The DDM is a much more up tempo style of basketball that showcases the PG which is what interests PG prospects about the offense.
Coach K is a great x's and o's coach but we have to face reality that in this era there is a majority of recruits who want to play in an undisciplined up tempo offense rather than a highly disciplined half court offense.
Of course, John Wall was 13 when that happened.
We've got pieces of our offensive sets that are a lot like the AASAA and there's a similarity to what is featured by a lot of team in international play and the AASAA, as well. We tried to run something similar two years ago, but scrapped it because it didn't fit with our personnel. When our offense was really clicking the last two years, it was when Gerald was getting in the lane consistently and making the defense defend penetration. That's no different from the theory behind Cal's AASAA.
There certainly was a three or four year stretch where we were really slow and really rigid offensively, but it's not like that's all Coach K has ever done, and we've without question evolved away from those periods of setting 27 screens for a jumpshooter.
In a recruiting situation, perception is what matters, so perhaps Wall does prefer what he's heard from Coach Calipari. But I believe Coach K would utilize Wall's talents as well, or better, and could also present that concept well (which emphasizes the importance of face-to-face contact).
Caliparri leaving changed things, he really liked the school(Memphis) and the coach(Caliparri) and the offense along with his role(DDM).
All signs pointed to a commitment.
He was all set until Caliparri left Memphis and went to Kentucky, a school Wall had long ago eliminated and this process has seemed like Caliparri now selling Wall on Kentucky and Wall not yet ready to bite.
1) Zagoria stands behind his sources.
2) Vance Walberg invented the "dribble-drive" offense.
Interesting quotes from Clifton... he says it's down to Duke, UK and Miami, he flat out says he will not be Wall's agent, he says they are fully looking into the potential Bledsoe issue, and he states that Duke definitely has the best shot at a NC from Wall's 3 options.
If anything, this reinforces what some folks here have been saying about not listening to blogs that quote "anonymous sources". From the current and actual firsthand quotes from Clifton, Duke seems to be in as good of a position as it's ever been to land Wall.
But I have to agree with poster a few down, I've become a bit numb to the rollercoaster ride by this point...Wall has confirmed that he's still considering the Wildcats after they accepted Bledsoe's commitment, but, Clifton said, "The knee-jerk reaction, and justifiably so, would be to take a minute of pause to look further into it. Because I can't imagine, to get a player like Eric Bledsoe, that [Kentucky] would tell him, we're going to recruit over you immediately and not play you very much as a freshman.
"There had to be some assurances made to him about being able to share the ball, that would inspire him to commit despite the possibility of John still coming there. ... So we have to revisit that situation and make sure it's going to be great to have two of the top four point guards on the roster at once."
By revisiting it, Clifton said hopes to talk to Calipari as well as Bledsoe's camp, to see what their expectations are for next season at Kentucky. (Bledsoe has been quoted as saying that he and Wall can coexist on the court, and that, "I'm going to play my position either if [Wall does go to UK] or he don't.") Said Clifton, "It's definitely not a deal-breaker, but I'd be remiss in my duty as a guy that's helping John and his family if we don't explore it fully."
It has been speculated that Duke is Clifton's preferred destination for Wall, in part because of rumors that Clifton hopes to become Wall's agent next season, and Duke would be the place where he'd be best insulated from outside suitors. Clifton denied this to SI.com last month -- "I'll be in John's life in some capacity, but it won't be as his agent," he said -- but Clifton does, definitely, like Duke.
He cited the fact that the Blue Devils had a clear opening at the point-guard spot as a benefit, and said that, of the teams Wall was considering, Duke had the best chance of competing for a national title next season, a fact that he felt should not be taken lightly.
That doesn't add up to me at all.
I dont think Keith Booth would call Coach K and inquire about what role Ryan Kelly or Mason Plumlee will have at Duke.
If John Wall comes to Duke, I think the best use of his abilities would be a much more fast-paced offensive style than we saw last year. I believe this style really suits the rest of our personnel (minus Zoubek) as well. Coach K seems to tailor his offensive schemes every season to what best fits his personnel and I have no reason to believe that he is committed to a slower half court scheme.
Si.com has the scoop.
It's Duke, Kentucky, and Miami
Kentucky is on thin ice, but not out of the equation.
advisor and former AAU coach, Brian Clifton, told SI.com on Monday that it would be "accurate" to assume that the race was now between Duke, Kentucky and Miami
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Golly gee, look at these 114 pages. This excitement and suspense is killing me.
Thank goodness I have the Red Wings to keep me occupied.
Somebody do me a favor, what game did JWall attend during this past season?
Only this time, Duke comes out on top from left field??? Trying to put a good spin on this for us...LOL
I am 95 percent positive that John Wall was at the Virginia Tech game in Cameron. My seats were down in 19D (behind the bench) and, if I remember correctly, Wall was down in that area.Originally Posted by wander
I'm not sure if he attended any other games or not.
I will be stunned if it is Miami. If the kid is going to go away from home, then I would think he would go to Kentucky. Why play on a team that will not be a title contender (or even a top 20 team) and a team that will not be on TV all that much when Top 10 Duke and Top 15 Kentucky are calling and you can be the piece that propels them to the top or at least close to it?
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