team.\ \ \ Christian Laettner is on the short list of best players in ACC history. The big shots, the stomp to the chest of Aminu Timberlake, love him or hate him, Laettner was a star.\ \ The versatile forwards are Danny Ferry and Grant Hill. As a sophomore, Hill played five games at point guard for the injured Bobby Hurley and averaged 16.4 points and 5.6 assists. The next season, he was the nation’s defensive player of the year.\ \ \ Point guard was the toughest call on the board. Hurley gets the edge over Chris Corchiani, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson and Randolph Childress because of his team’s success.\ \ \ Corchiani takes the spot on the second team, even though he was never first team all-conference, a fact more revealing of the voters than his play.\ \ \ But consider Corchiani\0x2019s career line: 11.5 points, 8.4 assists, 3.2 turnovers, 2.1 rebounds, 2.65 steals, 48.9 2-point shooting, 40.8 3-point shooting, 82.2 free throw shooting.\ \ \ Hurley: 12.4 points, 7.7 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 2.2 rebounds, 1.46 steals, 41.5 2-point shooting, 40.5 3-point shooting, 77.6 free throw shooting.\ \ \ Hurley holds a clear advantage in one category: teammates.\ \ \ Shooting guard Rodney Monroe is the only non-Duke player on the first team. Bryant Stith is the shooter on the second team, edging out Dennis Scott.\ \ \ Joe Smith is the only two-year player on the team, edging out Elden Campbell and Dale Davis of Clemson at center. Instead, forward Horace Grant is the Tigers’ representative.\ \ \ I watched Rodney Rogers consummate two breakaway reverse dunks against N.C. State in Reynolds Coliseum.\ \ \ Mike Krzyzewski is the coach, the best coach since John Wooden.
Patrick Stevens