now its time to focus on miller I would assume
Call me stupid. But I dunno if I even want Q now. I highly doubt we'll get him because I just don't think we'll have enough to go around for him but I think we'll have all the firepower we'll need. Especially if Kryrie stays. I like Gbinje and I think Hairston and Kelly will prove to be very good at the forward position. With Ty, Seth, Dre, and Austin at the guard spot I think we'll be in great position. But then again now that I think about it getting Q would pretty much seal the deal on a 3 peat if we get the 2nd one this year. Hmm...I dunno about Mr. Miller tho
Well BD if that's the situation then I'm all for it. I just want to remember the fact that it doesn't always take every single 5* recruit each year to win a NC. Just ask Memphis and Kentucky. While I love QM too and am a huge fan...I just don't want us to get too greedy and lose focus on what this program is about. But I'll repeat if the situation is exactly how you see it BD I'm in. Just trying to keep things in perspective.
I would love QM next year, but I really don't think he's a necessity at all. With AR, SC, AD, one or two MPs, R. Kelly, and possibly KI, we will have a strong scoring roster.
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Since we landed AR, do we have two scholarships, one for Q Miller and one for Q Cook?
2015 Rivers, gbinije, marshall plumlee, adams
2014 Irving, Hairston, Thornton
2013 Mason Plumlee, Dawkings, Kelly, Curry
2012 Miles plumlee
It's probable that Mason or Kyrie leaves after this year, but I'm not sure what K's practice has been as to offering more scholarships than available. I remember Lee paid a year himself and I think Trajan Langdon did as well, but I'm not sure of the circumstances surrounding it. Austin could likely afford it, but it seems like it would be poor form to ask that of him, especially after he did the program a huge favor by making his decision relatively early on and not dragging out the process until the spring signing period.
Looking at Miller's shot and how he likes to score in the lane i think he'll have more of a transition period in college basketball then people realize. Sure if he goes to a school where he is the man day one he'll put up numbers but at Duke where he will be "a" option instead of "the" option i really think it will take him some time to adjust. I'm not saying he will struggle as much as Henson...but i also don't think he'll have anywhere near the impact of a freshman Durant.
Anyone think that Nolan Smith was actually tweeting about Quinn Cook commitment to Duke is next or do you really think he was referring to Quincy Miller? Obviously Smith is closer to Cook. Would be great to have both but I think Miller could be more important. I think we could survive just fine with Thornton at the point.
I have seen Thornton and Cook battle it out up here in the Metropolitan area. Cook went to my old high school DeMatha and Thornton went to rival Gonzaga.
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I don't know about you guys, but I would rather have Quincy than Quinn. Quincy has that explosiveness (hoping Mason shows it this year) that the team needs down low. Though, it is unlikely that Quincy would stay more than 1 or 2 years, while Quinn looks like a 3 or 4 year guy. But look at the point guards incoming for 2012!
If we use all or many of our scholarships on one and done players, then that means we need to reload year after year like Calipari is doing. It can be done, but its quite tough, and given that the pool of players we can select from is smaller than most schools (by virtue of our academic standards and coach K's "character" standards), its even tougher for us.
Not to mention, last season proved just how valuable chemistry and continuity are to winning. Everyone knows Duke wasn't the most talented team, but we were still the best team by virtue of having a starting lineup of guys that had played ~100 games together by the end of the season.
I just hope we continue to target many 3-4 year players as well and sprinkle in the OADs for some flavoring, and not the other way around. IMO, that is the formula for success. But in the end I'm not a college basketball coach and so I revert back to what I always say: in K we trust. He has adapted to the changing landscape of recruiting, which, for better or worse, means targeting some OADs and I'm sure he'll figure out what is best for Duke to be a national title contender every year.
Yeah, I agree with the above comment. Rivers was a nice pickup but do we really want to get another guy who could be a OAD? I mean seriously. These players are nice to have on a team but you need the experience to win the tourney. Kentucky proved that. Now if Quincy said he would give us two or three years, sign him up.
"QM is a long shot at this point but still somewhat in the mix."
Something tells me the recruits are fairly well in tune with what each other is doing.