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Coach K says his grandson will be one ‘heck of a walk-on’ for Duke basketball

Coach K on coaching his grandson Michael Savarino

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach his grandson at Duke basketball beginning this season. Savarino is a walk-on player for the Blue Devils after his career at Durham Academy. Coach K discussed it on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach his grandson at Duke basketball beginning this season. Savarino is a walk-on player for the Blue Devils after his career at Durham Academy. Coach K discussed it on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Safe to say, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has never had a closer relationship with one of his players’ parents, and grandmother, than he does with one of his newest incoming freshmen.

Michael Savarino has joined the Blue Devils as a walk-on player following his prep playing career at Durham Academy.

The 18-year-old Savarino is Coach K and his wife Mickie’s second-oldest grandchild. His mother, Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino, is Krzyzewski’s oldest daughter.

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“He’s earned it,” Krzyzewski said. “Michael was a really good player at Durham Academy. Well-coached there. They had their best season ever.”

A 6-0 guard, Savarino averaged 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season as Durham Academy went 28-4 under coach Tim McKenna. Savarino played 87 varsity games over the last three seasons, averaging 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds for his career.

“We expect him to be a heck of a walk-on for us,” Krzyzewski said before cracking a joke: “And I don’t expect any problems from the mother. And I better not have any problems from the grandmother. That’s the one I’m worried about the most.”

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An Illinois native, Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. Prior to his arrival in Durham, he worked for newspapers in Columbia and Spartanburg, S.C., Biloxi, Miss., and Charlotte covering beats including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina athletics and the S.C. General Assembly.

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