Collins, however, has managed to help recruit players to a school with an old arena and strict academic standards. Of course, Duke also has that great tradition, something Northwestern lacks.
Now, Collins will try to accomplish what Pat Fitzgerald has with the football team and build a competitive program despite the obstacles in place.
"They'll get a great coach. He's been a great coach here," Krzyzewski said before the hiring. "My guys are terrific, and he's been with me for over a decade and he's been terrific — not good. He's got a great basketball mind, competitive personality, team guy, a great guy. But he's a great basketball guy, too. And anybody who would get one of my guys would be getting somebody pretty special."
Collins is the second Krzyzewski assistant in five years to earn his first head coaching job at a private, academically elite school in a major conference: Johnny Dawkins left the Duke staff to take the top job at Stanford in 2008.
AP Sports Writers Joedy McCreary in Durham, N.C., and Dan Gelston in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
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