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Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Nolan Smith
Special Assistant
Coach Info:
Position: Special Assistant
Alma Mater: Duke '11

Former Duke All-American Nolan Smith joined the Blue Devils’ men’s basketball staff on Feb. 22, 2016, and is in his first full season as special assistant. In this role, his duties include assisting the coaching staff in developing game strategies, breaking down game film, planning practices and contributing in staff meetings.

A consensus first-team All-American and the ACC Player of the Year in 2011, Smith helped lead Duke to three consecutive ACC championships (2009-11) and the 2010 NCAA title during his tenure as a student-athlete.

He was also a two-time All-ACC selection (2010-11) and earned both ACC All-Defensive Team recognition and ACC Tournament MVP honors as a senior in 2011. Smith led the ACC in scoring as a senior, at the time just the 11th Duke player to do so, and his 764 points that season still rank ninth on the program’s single-season chart.

In helping lead Duke to its fourth national championship in 2010, Smith was named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA South Regional in Houston and earned a place on the All-Final Four Team after averaging 16.0 points and 5.0 assists to help the Blue Devils cut down the nets in Indianapolis.

The Upper Marlboro, Md., native currently ranks 17th on Duke’s career scoring chart, having amassed 1,911 points from 2008-11. He played in 121 victories in a Duke uniform to rank fifth in program history and sixth in ACC history, and his 143 games played are tied for the seventh-most in Duke annals. Smith also served as a team captain for the 2010-11 season.

During his tenure as a student-athlete in the program, Duke went 65-2 (.970) at Cameron Indoor Stadium to set program records for both home wins and winning percentage in a four-year period.

Smith owns an international gold medal from his time as a member of the USA U18 Junior National Team in 2006. He averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the U.S. won the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in San Antonio, Texas.

Following his graduation from Duke in 2011, Smith was selected by Portland with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.