There is plenty of talent on the court at the EYBL Peach Jam.
The premier event features some of the top players in the country, nmost being recruited by some of the top coaches in college basketball. However, some of those coaches were not too shabby in their playing days.
Former NBA All-Stars, NCAA champions, a two-time NBA Champion, and one of the NBA’s all-time best big men have been roaming the hallways at the Riverview Parks Activities Center. Fourteen of the former players who now are called “Coach” have been broken down to two teams. They have hung up their high tops for whistles, but what if they were split up for a game in their prime.
Patrick Ewing - You have to start your team with a big man, and who better than the former Georgetown legend and current head coach of the Hoyas? Ewing, who was a star player for the New York Knicks, was voted one of the top 50 players in the NBA and won a Gold Medal as part of The Dream Team in 1992.
Randolph Childress - One of the best scorers in ACC history has returned to Wake Forest as an assistant coach. The only question: Does he still have that wicked crossover? In 2002 Childress was named one of the 50 greatest players in ACC history. During the 1995 ACC tournament, he averaged 35.7 points, leading Wake to the tournament title.
Chris Mullin - Mullin won a Gold Medal with Ewing as part of The Dream Team, and the two did battles back in the golden era of the Big East. Mullin, like Ewing, is back at his alma mater leading St. John’s. Mullin averaged 18.3 points per game in 16 seasons in the NBA.
Chris Carrawell - Carrawell, the 2000 ACC Player of the Year, returned to Durham this season and is back on the Duke bench. Carrawell ended his Duke career with 66 consecutive conference victories, second most all-time in school history. He was pulling double duty at the Peach Jam: recruiting for Duke and watching his son, Caleb, play for Team United.
Gerry McNamara - McNamara helped Syracuse win the National Title in 2003 and was one of the best three-point shooters in college basketball. He retired from professional basketball in 2009, returning to his alma mater (picking up a theme here?), first as a graduate assistant and is now a full time assistant.
Nate James - James lettered four years at Duke, and returned to Durham in 2008 and has been an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski every since. James was a co-captain on the Blue Devils 2001 NCAA championship team. As a senior he averaged 12.3 points per game and 5.2 rebounds.
Steve Wojociechowski - Another Coach K protege (another theme?), Wojo was a four-year letterman at Duke. He was also an assistant under Krzyzewski before taking over as the head coach at Marquette in 2014. Ranks No. 8 in Duke history in steals (203) and No. 8 in career assists (505). Was named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year after his senior season in 1998.
Jermaine O’Neal - O’Neal is the only player in this group who skipped college and went straight to the NBA. He heads up Drive Nation’s U17 team. He averaged 13.3 points per game for his career in the NBA, including 24.3 during the 2004-05 season with the Indiana Pacers.
Damon Stoudamire - The former Arizona point guard, and former first round draft pick, now is the head coach at the University of Pacific, where he’s been since 2016. Stoudamire played with O’Neal in Portland, where he spent eight seasons. Stoudamire was the 1995-96, NBA Rookie of the Year.
Danny Manning - The Greensboro native and NCAA champion returned to North Carolina in 2014, taking over as the head coach at Wake Forest University, where Childress is an assistant on his staff. Played in the 1992-93 NBA All-Star game. That was his best season in the NBA, as Manning averaged 22.8 points for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Mike Miller - Miller won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat, is the only first-year coach on the list. In April, he joined Penny Hardaway’s staff at the University of Memphis. Miller won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2001, and was known as a dangerous outside shooter his entire career.
Archie Miller - Might as well keep the Millers together, right? Archie, the former N.C. State point guard, now heads up Indiana, where he went 16-15 in his first year.
Chris Collins - Another former Duke guard and son of former NBA head coach Doug Collins, the younger Collins also was a part of Coach K’s staff at Duke, but left for the head coaching job at Northwestern in 2013.
Chris Duhon - Duhon won a national title at Duke in 2001 and played for nine years in the NBA before getting into coaching, starting his career as an assistant at Marshall. He joined the staff at Illinois State last month.