Duke alum and current associate head coach Jeff Capel has been named the nation’s top assistant coach recruiter by ESPN, and Duke basketball’s official Twitter posted its congratulations upon learning the news.
It isn’t at all surprising that Capel would receive such an honor, as he is certainly no slouch in the coaching department. After four years playing guard under coach Mike Krzyzewski, Capel went into coaching shortly thereafter and was the head coach at VCU and Oklahoma before returning to Durham as an assistant in 2011. He led the Sooners to the Elite Eight in 2009 and was the man responsible for recruiting star big man Blake Griffin, so it’s no wonder that he has helped Duke produce three straight top-notch recruiting classes since returning.
Capel is only 41 years old and hasn’t been a head coach in a long time but given how long he has stayed at Duke as Krzyzewski’s right hand man when fellow Duke assistants Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins left for Marquette and Northwestern respectively, one can’t help but wonder if he’ll be the heir apparent once the Hall of Famer retires.
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