Is it confirmed that TP will announce at the McDonald's game? I know this was what was reported a few weeks ago, but I didn't see it in the roundtable piece. I suppose "confirming" anything with respect to TP's recruitment is a difficult proposition, but are we truly expecting an announcement then? Can't believe it'll be over. Someone should comb through this thread and pick out some of the most extreme statements/comments as a sort of retrospective on our often confusing dance with Tony. Hope it ends well.
Amazing story about Parker linked on the Main Page.
It concerns a day in the life, and at the end of the day there is a meeting with family and advisors to discuss each and every team. Seven schools are taped to the piano. Tony has comments about every one of them.
My conclusion: he is carrying this on as a game, having fun with it, and not disclosing his true leanings. He's a real kidder -- a neat kid, I would say. I hope he is using it to tease his mother, who wants him to go to Duke.
'And, needless to say, there is no point carrying out "textual criticism" of his comments about Duke'
Last edited by sagegrouse; 03-24-2012 at 12:07 PM. Reason: Added note at end
I agree - Tony seems like a funny and likable kid. He doesn't automatically come across that way in other articles/interviews, but I'm glad for the opportunity to read pieces like this that are more than just reporting the facts but also help us understand that young man behind the name.
It obviously sounds like he's torn, but we have the parents in our corner. If I was in his shoes, I'd have some concerns, too.
However, I do think it's a joke Dion Glover is adding any type of advice to the situation. "Burgess"....really? First, I don't think he had miserable seasons, and second, if he'd stuck around, he might have produced a little more than he did in Utah.
Yeah, I don't see how Burgess is an example of duke not developing its big men. The guy left and went to another school because he thought he was better than coach k knew, then still flopped. If duke was holding him back, wouldn't he have flourished after he left? It's clear to me that EVERYONE misjudged his talent and attitude coming out of high school.
The above his my personal opinion, and I am sure some will disagree with it.
It sounded to me like he wants to want to come to Duke, but can't get over the perceptions that people have about us. Hopefully he'll follow his father's advice and go where he would fit in best, and forget about what players have come through in the past.
But by all means, focus on Burgess...
Also of possible related arcane interest; I heard a John Feinstein book tour interview where he related some stories about Bobby knight. One of which was that Knight and Pete Newell were close friends and back in the day when it wouldnt have been uncommon, even shared hotel rooms every year at the final four. Just seemed to be interesting in terms of big man teaching trees and coach K.
I honestly think his heart of hearts is telling him to go elsewhere. Probably either Kansas or UCLA. The family's pull (particularly his parents) towards Duke is quite strong though, so he's understandably torn. The way Tony talks about it, he seems to be a fairly average teenager in that he puts tremendous stock in general perceptions/stereotypes related to each school, envisioning himself more as a part of a lineage of big men at a particular program rather than as an individual that will create his own space and leave his own mark. That's very normal for a young person at his stage of psychosocial development. It's also very clear that he loves Coach K and probably many other things about Duke, but he seems concerned more with appearances and perceptions. I think the "big man development concern" is a genuine concern but probably more the scapegoat for his hesitancy rather than the crux of it, and that there is something else deeper down that gives him pause and comes from a more "adolescent" place in his heart and might not be as persuasive to his parents. Thus, he harps on the big man issue over and over.
This kid has grown up dreaming of this day. I don't blame him for being confused and uncertain. I'm actually proud of him for putting off his decision, now that we understand the important and conflicted considerations at play. He (or perhaps his parents) made the right move in waiting. Unfortunately for them, their time is almost up.