Dawkins Interviews For Head Coach Position

Here's Johnny... Dawkins! Also, Daniel Novinson brings the latest on Eric Reveno and the importance of May 1.

Duke assistant coach Johnny Dawkins interviewed for the Stanford head coaching position this afternoon at a San Jose hotel.

Dawkins, 44, has been on Mike Krzyzewksi's staff at Duke since 1998. He has been the associate head coach in charge of player development since 1999.

Dawkins' wife joined him on his visit to Stanford, TheBootleg.com has learned.

The 1986 Naismith College Player of the Year, Dawkins led the Blue Devils to a 95-38 mark in his four years at Durham, including a 37-3 mark and an NCAA Finals appearance in 1985-86, his senior season. His 2,556 points were a school record, until JJ Redick broke the mark in February 2006.

As Duke's only associate head coach, Dawkins is the logical successor to Mike Krzyzewksi as Duke's head coach, a job widely believed to be his ultimate goal. If so, he might prefer to stay at Duke and not risk sullying his record were a head coaching stint to go poorly.

Another question is Dawkins' track record of player development. Of Duke's 12 first-round draft picks since his arrival on the staff, just five averaged over five points per game in the NBA last season. Four are no longer in the NBA.

A call to the Duke basketball office went unanswered. Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, reached via email, declined comment.

Eric Reveno has not been interviewed for the head coaching position, TheBootleg.com has also learned. Reveno, a 10-year Stanford assistant under Trent Johnson and Mike Montgomery, is 19-44 in his two years as Portland's head coach.

Stanford Basketball is under pressure to hire a coach quickly given the uncertain status of its 2008 recruits, specifically Miles Plumlee, who asked for a release from his letter of intent, as Scout.com first reported earlier today. Nonetheless, the program is hopeful that if a coach is hired soon, he might have luck retaining the 2008 commits.

Timing is critical, however. The current April contact period becomes a quiet period Thursday, May 1. The current assistant coaches have done their part, as they have been in constant communication with the 2008 recruits, and are even recruiting 2009 prospects. However, recruits have been hearing from head coaches across the country since Trent Johnson's departure. That no Stanford head coach could offer a rebuttal has weakened some of the recruits' support for Stanford over the past week, culminating in Plumlee's request.

Simply put, should Stanford hope to salvage this recruiting class, they must find a head coach soon.

Stay tuned as The Bootleg continues to report breaking news on the men's basketball coaching search.


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