Durham — Its not officially official yet, but Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski didnt hesitate on Wednesday to praise Chris Collins, the Blue Devils assistant who is reportedly set to become the next head coach at Northwestern.
I hope thats what it turns out to be, Krzyzewski said. Thats not a done deal. But I hope that it will be, and that will be terrific, and Ill comment on it if thats what happens.
Krzyzewski was willing to comment, though, on what kind of coach head coach Northwestern would be getting in Collins.
Well theyre getting a great coach, Krzyzeweski said. Hes been a great coach here. Ive said that at press conferences so far in the NCAA tournament. I said it at the Olympics, I said it at the World Championships in Istanbul. My guys are terrific.
And hes been with me for a decade and hes been terrific. Not good. Hes got a great basketball mind, a competitive personality, team guy hes a great guy. But hes a great basketball guy, too. Anybody who would get one of my guys would be good.
Mason Plumlee, Dukes senior forward, said he learned on Wednesday afternoon that Collins would be leaving for Northwestern. Plumlee said Josh Hairston, the Duke forward, informed him of the news.
My first question, Plumlee said with a smile, was is it like the football coaches, who just bounce?
Collins, though, will not bounce, to use Plumlees word, until Dukes season ends. The Blue Devils will play Michigan State on Friday night in Indianapolis in the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional semifinals.
I think thats a great fit for him, Plumlee said of Collins and Northwestern.