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    Duke Basketball Recruiting getting hot-Goodman, Jefferson

    Sometime next week Coach K and Chris Collins will return, hopefully with the Gold and both will jump right into recruiting. The in home visits will soon be set as the period will get hot through the November where some kids could pull the trigger.

    I'm looking forward to watching what Austin Rivers does as the season nears and I can tell you that lots of things are in the works already.

    Here is a little tip for you recruitniks - Duke will visit Amile Jefferson and Savon Goodman tomorrow and there is more but I have to save some of that as you well know.

    It's going to be a busy few months ahead and what a great time of year it is with basketball season starting and football in mid stream.

    How do you guys think the future unfolds? I am starting to get a good idea but there is some serious evaluations to come and they will make or break some kids chances of being recruited by the defending national champions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watzone View Post
    Sometime next week Coach K and Chris Collins will return, hopefully with the Gold and both will jump right into recruiting.
    Watzone
    Has most of the recruiting work during the World Championships been done by Nate James?
    Thanks for the heads up on these targets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watzone View Post
    I'm looking forward to watching what Austin Rivers does as the season nears and I can tell you that lots of things are in the works already.
    Watzone, without subverting your work on BDN, what are your thoughts on the chances of Austin choosing Duke to play for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by superdave View Post
    Watzone
    Has most of the recruiting work during the World Championships been done by Nate James?
    Thanks for the heads up on these targets.
    Nate is at the forefront while Wojo is handling the fort, but make no mistake occasional calls to stateside were made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watzone View Post
    I'm looking forward to watching what Austin Rivers does as the season nears and I can tell you that lots of things are in the works already.
    Quote Originally Posted by Class of '94 View Post
    Watzone, without subverting your work on BDN, what are your thoughts on the chances of Austin choosing Duke to play for?
    We go into that in our latest update [members] but I can say that Duke is in a pretty good place and that I like where Duke is at this time and have for over a year now. As a site, we talked with AR very early, interviewing him when he was a pup or freshman at Boo Williams. Last July it started to come out he was going to re-open his recruitment and it wasn't a surprise to a rare few. Pay attention to the fact that the Rivers camp has been quiet and that none of his visits are etched in stone. I think when K and Collins get back you'll see some movement in the process soon thereafter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watzone View Post
    How do you guys think the future unfolds? I am starting to get a good idea but there is some serious evaluations to come and they will make or break some kids chances of being recruited by the defending national champions.
    Thanks for the update and nuggets Wats. Us poor folk appreciate a little free info every once in awhile.

    As to your question, I feel good about Austin joining the family. He is a great talent, but is it sad that we are still in great shape at SG should he decide to play elsewhere? I certainly want him, don't misunderstand, but unlike years past it is nice to not have seemingly everything hinge on one kid's decision. I am leery of ol roy and his full court press of course, but I have a feeling Austin will not be so easily swayed hearing that spill. Time will tell.

    I really like the Murphy kid also. Would love to see him sign on and give us another player in the mold of Dunleavy and Singler. Murphy seems to have a mix of those 2 Blue Devils in his game. The kid looks really good. I definitely want to see him wearing the correct shade of blue.

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    169 student-athletes had at least 1 semester where the grade in their paper class either pushed or kept their GPA above 2.0. At least 1 semester each of those students had recalculated GPA (excluding the paper class grade(s))below a 2.0. This includes 123 FB players, 15 Men's BB players. 81 students earned degrees from Chapel Hill whose recalculated final GPA excluding the grade(s) from their paper class or classes was less than the 2.0 required to graduate.

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    Goodman and Jefferson both appear to be wings who are not far from having the same skill set as Gbinije who is already on board (and Quincy who we are still chasing for that matter).

    Is that an accurate statement? Or do we need a Nate James/Chris Carrawell corrollary where you cant have too many great wing athletes? In general, what do our efforts with these two recruits mean about our standing with others - specifically Murphy, Muhammad and Tokoto (UNC guy maybe?)?

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    Talking Nirvana for K?

    Quote Originally Posted by superdave View Post
    Goodman and Jefferson both appear to be wings who are not far from having the same skill set as Gbinije who is already on board (and Quincy who we are still chasing for that matter).

    Is that an accurate statement? Or do we need a Nate James/Chris Carrawell corrollary where you cant have too many great wing athletes? In general, what do our efforts with these two recruits mean about our standing with others - specifically Murphy, Muhammad and Tokoto (UNC guy maybe?)?
    Yep, I don't think K believes you can have too many long, lean, skilled and versatile players. I believe K's druthers would be to have a team where he had five guys like Grant Hill on the floor at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Yep, I don't think K believes you can have too many long, lean, skilled and versatile players. I believe K's druthers would be to have a team where he had five guys like Grant Hill on the floor at the same time.

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    Funny, I feel the same way!




    As do most people, probably

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Yep, I don't think K believes you can have too many long, lean, skilled and versatile players. I believe K's druthers would be to have a team where he had five guys like Grant Hill on the floor at the same time.

    sagegrouse
    I felt that way, until last year. . .

