Durham, N.C. Sports Illustrated has released its newest book titled Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book, which features several Duke players on its NCAA All-Decade Teams.
The book contains a collection of basketball stories and photographs from the professional leagues and college. It has more than 300 photographs as well as award-winning writing that covers the epic teams, outstanding players and remarkable performances. In addition to all of the photographs and stories, the book is filled with basketball facts, stats, memorabilia, historical sidebars and an All-Decade team lists for the NBA, ABL, ABA and both the men and women for the NCAA.
Among the Duke legends who were named to the All-Decade teams were Johnny Dawkins, Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Shane Battier, Jason Williams and J.J. Redick.
Dawkins, Duke’s current Associate Head Coach, was named to the 1980’s All-Decade Team. He was part of the freshmen class that would be the beginning of great things at Duke. In his senior season he guided the Blue Devils to a 37-3 record, the third National Championship game in school history and the ACC regular season and tournament titles. In that 1986 season, Dawkins was named the Naismith National Player of the Year after leading Duke in scoring for the fourth straight year. He is the second leading scorer in Blue Devils history with 2,556 career points.
Hill and Hurley were both named to the 1990’s All-Decade Team. The duo helped lead Duke to back-to-back National Championships in 1991 and 1992. In the 1992 season both players were named to All-America teams. Hill went on to be a three-time All-America while Hurley was a two-time All-America. Hill finished his career with 1,924 points and three Final Four appearances. He was the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and the ACC Player of the Year in 1994. Hurley was named to two NCAA All-Final Four teams and is the school record holder with 1,076 career assists. He also scored 1,731 points in his career.
Three of the five players on the 2000 All-Decade Team wore Duke blue. Battier, Williams and Redick were all named to the team along with Emeka Okafor of Connecticut and Xavier’s David West. Battier and Williams were key contributors to Duke’s 2001 NCAA Championship team. Battier, known for his defensive intensity, was named the National Defensive Player of the Year three times in his career. He earned both the National Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year awards in the Blue Devils’ 2001 championship season. He not only was a two-time All-America, he was also the Academic All-America of the Year in 2001. He finished with 1,984 points in his career and is the winningest player in Duke history with a career record of 131-15 (.897). Williams was the first two-time National Player of the Year for Duke, earning the award in 2001 and 2002. He was also a two-time All-America who finished his career with 2,079 points in only three seasons. Williams posted a career record of 95-13 (.880).
Redick is the ACC and Duke all-time leading scorer with 2,769 career points. He also became the NCAA all-time three-point field goal record holder with 457 made three-pointers. His .912 career free throw percentage is also a NCAA record among players with 600 or more attempts. He helped lead the 2004 team to a 31-6 record and the Final Four. He joined Williams as one of only two Duke players to win two National Player of the Year awards, earning the honor in 2005 and 2006. He is also one of only six Blue Devils who are three-time All-Americas.
Duke women’s basketball player Alana Beard was named to the 2000 Women’s NCAA All-Decade team as well.
Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book
NCAA All-Decade Teams
Pre-1950’s All Decade Team
George Mikan DePaul, Center
Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M, Forward
Hank Luisetti Stanford, Forward
Vic Hanson Syracuse, Guard
John Wooden Purdue, Guard
1950’s All-Decade Team
Bill Russell San Francisco, Center
Tom Gola LaSalle, Forward
Elgin Baylor Seattle, Forward
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati, Guard
Cliff Hagan Kentucky, Guard
1960’s All-Decade Team
Lew Alcindor UCLA, Center
Jerry Lucas Ohio State, Forward
Elrin Hayes Houston, Forward
Cazzie Russell Michigan, Guard
Pete Maravich LSU, Guard
1970’s All-Decade Team
Bill Walton UCLA, Center
Larry Bird Indiana State, Forward
Marques Johnson UCLA, Forward
David Thompson N.C. State, Guard
Magic Johnson Michigan State, Guard
1980’s All-Decade Team
Ralph Sampson Virginia, Center
Danny Manning Kansas, Forward
Sean Elliott Arizona, Forward
Michael Jordan North Carolina, Guard
Johnny Dawkins Duke, Guard
1990’s All-Decade Team
Tim Duncan Wake Forest, Center
Larry Johnson UNLV, Forward
Grant Hill Duke, Forward
Jim Jackson Ohio State, Guard
Bobby Hurley Duke, Guard
2000 All-Decade Team
Emeka Okafor Connecticut, Center
David West Xavier, Forward
Shane Battier Duke, Forward
Jason Williams Duke, Forward
J.J. Redick Duke, Guard