Nolan Smith, an all-American and member of Duke’s 2010 national championship team, has joined the staff as a special assistant, coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Monday.
As a special assistant, Smith will help develop game strategies, break down film, plan practices and contribute in staff meetings.
“This is a terrific addition to the Duke basketball staff,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “It’s exciting to be part of his journey toward becoming a coach, and we’re so proud to have him on our staff.”
Smith was the ACC player of the year in 2011, his senior season. During his time as at Duke, the Blue Devils won three straight ACC championships (2009, 2010, 2011) as well as the 2010 national championship.
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Smith was a first-round selection (21st overall) of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played in the league for two seasons before a few stints overseas. He has been a constant presence at home games this year.
“The opportunity to start my coaching career and learn from Coach K is something I couldn’t pass up,” Smith said in a statement. “As a member of the coaching staff, Duke fans will see the same passion I brought to the program as a player for four years.”