Emanuel Dildy recognizes Duke basketball history, Coach K in comments

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and forward Paolo Banchero (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and forward Paolo Banchero (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The newest Duke basketball assistant coach acknowledged the history of the program.

Tuesday marked the first official day with the Duke basketball program for new assistant coach Emanuel Dildy as the Blue Devils officially announced his addition to the squad.

Dildy comes to Durham from Oklahoma where he rejoined Porter Moser’s staff, after spending multiple years with him at Loyola Chicago, upon his hiring by the Sooners in 2021, but Moser just promoted Dildy to an associate head coaching role this summer.

However, that promotion could not compare to the idea of joining the Duke coaching staff as an assistant.

“I have known Emanuel [Dildy] for quite some time and have great respect for his recruiting and on-court coaching abilities,” head coach Jon Scheyer said in a press release.

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“What stands out is his tireless work ethic, having most recently been on staff with two highly regarded head coaches in Chris Collins and Porter Moser. He’s a Chicago guy and someone that will bring tremendous energy and passion to Duke.”

Dildy is widely known for his recruiting, both at Oklahoma and Northwestern, and is filling the role left by Amile Jefferson this offseason after he accepted a coaching role with the Boston Celtics.

Duke basketball assistant coach knows history of program

While Emanuel Dildy has not held a formal press conference or made any public comments in front of the media yet, he certainly left a major positive impact in his statement upon his signing.

“I am greatly humbled and excited to join Jon Scheyer’s staff and the Duke Basketball family,” Dildy. said in the press release.

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“I have the utmost respect for the legendary tradition and standards established by Mike Krzyzewski and all of the great players who’ve worn the Duke Blue. I am grateful to Coach Scheyer for the opportunity and look forward to becoming part of the Brotherhood.”

Dildy joins Chris Carrawell, Jai Lucas, and William Avery on Jon Scheyer’s coaching staff entering the 2023-24 season.

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