Top 10 potential Duke basketball one-and-dones before one-and-done era

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Former Duke basketball player Danny Ferry (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. Forward. Freshman, 1985-86. Danny Ferry. 434. Pick Analysis. 8. player

The 1985-86 Blue Devils (37-3, 12-2 ACC) won the ACC regular season and conference tournament and lost in the National Championship Game to Louisville.

Danny Ferry started 21 of 40 games during that year and finished second in rebounds per game (5.5) and sixth on the team in scoring (5.9 points per game). He also ended the season 10th in the conference in rebounds per game and 15th in total steals.

7. player. Scouting Report. Center. Freshman, 1988-89. Christian Laettner. 434. Pick Analysis

Christian Laettner’s first Blue Devils team ended the season at 28-8 (9-5, second in the ACC) and lost in the Final Four to the Seton Hall Pirates.

The 6-foot-11 center started in 16 of 36 games and finished first on the team in field goal percentage (72.3), third in rebounds per game (4.7), tied for fourth in points per game (8.9), as well as ninth in the conference in blocks. Laettner earned All-ACC Second Team and NCAA Tournament All-Region Team honors.