Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils rode a quartet of talented freshman to the Elite Eight in the 2018 NCAA tournament.
Among those was Marvin Bagley, one of the prizes of the recruiting class and the No. 2 overall pick in last week’s NBA draft.
Bagley didn’t commit to Duke until late in the process. Until then, Wendell Carter Jr., the No. 7 pick in the draft, had apparently been led to believe he’d be the focus of the Blue Devils offense.
That changed when Bagley signed up.
“My initial reaction, I was pissed,” said Wendell’s mom Kylia Carter, according to NBC Sports. “And it wasn’t pissed because Marvin was coming. To be honest, I felt like that was information that was kept from us. It felt (shady), it felt like my baby was gonna get kicked to the curb. I felt like all of that.”
His father Wendell Sr. added: “I tell people. People make promises they can’t keep. It didn’t bother me. I was concerned because I felt like we were lied to. ‘Oh, Wendell’s gonna be the man’ and then the rug was pulled from under us.”
Wait, Coach K lied?! Who would ever suspect such an act from an upstanding leader of men?
Oh yeah, people who watched March Madness in 2016.
After his team fell in a blowout to Oregon in the Sweet 16, Coach K chastised Ducks forward Dillon Brooks, now of the Memphis Grizzlies, for taking a deep three with the shot clock winding down in the final minute.
Coach K then lied to a room full of reporters and everyone watching at home, denying the exchange ever took place.
Only after the emergence of footage confirming Brooks’ side of the events did Coach K own up to his fabrication, describing his fabrication as “[reacting] incorrectly.”
Not the best look for a guy who once said this: “I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.”