When you think of modern Duke basketball, a few key names come to mind. There's obviously Coach K, the former West Point graduate and four-time NCAA Champion. After that, a series of clean-cut middle-class white players start rolling back into memory: Christian Laettner, J.J. Redick, Kyle Singler, Greg Paulus, the Plumlee trio, and so on.
Even when Duke recruits stand-out black players, they're not viewed as having any street cred. In ESPN's 30 For 30 documentary of Michigan's Fab Five, Jalen Rose—someone who came up from Detroit's projects—spoke on Duke's recruiting situation, and specifically Duke rival Grant Hill: "Duke didn't recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms." Of course Hill ethered Rose (and anyone else who bought into that stereotype) in his rebuttal that was featured in the New York Times.