There have been many amazingly talented and successful players in the history of Duke Basketball, most under the guidance of head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
With so many well-known names and legacies, attempting to rank some of those players can be hard but it is also a great way to remember their vast achievements.
Here are Duke’s top five small forwards of all time.
Two of the most recent small forwards to come out of Duke, both Tatum and Ingram only played for one season before moving on to the pros. Ingram and Tatum were lightning scorers for coach K and have bright futures in the NBA.
No. 5: Luol Deng
Even though Deng did not average as many points as some players in the honorable mentions category, his importance to the 2003-04 Duke team was vital.
Playing only one season at Duke before getting drafted No. 7 overall by the Phoenix Suns, Deng averaged 15.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and almost two assists a game, according to Sports Reference.com.
With established players like Chris Duhon, Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick in front of him, Deng held his own as a freshman. Deng was second in scoring behind Reddick and was an extremely good defender. Deng was also named USBWA Freshman of the Year.
It is hard to imagine Duke making the National Semifinal of the NCAA Tournament that season without Luol Deng.
No. 4: Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker was nearly unstoppable during his lone season in Durham. Coming into college as a top-2 player in the class, Parker showed exactly why in just the fourth game of his college career with 27 points and 9 rebounds against top-5 ranked Kansas which featured Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.
For the season, Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds, according to Sports Reference.com.
Jabari collected many awards for his stellar season, earning consensus first team All-American, USBWA Freshman of the Year as well as a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Awards.
Jabari Parker was not only important to Duke for his play on the court, but also because he marked Duke and coach K truly entering into the one-and-done era as the 2013-14 Duke team was the last to not be dominated by freshman.
No. 3: Kyle Singler
Kyle Singler was a four-year starter for Duke and Coach K, winning the National Championship in 2010 as a junior and earning Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
Singler’s best statistical season also came during his junior year, averaging 17.7 points, 7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, according to Sports Reference.com. Singler, however, did not just impact games with his stats, but with an innate mental and physical toughness. This also brandished him with some good old duke hatred.
Singler finished his career at Duke as fourth all-time in scoring with 2,392 points and was drafted by the Detroit pistons 33rd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
No. 2: Art Heyman
Not many people know who Art Heyman was, but the Duke faithful should be well aware of his extreme talent with a basketball.
Heyman was originally from New York City and played three seasons at Duke from 1960-1963. For his career, Heyman averaged 25.1 points and 10.9 rebounds, according to Sports Reference.com.
In his last season at Duke, Heyman took home many of honors and awards. Heyman was a consensus first team All-American, ACC Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, Helms Foundation Player of the Year and NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player – even though Duke did not win the championship.
Heyman went on to be draft first overall in the 1963 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and is one of the all-time great Duke players ever.
No. 1: Grant Hill
Arguably the greatest player to ever play at Duke, a two-time national champion in 1991 and 1992, first team All-America in 1994 and 1994 ACC Play of the Year, Grant hill was dominant in college.
Easily the best small forward to come out of Duke, Grant Hill is synonymous with many famous plays in College Basketball history. Hill threw the nearly full-court inbounds pass to Christian Laettner before hitting “the shot.” Hill also famously stretched out for an alley-oop during the ’91 National Championship. A highlight that is always shown during March Madness.
Even without those historic moments, Hill’s stats speak volumes themselves. In the 1993-94 season, as a senior, Hill averaged 17.4 points, 5.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds. Hill is also seventh all-time in steals at Duke with 218, according to Bleacher Report.
Hill was selected No. 3 overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Hill won Rookie of the Year and was named to multiple All-Star games before injuries severely impacted his career.
All though some people might view Grant Hill as a “what if” NBA player, he will always be remembered as a champion and all-time great at Duke.