9 DUKE

December 02, 1996

Thirty-one and thirty-one. That's Duke's record over the last
two seasons. Worse than Liberty's. Worse than Dartmouth's.
Whatever happened to the program that sent teams to seven Final
Fours and won two national titles between 1986 and '94? "It's
not like Sir Lancelot lives in Camelot forever," says coach Mike
Krzyzewski. "Eras pass. New Hurleys, Hills and Laettners have to
be created."

Heads up, folks, Dr. Krzyzewski has been working in his
laboratory. Forget about last season, when the Duke coach peered
down his bench and saw a guy who played on a club team in
Bolivia and two soccer players. The '96-97 Blue Devils are loaded.

They're so deep in talent that about the only lock in the
starting lineup is 6'10" senior center Greg Newton, who was
kicked out of school for a semester two years ago after he was
caught cheating on a computer-science exam. Newton defied the
gravity of his situation, averaging 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds
per game last season while shooting 56.8% from the field. Newton
is a little different from your typical Dukie: There's a picture
of Dennis Rodman in his locker, and he plays while wearing a
ring in his belly button and a small barbell pierced through his
tongue. "I just wish he would rebound like Rodman," says junior
swingman Ricky Price, another likely starter, though he was
slowed by a broken finger in the preseason.

Krzyzewski is also counting on sophomore guard Trajan Langdon,
who averaged 11.3 points per game as a freshman but missed all
of last season with a stress reaction in his left leg that
required surgery. Rounding out the deep Blue Devil squad are
Roshown McLeod, a bruising 6'8" transfer from St. John's who can
score inside and out; 6'10" sophomore Taymon Domzalski, a force
in the paint who must overcome his tendency to get into foul
trouble; and senior guard Jeff Capel, who led Duke with 16.6
points a game last season but shot less than 38% from the floor.
They'll be pushed for playing time by sophomore guard Steve
Wojciechowski and by three athletic freshman forwards: Nate
James, Mike Chappell and Chris Carrawell, any one of whom could
eventually start.

Yet as Krzyzewski seeks to restore Duke's trademark transition
game and suffocating defense, the linchpin will probably be
Price. He has struggled through two inconsistent seasons, mixing
poster-quality dunks with sloppy turnovers. "I was a little
immature when I got here," Price says, laughing at the memory.
"Sometimes when I made a play, I would get in my man's face and
say, 'The man-child just wasted you!' I'm more grown up now, and
I still believe I can be a star. I know this is my time to prove
it."

--T.C.

COLOR PHOTO: ALTERED POLAROIDS BY WALTER IOOSS JR. IF PRICE IS RIGHT, HE CAN BE A CORNERSTONE IN DUKE'S RETURN TO POWER [Ricky Price]

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
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