One Duke player familiar to many Maryland fans -- and Terps players -- is guard Nolan Smith from Upper Marlboro.

Smith, a sophomore, told me last year that he selected Duke largely because of former Blue Devils guard Johnny Dawkins. Dawkins was a close friend and former NBA teammate of Smith's late father, Derek.

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"All my friends are at Maryland -- Adrian Bowie, Shane Walker," Smith said. "But Johnny Dawkins put Duke in my heart." Walker has since transferred to Loyola.

Smith's playing time has increased for the Blue Devils this season. He's averaging 10.3 points per game.

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