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Big man on campus: Army grad Krzyzewski brings US national team to West Point

  • United States basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, and players on the national team, pose for a photo on the steps of Washington Hall as cadets line up before lunch at the U.S. Military Academy on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team held an afternoon practice session at the academy. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    United States basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, and players on the national team, pose for a photo on the steps of Washington Hall as cadets line up before lunch at the U.S. Military Academy on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team held an afternoon practice session at the academy. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States basketball national team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, third from right, from talks to players during practice at Christl Arena at the U.S. Military Academy on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    United States basketball national team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, third from right, from talks to players during practice at Christl Arena at the U.S. Military Academy on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States men's national basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, dines with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, right, at Washington Hall on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team was at the academy for a practice session. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    United States men's national basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, dines with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, right, at Washington Hall on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team was at the academy for a practice session. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)  (The Associated Press)

On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.

In much of the basketball world, he's Coach K.

Around here, he's Mike Krzyzewski, Army class of 1969.

Krzyzewski returned to his alma mater on Monday with the U.S. national team, which toured the campus, ate lunch with cadets in the mess hall and held an open practice for military personnel and families.

The basketball was limited on a day Krzyzewski spent more time addressing the crowd than his players during practice. But even with the Basketball World Cup opener just 12 days away, he thought the trip benefited his team no matter how much work the players did.