Not to change the subject from Kentucky recruiting, but Austin Nichols is on Duke's campus as I type this.
His visit is pretty crucial, especially with Randle out of the picure -- K already has two great wings lined up for this year's class (and with Hood and Dawkins returning, we'll actually add four very different wing talents), but as of now, the only real post players on the roster for next year are Marshall Plumlee and the undersized Josh Hairston -- although Alex Murphy (a natural wing) and Amile Jefferson (a post player in a wing body) could play the four in a pinch.
Nichols is a versatile 6-10 post player, who is -- as of this moment -- the only big man in Duke sights.
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James young, who Duke showed interest in awhile back, is announcing today. Top 10 or 15 kid. I'd just about bet my house it'll be . . . Kentucky!
how many players do you think are legitimately capable of earning a duke basketball scholarship each year?
how many make the basketball cut? we don't typically give scholly's to players outside the top 40 (yes it does happen, but the exception not the rule), so that's about where I'd start.
of that 40, does anybody have a sense for how many are legitimate prospects after the academics cut and the character cut?
are we fishing out of a pool of 5-10 guys each year that k would be happy with? that would make our hit rate pretty darn impressive; surely a few of those prospects are beyond our reach because of reasons outside of k's control (geography, preferred roles, etc.) and they are all highly sought.
now that i think about it, the 40 is probably too high - i would guess k and co. like the guys ranked in the 30s better than the recruiting services.
Folks, please stay on topic, which is about Duke recruitng for 2014.
Congrats to Captains Amile Jefferson & Quinn Cook. Go lead this team to nets and hardware fellas!
Former Duke target Marcus Lee, 6'9" out of California, has committed to . . . Kentucky. Actually I think this is a good thing. I never saw what was so great about Lee. He's very skinny and is very raw offensively. Has the potential to be pretty good defensively especially as a shot blocker, but I think I wrote in another thread that he reminds me of Casey Sanders. Good that UK is using a scholarship on him, and we'll see what it means in terms of Julius Randle.
Looks like Andrew Wiggins re-classified as expected and will be a 2013 recruit.
I know he's mentioned Duke in his top 5. Any reality to that?
Or is he a foregone conclusion to go to Kentucky?
So with Austin out...does that finalize our 2013 roster with Parker the only question? I am hoping I am missing a recruited big guy (other that Todd Z)
Versatile roster! But who plays center when Marshall is sitting ... or worse is injured... We could play a point guard and 4 6-7/6-8 guys and switch everything I suppose. We would be fast!
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“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”