On his Tuesday morning ESPN Radio show with Keyshawn Johnson and Max Kellerman, Jay Williams casually suggested he can foresee Krzyzewski returning to Duke for one more season. And normally, a rumor like this might be viewed as sensationalism, but it has added cachet and legitimacy coming from Williams, who played for Coach K from 1999 to 2002.
Jay Williams thinking Coach K could come back to Duke for one more season? pic.twitter.com/4x4aUm3PkR
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Williams provided reasoning for his thought process, explaining that with Duke preparing to lose top assistant and recruiter Nolan Smith to Louisville, Coach K could return to stabilize the Blue Devils’ incoming recruiting class.
“It leaves a huge gap at Duke,” Williams said of Smith’s departure. “Who fills that void from a recruiting perspective? And it leads me to think…does Coach K come back for another season? One more final season. I’m not saying I know this, I’m just throwing it out there because these kids are coming in expecting to win a championship and they recruited and they have close relationships with Nolan Smith.”
Last June, Krzyzewski announced the 2021-22 college basketball season was going to be his 42nd and final at Duke, with associate head coach being Jon Scheyer named his successor. Despite Duke having a great reputation and a replacement plan in place, Smith’s departure could still cause some recruits to de-commit. Who better to prevent that from happening than Coach K?