The Alaskan Assassin Shoots Duke to the Final Four
Posted March 22, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
DURHAM — Two weeks ago Trajan Langdon sat on the sideline nursing an injured foot. What were the odds that he would not only come back, but shoot his Duke team into the Final Four?
Langdon scored 23 points in Saturday's victory over Temple going 5-for-6 from 3-point range.
"I don't even want to think about the lows, it seems like it was a long time ago," Langdon said. "It was a lot of fun this weekend. I was just happy to be on the court contributing again. For me to get back out there and help the team and be successful, it was a great feeling."
Sunday with just under two minutes left, coach Mike Krzyzewski substituted for his senior captain. Coach K smiled from one ear to the other as he and Langdon embraced.
"My smile was the smile of Trajan, not my whole team," Krzyzewski said. "When I saw that kid, I just watched him walk off [the court]."
"I don't think I have ever seen him that excited since I've been here," Langdon said. "It was a great feeling to see him have a smile on his face, and it didn't look like it ever came off."
Krzyzewski looked at Langdon as part of a bridge around which Duke basketball has been rebuilt. Langdon's freshman year, Duke suffered through a 13-18 campaign. But like his foot injury, that seems like a long time ago.
Krzyzewski could not be happier that the Blue Devils' return to the Final Four comes at a time when Trajan Langdon is still part of the program.