Starter, I don't disagree with your logic there. I don't think I should get any further into it, given that I don't have absolute knowledge of the situation and don't want to suggest anything negative about a kid who, by all account, is a great kid, and I'd love to have at Duke. I'm pretty confident it's not a non-factor, though.
The good thing is that Shabazz and his camp has done a pretty good job of keeping his intentions close. Everyone's belief on where he is going is all just based on speculation and hearsay. I don't even know if he has a leader right now. If I would have to guess, I would probably say UCLA because it is close to home and he can basically be a saving grace to not only the program, but the Pac-10 as a whole. They are in need of star power. I do like the Coach K got in the last word. Tha always helps
This kind of thing could get out of hand if the shoe companies start shelling out cash. Its probly already being done but this is the first time ive ever heard of a kid picking a school because his family is on the shoe companies payroll.
Man I know our team is full right now but it would be great to add Shabazz as the final piece. Get ready for another Kentucky super team people.
There's a new ESPN insider article where 7 'experts' predict where everyone is going. For Shabazz 4 experts picked UCLA, the other 3 picked UK.
However 5 experts picked Amile to come to Duke, 2 picked State.
I think Noel, Muhammad and Oriahki all 3 sign with Kentucky. Calipari has his revolving door business of running a college basketball program running at the highest level. And I think all 3 of these guys know that and know they can do what Kentucky just did this past season. You (myself included) may not like it but that is the state of college basketball because of the rules. The elite players (most) choose where is best for 1 year and that is it. I hope I am wrong about Shabazz, Oriahki would be a nice get but with MP2 coming back, I don't see it happening
I don't know if Shabazz sees it this way but he is the perfect fit for Duke next season.
Mason Plumlee (Marshall back up)
Ryan Kelly (Hairston and Alex back up)
Shabazz Muhammad (Silent G or Alex backup)
Seth Curry (Switches out with Andre and Dawkins)
Quinn Cook (Switches out with Tyler and Seth)
On paper this team could dominate.
I think you meant Rasheed, correct?
Personally, I don't know that the lineup you mention is all that impressive.
Mason/Marshall - Pretty good starter, but unproven rookie at backup. Big drop off if Mason gets into foul trouble
Kelly/Hairston/Gbinje - Nice matchup 4, but you lose a lot of rebounding. Hairston/Gbinje very much unproven.
Muhammad/Gbinje/Alex - A top talent for sure, but downside is you have 3 freshman at that position.
Curry/Suliamon/Dawkins - Deepest spot on the floor, although Curry and Dawkins have defensive liabilities
Cook/Thornton/Curry - Decent rotation if Cook is healthy. If not, we're pretty thin.
So essentially, you have this year's team, but you trade Rivers/Miles for Suliamon/Muhammad. That's an upgrade, and everyone else has another year of experience. However, even with Shabazz I don't think this team is as loaded as UNC or Kentucky was this year. One thing that scares me is that with or without Shabazz, we lose 4 rotation guys at the end of the season. That's a lot of holes to fill, and losing another one-and-done could mean replacing our entire starting 5.
I'd really like to get another stud in this year's class, be it Shabazz, Parker, or Amile. If Shabazz is a true one-and-done, not sure if I'd rather have Amile or Parker for the longer term.
"There can BE only one."
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”