Amaker is the 23rd Blue Devil basketball player to be inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame and fourth who played under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Amaker was a four-year starter at point guard for the Blue Devils and over that span helped lead the team to a 108-30 record, four NCAA Tournaments and an appearance in the 1986 Final Four. The 1986-87 season was a special one for Amaker as he not only earned All-America honors but also was named National Defensive Player of the Year. Upon graduation from Duke, Amaker held the all-time career records in both assists and steals. He was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in the 1987 NBA draft.
In 1988, Amaker rejoined Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils as a graduate assistant while he took classes at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Amaker remained on the staff for nine years, helping the Blue Devils capture two national championships, five Final Four appearances, and a 230-80 record overall.
Following the 1996-97 season, Amaker took the head coaching job at Seton Hall at age 31, becoming the youngest head coach in Big East Conference history. At Seton Hall, he compiled a 68-55 overall record, wooed the nation's top recruiting class, earned postseason berths in all four seasons, and led the Pirates to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2000, in just his third season as a head coach. In March 2001, Amaker accepted the head coaching position at U-M.
The induction will bring the Duke Sports Hall of Fame to 107 members, dating back to the inaugural ceremony in 1975. The ceremonies are conducted on a two-year cycle, with this year's induction taking place Sept. 21-22 around Duke's home football game against Northwestern. The official induction will be Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Portraits of the five inductees, painted by local artist John Furlow, will hang in the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in the Schwartz-Butters Building, which is adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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