1st. Duke basketball player you remember.

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    Mine is Art Heyman. I was only about 8 years old and Duke or anyone else did not play a whole lot on television but I knew who Heyman was and knew he was really good. After Heyman I remember Mullins,Marin and Verga. OFC
     
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    Danny Ferry was my first favorite player. I was a little young to remember Dawkins and company.
     
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    Gene Banks and Mike Gminski
     
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    Bobby and Christian
     
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    Randy Denton and Chris Redding both forwards
     
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    Cherokee Parks! Remember thinking when I was little that it was kinda funny name.
     
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    Amaker.
     
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    Johnny Dawkins and Danny Ferry because it was during that time frame when I became a Duke fan in the early to mid 80’s.
     
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    Mullins was the first one I remember.Bobby Verga was and is my favorite
     
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    1st favorite was Alarie. Watched a replay of that 84-85 team recently. Man was Dawkins quick. If Bilas was 2 inches taller, they might have gone back to back kn 85 and 86.
     
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    One of the most underrated backcourts in Duke and college hoops history, Bob Verga and Steve Vacendak! Verga of course was a lights out shooter/scorer, but Vacendak was Wojo before Wojo. Scrappy, defensive ace, playmaker, etc...

    I do not actually remember seeing Heyman and/or Mullins play live, but remember my dad and older brother talking about them and their heroics! Watching them on tape has been a thrill! OFC
     
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    Bob Verga!!!
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    For me it was Jim Spanarkel. When I was young I enjoyed watching all of the ACC. But this team with Spanarkel, G-Man, Banks and Kenny Dennard was when I became a Duke fan.
     
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    Art Heyman is my earliest memory also. Marin and Verga I too saw in person, although I saw Verga more when I started covering sports for the paper, he was playing for the cougars then. I was out of the country for Vergas last 2 years at Duke. He was a really good player for the Cougars . You can see the players better when sitting on the floor under the basket than sitting high up in the stands. Sometimes better than you want ..
     
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    Danny Ferry. Was born in 79
     
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    Heyman for me too. Along with Mullins, Tison, and Buckley. It was right around the time in High School when I was considering where I would go to college.
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    Kind of an unfortunate name for a basketball player. :)
     
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    Probably Battier.
     
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    Heyman for you too huh. Like I said I was only about 10 but knew he was special. I wish I had seen more coverage of him. What a fit he would be for Coach K. He seems like he had some Laettner, Hurley, Singler and Allen in him. If he was on this years team I can only imagine the hate the cheater fans would have for him. OFC
     
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    Jason Williams. I’m a youngin. But that dude is why I’ve always liked Duke. He was a DOG.
     
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    Ferry. Remember him during his senior season. First real memories of Duke games from that season.
     
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    Loved Bob Fleischer who played with Redding
     
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    Jack Marin on the cover of Sports Illustrated when they beat UCLA. I don't think I had any idea about Duke basketball until then.
     
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    Where did u get tape on them?
     
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    Bobby Hurley...

    I was either seven or eight and I saw my uncle wearing a cool Duke shirt.

    That was the day I became a lifelong Devil fan. And the timing just happened to coincide with the '91 final-4.
     
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    Heyman is as early as I can remember.

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    One of my all time favorite Duke players. Nice shooting touch around hoop, rugged rebounder. Played center for us mostly, and a bit under size at about 6'8." "Fly" backed down from no one however.

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    Art Heyman best that I remember he had a little bit of a temper he played hard & was a very good player.
     
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    I see its much more limited on youtube now. However for Heyman there's a site "Jewish Basketball Players HOF," (shows Art driving and scoring down the lane) and gives a website for more info.....Theres also an ACC FEATURE on YT, and several shots of Art scoring are shown. The tape on Mullins is his pro career:

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    Thanks looking fo Verga tapes.U had any luck there
     
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    1964, Jeff Mullins for me. Then Hack Tison, Denny Ferguson, Jack Marin, Steve Vacendak and Bob Verga. Great time to be a young Duke fan!
     
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    Yes I remember him. I think Willie Hodge may have been on that team
     
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    Every good team needs a Robert Brickey type player. tough good team player.
     
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    Willie was along with George Moses who was in his mid to late 20's I believe because he was a veteran. OFC
     
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    I saw a video of Duke dunks and Brickey had some awesome ones. He's got to be one of the most underated Duke players ever and he was versitle. I think he actually played the # 5 position for a while. OFC
     
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