    Never thought Duke could be a top team without a bunch of 6'5" to 6'8" guys who could play extended pressure defense. Shows how little I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MChambers View Post
    I felt that way, until last year. . .

    Never thought Duke could be a top team without a bunch of 6'5" to 6'8" guys who could play extended pressure defense. Shows how little I know.
    Well, Jon Schyer, Lance Thomas, and Kyle Singler are all in that size range and played good defense last year. You're certainly right that it was not the extended pressure type of defense we're used to seeing. Coach K finds a way to make the defense effective.

    To this year's team, I think the construction of the defense wil be just as interesting as the changes in offense. We really won't have many of the mid-size guys, more of a collection of guards and big men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdave View Post
    Goodman and Jefferson both appear to be wings who are not far from having the same skill set as Gbinije who is already on board (and Quincy who we are still chasing for that matter).

    Is that an accurate statement? Or do we need a Nate James/Chris Carrawell corrollary where you cant have too many great wing athletes? In general, what do our efforts with these two recruits mean about our standing with others - specifically Murphy, Muhammad and Tokoto (UNC guy maybe?)?
    It's a case of Duke covering all the bases. QM is a long shot at this point but still somewhat in the mix.

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    slight disagreement

    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post
    Well, Jon Schyer, Lance Thomas, and Kyle Singler are all in that size range and played good defense last year. You're certainly right that it was not the extended pressure type of defense we're used to seeing. Coach K finds a way to make the defense effective.

    To this year's team, I think the construction of the defense wil be just as interesting as the changes in offense. We really won't have many of the mid-size guys, more of a collection of guards and big men.
    Scheyer is a relatively small 6'5", as I recall, and not particularly athletic. There, I said it. Certainly not the same as having GHill, THill, Davis, and Lang.

    I'd say that only Kyle and Lance fit that profile last year.

    I agree with you about this year. Switching on screens will lead to lots of mismatches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MChambers View Post
    Scheyer is a relatively small 6'5", as I recall, and not particularly athletic. There, I said it. Certainly not the same as having GHill, THill, Davis, and Lang.

    I'd say that only Kyle and Lance fit that profile last year.

    I agree with you about this year. Switching on screens will lead to lots of mismatches.
    I would say Jon is not particularly quick, but that doesn't mean he's not athletic. Jon had an incredible acrobatic sneaky quality to his offensive attack game, and for me, that qualifies as athletic. If you mean raw jumping and quickness, ya, I agree with you there. Jon was not really incredible in that way. Just playing DevilHornsAdvocate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MChambers View Post
    Scheyer is a relatively small 6'5", as I recall, and not particularly athletic. There, I said it. Certainly not the same as having GHill, THill, Davis, and Lang.

    .
    Au contraire, Jon was measured at 6-4.75 in his stocking feet and 6-6 with shoes. Most 6-5 guys were actually 6-3.5. Jon's wingspan of 6-3.25, however, won him the JJ Redick Flipper Award from Sage Grouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorns View Post
    I would say Jon is not particularly quick, but that doesn't mean he's not athletic. Jon had an incredible acrobatic sneaky quality to his offensive attack game, and for me, that qualifies as athletic. If you mean raw jumping and quickness, ya, I agree with you there. Jon was not really incredible in that way. Just playing DevilHornsAdvocate.
    Yep, and you don't have to be too quick if you are already in position. Jon was as savvy a player as we've seen. His anticipation and ability to read the floor was special. He was athletic enough, but his awareness made up for any shortcomings. It was a pleasure watching his version of the beautiful game. I think it rubbed off a bit on Nolan too. He seemed more relaxed in his efforts while letting the game come to him more towards the end of the season.

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    I agree

    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorns View Post
    I would say Jon is not particularly quick, but that doesn't mean he's not athletic. Jon had an incredible acrobatic sneaky quality to his offensive attack game, and for me, that qualifies as athletic. If you mean raw jumping and quickness, ya, I agree with you there. Jon was not really incredible in that way. Just playing DevilHornsAdvocate.
    Hey, I think Jon is a great player, but not in an "athletic" sort of way. I'm not trying to defend the stereotypical use of the term, but was just trying to use it as shorthand. Jon Scheyer can be on my team any day, but he doesn't fit the profile of an athletic, long wing. (And he wasn't a wing last year, at least not on offense.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MChambers View Post
    Hey, I think Jon is a great player, but not in an "athletic" sort of way. I'm not trying to defend the stereotypical use of the term, but was just trying to use it as shorthand. Jon Scheyer can be on my team any day, but he doesn't fit the profile of an athletic, long wing. (And he wasn't a wing last year, at least not on offense.)
    Come on, man... just say it!

    He is "alarmingly unathletic."



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    Coach James dropped in on burly prospect Tony Parker this past Thursday and Parker told BDN he would attend Countdown to Craziness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watzone View Post
    Coach James dropped in on burly prospect Tony Parker this past Thursday and Parker told BDN he would attend Countdown to Craziness.
    Interesting. I would see Parker as being pretty darn similar to Tyler Adams. Hey, 'Zone, can you describe the difference in their games?

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