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Glaxo drew some big names

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N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher attended during the four days of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Basketball Tournament at Broughton’s Holliday Gymnasium, which wrapped up Tuesday night.

Krzyzewski, who made his first and only appearance Tuesday night, brought an entourage with him, and signed autographs in between the Ravenscroft-Centennial final and the Word of God-Christ final.

Duke has recruited Ravenscroft senior forward Ryan Kelly and Christ senior forward Mason Plumlee. Duke coaches took up seats on press row every night of the tournament, including Friday when assistant coach Chris Collins and his father, former Chicago Bulls coach Doug Collins watched, though it was “dead period,” when the NCAA prohibits coaches from attending high school games. Duke said it would report the minor violation to the NCAA after questions arose.

Cowher, whose daughter Lindsay is a senior center at Ravenscroft, was there to watch the Ravens, who finished in third place. Cowher, who sat in the stands, was reportedly on his cell phone during Monday morning’s game, a day in which rumors swirled on the national sports air waves about him possibly taking over the New York Jets.

Sidney Lowe did bring a few coaches with him to watch Monday’s Word of God-St. Raymond's game, and Lowe stood against the wall in a corner near one of the exits on the floor, with a good look at the high-flying exploits of verbal commitment C.J. Leslie, a junior forward at Word of God.

With Holy Rams senior guard John Wall, considered the top recruit in the country, still undecided, Krzyzewski and Lowe’s appearances couldn’t have hurt their chances to reel him in in. UNC coach Roy Williams is not believed to have attended this year (he did last year), but, reportedly, an assistant attended at least one game.

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Javier Serna has covered sports for The News & Observer since 2007. He previously covered growth for the North Raleigh News, and sports at The Truth in Elkhart, Ind. E-mail Javier.