Doesn't mean Parker chooses Duke, but at this point I am now comfortable believing Duke is still very much in the running here. Don't put so much emphasis on the negatives Parker listed for Duke. There were more positives there than negatives imo. My outlook on his recruitment changed quite a bit after reading that. He was touted as "Anti-Duke" and I don't believe that is the case at all.
And FWIW, earlier this season, K moved Wojo to coaching the point guards, and moved Capel to coaching the bigs (along with Coach Badass). I imagine that information has been shared with Parker. (Not that it matters, but I remain in the camp that Wojo is a fine big man coach, and will always believe that. I am also perfectly fine with Capel and Nate coaching the bigs. All 4 of Wojo, Collins, Capel, and Nate are excellent instructors of hoops no matter the positions they instruct in on any given day)
"[T]he tarnished Tar Heels that bear little resemblance to the revered program built by Dean Smith."- Ashville Times
"UNC and the NCAA are trying to conceal that the fraud was specifically designed to pad the transcripts of varsity athletes" - Bloomberg
I'm sorry if I chose to focus more on what appears to be the most critical factor with respect to Duke (or at least the one given the most focus in this article) rather than just repeat the generally upbeat vibes of the several posters before me. I too am a little more optimistic about our chances now, so perhaps I should have conveyed that more clearly. But I can't help but notice those positives (location, education, fandom, need, etc) seem to be more important to those around him than to Parker himself, so my enthusiasm will be at least somewhat muted until I hear him emphasizing those other factors more than, say, his concern about Wojo's height.
But yes, I agree that there are plenty of positives here too.
Was this "roundtable" done before or after our tourney exit? Just curious because most seemed to have pinned the "whoa, a loss to Lehigh doesn't look good to me!" tweet (or something like that) on Tony. Just curious about the timing of this conversation.
"Names like Shavlik Randolph, Lance Thomas, Josh McRoberts..."
All those guys have played or are playing in the NBA. How can that be a negative against Duke?
I don't see Parker becoming Elton, Sheldon, or Boozer, but he and everybody around him appear to believe that he's already at that level, maybe he is and maybe he will be, but he would be a huge boost to the program and recruiting morale, it's a concern of a lot of people including me even if its not accurate that we're in a bit of a slump.
His comments about Mason dominating in high school were a little surprising. Christ School doesn't exactly play a rigorous schedule, and it's a lot easier when you have another Plumlee on the court, which he always had.
so, what are tony's schools down to...? "officially"
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
Is it just me or do Shav, Thomas, and McRoberts have almost NOTHING in common with Parker in terms of playing style, except for being around the same height?
For example, pointing to Burgess, Shav and Thomas (why pull those three out of the air in particular anyway??) is very decptive b/c: (1) None of them are remotely similar to TP in body type or physical potential (Brand would be the closest physical similarity out of HS); (2) Theirs were three very divergent paths -- Shav's career was marked by recurruing illness and injury, but he still ultimately made it to the NBA, Thomas was NOT a top-10 recruit and was never a slam-dunk for the NBA out of HS (though he is there now following his Nat'l Championship at Duke), and Burgess had "family issues" and was grossly mis-evaluated by the recruiting services out of HS (hard to blame K for him not bearing fruit when the kid left after just a couple years - kinda hard to develop a kid who's 2,000 miles away... ; (3) There is a big difference between "McD AA" and "top-10" for HS recruits. Top-10 might have legit expectations of pro prospects, but sliding down into the 30's and beyond, there may be HOPES of the Association... but the numbers don't lie -- there's only about 14 lottery picks each year. Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers and Harrison Barnes, all top-5 HS recruits, could legitimately EXPECT to get to the NBA.... but you can't say that about all of the other Duke recruits who maybe came out as top 20-40 guys, though several of those actuially DID make the show after Duke.
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This little article http://www.c2crecruiting.com/ says that UCLA had an in-home with Parker last night, with their representative being Parker's AAU coach-turned UCLA assistant. Further, the "source" for the article indicates that Memphis, UCLA, Kansas, and Ohio State are all "in play" for him, Duke is "on the outside" and "most feel Duke isn't a real player" in this.
I don't know how good this guy's sources are. Maybe not good at all, who knows? But if he is credible, this is not encouraging, obviously,