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Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G09

There are probably close to 10 players in the ACC who receive more publicity than Duke's Daniel Ewing. He may rank fifth or sixth in a discussion of the conference's top point guards. He's not as fast as North Carolina's Raymond Felton or Wake Forest's Chris Paul. He's not as strong as Maryland's John Gilchrist or Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack.

But few players are more valuable to their teams. Few college players have won more than the senior, who has been a key player on talented Duke teams the past four years. One of the ACC's leaders in steals and assists, Ewing also can score when needed. In a Feb. 12 loss at Maryland, Ewing attacked Gilchrist early in a head-to-head matchup, scoring 14 first-half points to keep Duke in the game. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Ewing is one of the more mild-mannered point guards he has coached, which was why it was so surprising when Ewing tallied a string of technical fouls late in the season.

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Like most of Krzyzewski's better point guards, Ewing logs plenty of minutes. The key is for Ewing to stay out of foul trouble. Duke does not possess the depth or experience at backup point guard to fill Ewing's shoes should the senior get into foul trouble.

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