A look from inside at Coach K's rise
November, 14, 2011
By Jay Bilas | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Ron HeflinJay Bilas has seen Coach K's rise up close and knows Krzyzewski gets maximum effort from his players.When I was coming out of high school, my decision of where I would play in college was critically important to me. It was, after all, the first time in my life that I got to choose the coach I was going to play for. And when I signed my letter of intent, I was not choosing a school. I was choosing a coach.
When Mike Krzyzewski began recruiting me at the start of in 1981, I was a high school junior, and I had never even heard of him. He was just about to begin his second season at Duke, and he had no record to speak of. At the end of my recruitment, I had narrowed my choice down to three coaches: Lute Olson, Jim Boeheim and Krzyzewski. Of the three, only Krzyzewski was not established and had never reached the NCAA tournament.