Basically, Painter's departure sort of frees up time, but not enough to be a deal maker in my opinion. Leslie is the key to big minutes at State. If he stays, there won't be more than 10-15 minutes (at the most) available to Jefferson next year. If Leslie goes, Jefferson will compete with Harris for the starting spot.
It definitely hurts State as a team, though. Painter was the only guy suited to play both PF and C for them. So he provided a very useful player off the bench. They were going to potentially have a very deep and versatile frontcourt with Painter, Vandenburg, and Harris coming off the bench and De Thaey available in an absolute crisis. Now, it puts a lot more importance on Leslie returning and Harris/Vandenburg/De Thaey being useful backups.
BlueDevilNation: "Every single move made changes the big picture in which recruit will go where. Kentucky making a huge late push for Jefferson."
Not sure what this means, yet, but I have a feeling we'll know in about 3 hours.
How important is Jefferson to Duke now?
I think it is pretty important Duke gets a 4, that can develop and start contributing in 2 years, and be a glue guy.
If Kentucky doesn't get Noel it sounds like cal is going full bore after this kid, how high was this kid on Kentucky in the first place?
I really love basketball. 18/19 year olds just happen to be at the age where they are in their peak physical form to play this game. Many will never be able to run and jump quite as well a couple of years down the road after a few seasons of wear and tear in the NBA. They are also at an age where they are not yet millionaires and still "susceptible" to a little coaching.
It's a much better form of escapism, for me anyway, than watching a bunch of people getting shot/murdered/whatever passes for TV and movies these days. Or hanging out a bar to smoke cigarettes, drink too much, and speak lewdly about women.
I know this is a tad preachy, but you did just call a bunch of people's fun activity "extremely pathetic". I am glad that I have this.
So, Noel to Kentucky. Does this change Kentucky's new push for Jefferson, or does it not make that much difference?
I think Jefferson waits on CJ Leslie and perhaps TP to make up their mind, then he announces shortly after.
I don't see him going to UK now as playing time won't be quite so abundant with Noel and Poythress in the lineup.
Then it comes down to Duke vs. State and if Leslie leaves, he's going to State and if Leslie comes back, he goes to Duke unless TP unexpectedly announces for Duke, then who knows?... Maybe Villanova?
However, like the rest of these decisions, it won't be make-or-break by any means. If he doesn't come, we'll still have our 4-man rotation this year, a great pitch for Julius Randle next year (or possibly slide Jabari Parker down to play alongside Murphy/Sulaimon/etc), and who knows what will happen in 2014; the staff has a good relationship with Jahlil Okafor, who could potentially play alongside R-JR MP3 to give us a heckuva frontcourt.
PF/C - Cauley
...with Poythress also able to spend some time at the 4 if Jon Hood comes in at wing, or something. I actually think PF is their deepest position, as it is.