Ranking all 36 Duke basketball jersey numbers ever worn

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Pick Analysis. NOT RETIRED. Jersey No. 51. 31. player. 434. Scouting Report. SEVEN PLAYERS

Judging jersey No. 51 by the Duke basketball players who wore it

In reverse chronological order (best in bold):

  • Mike Buckmire
  • David Mayer
  • Steve Johnson
  • Patrick Johnson
  • Martin Nessley
  • Cy Valasek
  • Ken Podger

Retired or not (worth 100 points if so): Not

NCAA Tournament titles (worth 10 points each): S. Johnson in 2010

Final Four appearances (five points each): S. Johnson in 2010, P. Johnson in 2004, Nessley in 1986

ACC or Southern Tournament trophies (five points each): Buckmire in 2019, Mayer in 2011, S. Johnson in 2010, S. Johnson in 2009, P. Johnson in 2006, P. Johnson in 2005, P. Johnson in 2003, Nessley in 1986, Valasek in 1941

Naismith Player of the Year awards (50 points each): None

NABC Defensive Player of the Year winners (four points each): None

Consensus All-American selections (four points each): None

ACC or Southern Player of the Year crowns (four points each): None

All-ACC or All-Southern honors (two points each): Valasek in 1941

First-round draft picks (two points each): None

Members of 1,000-point club (two points each): None

Players who averaged less than five points (subtract five points each): Buckmire, Mayer, S. Johnson, P. Johnson, Nessley

Number of players (one point each): Seven