No, the kid never was going to be the next Nash or Stockton, but he was going to be the best point guard my old college buddy's small Division I program had in years. I still can hear him talking about pulling his car into a hotel parking lot at 8 o'clock on that brutal Las Vegas summer morning, and discovering that recruit he had to have, Brian Dux, running himself through dribbling drills before a long day of AAU tournament games in the desert.
This was nine years ago, and Mike MacDonald, then the coach at Canisius College, told me on the phone, "I've got to get this kid."
Dux was a puny point guard out of Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb, and oh how MacDonald desperately wanted to coach him. He was 6-foot nothing then, and he had maybe two or three scholarship offers. Dux did go to Canisius and had a wonderful career, becoming the second player in program history to go for more than 1,000 points and 500 assists. He'd become all-conference in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, andRead More »from Former Canisius star in coma after car crash