Duke basketball: All-time starting lineup – From Laettner to Reddick to Zion

Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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Duke basketball starting lineup
Bobby Hurley of the Duke Blue Devils (Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport) /

PG – Bobby Hurley

Another high school All-American (1989 High School Parade All-American), Bobby Hurley is the conductor of some of the greatest seasons in all of Duke basketball history. The son of coaching legend Bob Hurley Sr. of St. Anthony’s, the six-foot guard was a fiery competitor who left everything on the floor each time he stepped on the floor.

Hurley holds the school and NCAA record for career assists with 1,076 (he also holds the single-game record with 16 against Florida State in 1993) and is ninth all-time in steals with 202. A throwback style of player, he was a facilitator first. He ran the team and was always another coach on the floor. Like Redick, he too held the title of most-hated Blue Devil during his time at Cameron Indoor. His drive and feistiness often teetered on the edge of craziness and sometimes Hurley’s hustle and effort were misconstrued for dirty tactics and vice versa.

He was a member of one of the most famous teams to ever step foot in Durham. Hurley teamed up with Christian Laettner and Grant Hill to help create what would become Krzyzewskiville in Durham.

With Hurley in control, Duke went to three Final Fours and he led the team to their first two national championships as the Blue Devils won the national title in back-to-back years in 1991 and 1992. He was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1992 and a first-team All-American in 1993. Hurley was also selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary men’s basketball team, which meant that he was honored as one of the 50 best players in conference history.