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Dunleavy's goal is to make Tulane the next Duke or Villanova

Dunleavy's son Mike, Jr. played for Duke. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Dunleavy's son Mike, Jr. played for Duke. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Tulane hasn't made the NCAA Tournament in 21 years, but don't tell that to new Head Basketball Coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He thinks Tulane is a sleeping giant ready to experience winning once again.

Between Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and all the surrounding surrounding states there's a great talent base," said Dunleavy. "I looked at it like there was no reason to win in a big way here. The two programs I've been most associated with have been Duke and Villanova. Small private schools, with small on-campus gyms, but have an opportunity to go play in way bigger venues as you get better. I may be naive, but that's my goal."

Dunleavy has never coached in the college ranks, but in the NBA he's directed four teams over a 17-year career. Credentials that should get recruits to the Uptown campus.

"If they're NBA-caliber players, there's nobody coaching out there today that can prepare them any better than I can," Dunleavy said. "I would argue I can prepare them the best. Because that's my game. That's the kind of style we're going to play. General managers that come to look at players here, are already going to know with my reputation of the way I coach to begin with. This guy is going into my training camp and fit seamlessly."

Things won't be easy schedule-wise for Dunleavy in his first year as head coach. On the non-conference schedule is 2016 Final Four participant North Carolina. 

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