Nate James (basketball)

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Nate James
Duke Blue Devils
Position Assistant coach
League Atlantic Coast Conference
Personal information
Born August 7, 1977
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Saint John's Catholic Prep
(Frederick, Maryland)
College Duke (1996–2001)
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Playing career 2001–2008
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Coaching career 2008–present
Career history
As player:
2003 Hickory Nutz
2003 Sta. Lucia Realtors
2003–2004 Kaposvári KK
2003–2004 Anjou BC
2004 KK Siroki Hercegtisak
2005 Pitagoras/Minas
2005–2006 EiffelTowers
2006–2007 Toyama Grouses
2007–2008 Basket Kwidzyn
As coach:
2008–2009 Duke (conditioning)
2009–present Duke (asst./assoc. HC)

Nate James (born August 7, 1977) is a retired American basketball player and a current assistant coach at Duke University.

College career[edit]

James, a 6'6" swingman out of Saint John's at Prospect Hall, played for coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1996 to 2001. After appearing sparingly as a freshman, James suffered a medical redshirt in his sophomore season after six games. Returning in the 1998–99 season, James became a key reserve for the Blue Devils' 1999 Final Four team, averaging 5.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game.[1]

In his junior year, James was named co-captain of the 1999–2000 team with Chris Carrawell and Shane Battier. He also moved into the starting lineup and upped his averages to 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. As a senior, James was again named co-captain and led the Blue Devils to the 2001 NCAA championship. He was named third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and tallied 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils.[1] During his time at Duke, James scored 1,116 points and due to his redshirt year became the first player in ACC history to be a member of five regular-season conference championships.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Following the close of his college career, James was not drafted by the National Basketball Association. After stints with the Summer League teams of the Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings, he embarked on an international career. James' career would take him to the Philippines, France, Japan, Bosnia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Hungary and Poland. James was a part of league championship teams in the Netherlands and Hungary.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2008, James retired from basketball and took a role as assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater. Following the departure of assistant Johnny Dawkins to Stanford, James was elevated to a full assistant role for the 2009–10 season. Duke went on to win the 2010 national championship, making James the first person to win championships at Duke as both a player and as a coach. James would stay on as a full assistant for another season before moving to a special assistant role as former Blue Devil Jeff Capel joined the staff.[2] On March 27, 2013 it was announced that James would be replacing coach Chris Collins for the Duke Blue Devils as associate head coach.


  1. ^ a b 2011-12 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball media guide, accessed November 3, 2011
  2. ^ a b Nate James Duke coaching biography, accessed November 3, 2011
  3. ^ Nate James Eurobasket profile, accessed November 3, 2011