Chris Collins played at Duke from 1993-1996, and when the Blue Devils' run in the NCAA Tournament ends he'll have coached alongside Mike Krzyzewski from 2000-2013. And the next head men's basketball coach at Northwestern, unsurprisingly, credits his career to Krzyzewski and Duke.
"I played at Duke, I’ve been with coach (Krzyzewski) for 13 years, he’s like a father to me," Collins said Thursday from Indianapolis. "Everything I have in this business is because of making the decision to play for him when I was in high school.
"I’m forever grateful for everything that Duke has meant to me, and that will never go away."
Collins will return to his home turf to coach Northwestern, as the Northbook native noted while describing why he took the job in Evanston.
"I’m excited. It’s a great fit for me, it’s a great fit for my family," Collins said. "It’s an area, it’s where I grew up, Chicago’s my home. It’s a great school not only athletically but academically.
"It’s a great fit for everything I was looking for and having the opportunity to coach, and I’m excited about getting started."