from L to R, Alarie, Bilas, Ferry, Henderson and Dawkins
"Mark Alarie was the typical example of a preppy, blond guy at Duke who looked like he should have spent more time on the golf course than the basketball course."
The quote above is from my colleague Joe Rapolla Jr. when he did a story about the 15 most hated Duke players.
Looks can be very deceiving. Alarie is the seventh player on Duke's all time scoring list.
He averaged 16.1 points throughout his Duke tenure, saving his best for last when helped lead Duke to the national title game his senior year, 1986.
He came to Duke as part of Coach Krzyzeswki's first great draft class that included Johnny Dawkins and Jay Bilas.
According to Duke magazine, Alarie was "smooth and efficient, a silent assassin."
He formed a formidable backcourt with David Henderson and Jay Bilas, whom he has subsequently thanked for his role.
"Jay made so many sacrifices for the team, living in the weight room, setting screens for me to get open, guarding the giants so I didn't have to," Alarie said.
This allowed Alarie to become the second leading scorer of that team that ultimately secured a young Krzyzewski's job in Durham.
These guys played in the ACC when it was truly one of the most competitive conferences in the world.
That 1986 team had previously beaten a Michael Jordan-led North Carolina team in the 1984 ACC tournament, and made the NCAA tournament in 1985.
Yet, in their senior year they were picked sixth in the ACC, behind a Georgia Tech (with Mark Price and John Salley) team that was ranked No. 1, with North Carolina right behind it.
Nonetheless, this senior-laden team ended up in the national championship game. They beat North Carolina for the ACC regular season title and Georgia Tech for the ACC tournament tittle.
That was the first season since 1966 Duke won both the regular season title and ACC title.
Alarie and his graduating class had truly put a Krzyzewski-led Duke team on the map.
The 6'8" forward was the sixteenth pick of the Denver Nuggets in 1986, but his NBA career would be cut short five years later due to a serious injury.