I may be in the minority but I kind of feel bad for Tony Parker. I know he has flip flopped more than a politician running for office, but he is still a kid. I think he is feeling a lot of pressure internally and externally. As a teacher I see kids make snap decisions or statements all the time then to change their mind when they actually think about it. I have a feeling he is under pressure to cut his list down and makes statements that he might not really had a chance to think about and when he does his mind changes. So, if he waits until the very last minute and makes the best decision for him then well good for him. It'd be great for Duke but if he goes elsewhere and is happy then I'd be happy for him.
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I don't feel bad for anyone deciding which institution he should go to for free to play a game. How about the high school student that gets great grades, does a ton of community service but has to pay for college because his family is considered middle class hard working Americans? If its free why not choose the best institution with the best teachers (coaches included)?
i feel bad for Parker too and i think he is setting himself up for disappointment. There are too many people in his ear and i'm afraid he is trying to put so much stock on who gives him the best chance to be a star. It leads me to believe that he won't be happy no matter where he goes because he won't give himself the opportunity to enjoy his years in college, his coach or the teammates he plays with. Is it that hard to imagine that the minute he struggles people will be telling him it is someone else's fault?
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Back OT, it probably does hurt our chances with TP as from everything I have read, he wants pretty immediate playing time, along with strong development. I worry as well that he might have unrealistic expectations of his own career trajectory, and hope that if he picks Duke, he is more patient than I imagine (for his own sake).
I get that depth chart is a bigger deal in basketball than it is in football when choosing schools, but if you are badazz PF/C recruit (or at least you think you are), and really want to come to Duke, Mason Plumlee coming back shouldn't damper your fondness for Duke. You should be able to earn the minutes. Hell, I hope if you prove yourself better, you beat Kelly or Plumlee out for minutes. Obviously, there can be a perception (not necessarily correct) of a zero sum game to that. But dammit, I want guys that think they can beat the seniors out, mostly because I want seniors to know they still have to fight for their jobs.
In another thread someone brought up the "good ole days" example of Laettner coming in as a frosh and serving as an "understudy" to Ferry. Used to be that way, but the data has been trending toward "the get to the league as fast as you can" model for a long time. For another relevant Duke example, see Carlos Boozer. He waited until Elton Brand officially decided to go pro in the Spring of 1999 before committing to Duke.
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Out of our 3 remaining targets I feel TP is the person least likely to but on the right shade of blue next year, and by listening to interviews and articles of him kinda get the scenes he's not really a "Duke Guy" idk though just my personal opinion. But i do REALLY like the guys size..
He's not going to start over Mason nor Ryan but could compete for third big over Josh at PF and over MP3 at center.