I think the happiest guy in the world right now has to be Mason. Without Shabazz (or Austin for that matter), he is now the team's #1 option on offense - not that he'll necessarily lead the team in scoring, but our first option has to be to try to get the ball into him. If there's a silver lining in not getting Bazz, it's that maybe we'll for real try to develop an inside game this year (and stick to it).
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I'm disappointed that we didn't get Bazz, but I will say this: he could have made a big spectacle of this announcement, and IMO, he didn't.
I think he was very respectful and complimentary of all 3 schools. He actually seemed a bit nervous.
Last six games, we were 3-3 and averaged 68 points a game. Early, we found ways to score, but towards the end, it dried up and we relied heavily on a player we don't have.
With all the positive things being said about Duke's chances with the elite players of the 2013 class, I think next year's results for Duke will be exponentially better. And btw, Duke still go an elite SG in Sheed.
I can't believe I just watched this stupidity. Shabazz seems like a really nice, down to earth kid. I would have loved to have him at Duke, but wish him the best of luck at UCLA.
Just got in from the golf course to see the decisions of these 2 recruits. Best of luck to the both of them. If UCLA was not an adidas sponsored team, I doubt Bazz goes there
The SI article was pretty clear in it's portrayal of Howland as somewhat aloof and not communicating well with the recent group of players.
Perhaps the article was wrong, but the results of the last couple years seem to be consistent with poor communication somewhere along the line.
I've been impressed with Shabazz as a serious, thoughtful young man; seems likely to me that he'll be a good teammate and leader (or is it presumptuous to have a freshman as a leader?)
But do things all of a sudden fit together at UCLA and everybody pull together?
As for Kyle Anderson, I've heard many say that he is much faster than he looks. My opinion is that being 6-8 he will be very difficult to stop in college.
Obviously having chemistry problems could hurt them and I'm not saying that UCLA will be a juggernaut but considering the state of college basketball I think its ridiculous to not put them in the Top 10, and I would put them in the top 5.