Black At Duke, Or Maybe Not

31 Mar

Let’s begin…

So I was watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament this past weekend. There were good games and one great game (Xavier v. Kansas State). I was watching Duke v. Baylor because I love basketball, and I wanted to see Duke play what I consider to be, a good team. While I was watching the game I took special note to the lack of black starters at Duke (I assume it been like that for a while. I guess I just didn’t notice, because usually they’re at home during this time of year). I feel they will continue to have a limited number of black elite black players because of the one and done rule and because of how they have destroyed the ACC. With that being said, it didn’t bother me in the least. I love coach K, and I think Duke has a great program.

    Now after the game I was talking with a friend of mind, and we started talking about the lack of black starters at Duke. He presented the point that Coach Krzyzewski may be even prejudice towards black players. So, for the sake of an argument I presented the other side of the argument. And to my surprise the more I played devil’s advocate I actually began to believe Duke has had historically more good black players than I originally thought. At one point the argument was made that,

“Well if Georgetown can get black players into their school, why can’t Duke get them in?”

Now I totally agree. I do think that they could get more black players in. However, after thinking about it for a while, I replied,

“Where are all the good black Georgetown players that had great careers, because I don’t see them?”

If you just think about the black players that have attended both schools, I have to give Duke the edge for having better players and more success. Let’s just think objectively about the schools head to head.

  • Georgetown has 2 Hall of Famers in: Allen Iverson and Patrick Ewing. The other notable players Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning. 1.
  • Duke has no Hall of Famers in my opinion. Their notable players are: Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, Luol Deng, Corey Maggette, and Elton Brand. 2.

So, when you consider those colleges head to head (which are seen as virtual equals academically) the disparity isn’t that much. I would actually argue that Duke has the upper hand, and would question why Georgetown can’t get better players. I will say lately there have been less of those players, and as I said earlier they should be able to get more black players in their school.


If I missed any player please let me know.


1. Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, Jahidi White, Othella Harrington

2. Dahntay Jones, Daniel Ewing, Shelden Williams, Jason Williams


-Kortney Shane

Comedian (Maybe a writer)


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