Parker would have been nice to have as a reserve this year who could hopefully contribute more the following year when MP2 and Ryan are gone. He was more of a luxury recruit than a necessity and we didn't really expect to get him so no need for angst over this. I like the look of the Nichols kid. Hopefully he'll come to Duke and won't fancy himself a one and done player. I like guys who stick around a few years.
Harder to get bigs to come to Duke when MP2 and Kelly are almost sure to start, and were last year except when MP1 was the starter. Can get 4 year guys like Josh and MP3 but that's about it.
Might be PF's having to play center rather than Centers, with them hoping to see MP3 show lots of promise, but Duke will sign a couple PF/C for 2013, even if they are unsuccessful replacing MP1 this year, other than with his bro from the year before wisely redshirted.
As critical is the need for some SF's this year and next, since Dre has at most one year playing at Duke, be it this year or next.
Seth's replacements have already been recruited, vis a vis the need to replace the other 3.
Count me among those who believe we were in a no-win position with Parker. Even though his parents seemed to want him to come here, it was evident that Tony's heart was never really in it.
I just hope he doesn't start believing his own hype and get too hung up on the one-and-done idea. Based on my viewing of the HS all-star games (an admittedly limited sample size), I think he'll be a college player for a while. The NBA is not a lock for him.
In any case, I do believe we have to give props to the UCLA poster Miltk. I must admit that when he came to DBR several months ago and claimed that Shabazz and Parker would end up in Westwood, I thought he was nuts. (I still think he's nuts, but maybe in an insane genius sort of way.) Well played.