I like his emphasis on academics. A lot of these guys talk about academics, but it seems like they do so only because someone told them to do so, but for whatever reason, I believe Amile when he says it's a key priority for him. That obviously would appear to bode well for us.
i would be ecstatic when and if i see him in a duke uni....
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
Those big doughy puppy dog eyes are tuggin at my heart strings.
Liked what I heard about Duke, I think that if Leslie were to leave though, State would be really hard for him to turn down.
I mean, State isn't an awful school, it's certainly not on the Duke level, but its still worth a lot. And if your choice is between two schools who will on paper, probably be equally as talented, or at least close, and you have the opportunity to go in and play right away in a system that has shown to enhance one with the talents of Amile and Calvin Leslie, then its not a clear cut decision even if he wants to stay for a while. He also mentioned that Rodney Purvis is a good friend and roommate of his on the road. Not to mention the fact that Tyler Lewis looks really, really good as a point guard. State certainly has a lot to offer him, especially if Leslie leaves. Gottfried is doing a hell of a job and its nice to be a part of a rising team who used to be great and the State fans appreciate if they get to the Sweet Sixteen.
I think Amile would do very well at both schools and certainly hope that he comes to Duke, but NC State is a serious player again, and to be perfectly honest, I like that, even though I wouldn't like to lose "head to head" recruiting battles with them.
Don't know how earth-shattering this "breaking news" is but Evan Daniels at scout.com tweeted today:
"Amile Jefferson is looking at 4 schools -- NCSU, Duke, UK, NOVA. Decision soon..."
Just saw this tweet, which was retweeted by Evan Daniels:
Amile Jefferson, 6-9 F, tells WLKY he's heard from UK. Says Kenny Payne called and hinted Cats would lose all 6 primary players.
Singler is IRON
I STILL GOT IT! -- Ryan Kelly, March 2, 2013
Here's the article:
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This interview is a bit "old" - was done before the McDAA game - but I didn't see it linked. It offers another nice glimpse of how thoughtful and well-spoken Amile is. VIDEO
Re Calipari's remarks, though, I assume the article is accurate. And his position makes perfect sense--if your players are as high-profile as these Kentucky players, they can get a pretty good idea of where they might go in the draft without "declaring" and participating in the formal "advisory committee" process. So they can just remain undeclared, and eligible to stay in school should they decide to, until the last possible date, which is April 29.
I'd be surprised if Calipari doesn't push the current guys to announce their intentions sooner rather than later. It goes with the territory with the system they run.
Amile had some cool stuff to say about Duke and Coach K as well as a comment on UK, too.
IMO, he just seems to be a great fit for Duke, maybe even more than TP. I'll definately be disappointed if he goes elsewhere.
Hope we land at least one of the three recruits we are recruiting for next year.