Coach K optimistic Collins will succeed

May, 3, 2013
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, not surprisingly, is optimistic that Chris Collins will make an immediate impact as the new men's basketball coach at Northwestern.

"It's a great opportunity for Chris, and also for Northwestern," Krzyzewski told "Mike & Mike In the Morning." "The one thing that Chris brings right away is immense energy. He's an emotional guy. He's been such a huge part of our program. He's been with us as a coach and player for almost 20 years. He'll recruit outstanding players. He's been accustomed to recruiting outstanding players at Duke. Northwestern is a great school, a great opportunity. A new system, new spirit. It's a great, great fit. I'm excited for him."

Collins was a star player at Glenbrook North before attending Duke.

"He's returning home," Coach K said. "That's what he calls home, where he was a great player at Glenbrook North. The people up there are kind of welcoming him as the guy who came back home. And he's already lived the dream, the Chicago fan's dream. He shot a puck at a Blackhawks game, he's thrown out the first pitch at a Cubs game, and he sung the seventh inning. I told him to get all that stuff in before you lose a game."

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