Oregon University’s Dillon Brooks nailed the coffin on Duke’s aspirations, but the issue is far from over this after the Ducks small forward got into a “miscommunication” with Blue Devils’ head coach Mike Krzyzewski at the end of the match.
The alleged “miscommunication” steamed from Brooks late three-point shot in the dying seconds of their match. Brooks was killing of time 30-feet away from the basket when he took the shot and drilled it in. To the 20-year old Canadian star it was just a basket worthy of celebrating but it did not go well with Krzyzewski, who thinks that he was showboating even though the game was on their hands.
And when the two meet at the handshake line at the end of the match, Brooks told USA Today that the Duke’s mentor told him that he did like what he did in the last seconds of the match and called it as “showboating.”
“He just told me that I’m too good of a player to be showing out at the end. And he’s right. I’ve got to respect Duke,” Brooks said after the game.
But Krzyzewski denied Brooks’ comment and cleared it stating that he just congratulated Brooks going with the “You’re a terrific player,” phrase.
In a news from Bleacher Report, Duck’s head coach Dana Altman told Colin Cowherd that the blame should be on him and not on Brooks for the last second shot that the latter took. He added that the player was just following his instruction and the incident should not be blown out of proportion.
“That was my fault. There was a difference of about six or seven seconds on the shot clock, and [Brooks] was 30 feet from the basket. I just told him to shoot it so we wouldn’t have a turnover. I didn’t think he’d hit it. … So if anybody is upset, they should be upset with me—not Dillon Brooks. They should be upset with me because he did exactly what I told him to do. I just didn’t think he’d make it. So the fuss should be about me telling him to shoot the ball,” Altman explained.
With that being cleared, the Ducks took an 82-68 win over Duke and is heading to the Elite Eight with the hopes of barging into the Final Four, a feat that was not tasted in 77 years.
However, Brooks stated that he will not change his fiery ways on the court as he hopes that will charged up his teammates towards their goal in the NCAA Tournament. He hopes that it would infect his teammates and get them to the Final Four this season.
“I’m going to still come out with the fire. It worked against Duke and it worked against the rest of the teams I played against. So, you know, I have to keep doing it in order to be great and win games and to play well,” Brooks said.
He admits of having troubles of how to channel such fiery display of emotions and now he thinks he has found a way to put his positive energy to good use and that will come as a warning as they next play Oklahoma in the West Region.
“It’s been a hassle all my life to figure out how to channel it, find ways to make it for great use. But I feel like I found a way and I have to bring it everyday. I can’t pull it back because I tried that already and it hasn’t worked to any good extent. So I just got to keep playing with emotion and it’s just live or die,” Brooks stressed.
Aside from the Ducks, Brooks also plays for the Canada Men’s National basketball team.
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