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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by -bdbd View Post
    This one really picked me up. Duke hadn't had a commitment in a while, and especially one that was a "surprise" to many (myself probably included). He seems like a quality PERSON, well-spoken and obviously had considered implications on all sides. He fills a specific need at Duke. NCSU was his clear #2.


    http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=178&f...t=8993362&p=12

    On a funnier note, Pack Pride is in meltdown mode. I've not been over there much before. But the tone seems pretty different than IC. Not sure how to describe it.

    Did they go into "we should leave the ACC mode"?

  2. #22
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    YouTube

    Amile's announcement makes this video much more entertaining...

  3. #23

    more on Amile

    Here's an updated story with a lot of quotes from Jefferson:

    http://blogs.fayobserver.com/accbask...-State,-Villan

  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post
    Thanks, Mark....now 'fess up; did you have a good idea how this recruitment was going to play out?
    I started getting good vibes last evening and Jefferson never said a thing negative to Duke to my knowledge. We work the philly are sources when necessary. But nobody knew for sure until it came out of his mouth. We were confident enough to have an article ready to go. Everybody sold Duke short, even their own fans.

  5. #25

    Kept Quiet

    I kept quiet while this was going on but can say that I am very pleased with Amile's decision. I think it will be good for him and for the team, a win/win situation. Depending on Andre's decision, we have a great need for a small forward to supplement where we are currently low on players. While he is thin right now, he will strengthen under the Duke physical training program and he has the physical tools to become a fine college player. Welcome to him and to his family.

  6. #26
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    Welcome and congratulations

    Welcome, Amile ! I think you and Duke are both going to benefit from this smart choice. You're going to help Duke achieve (and love the time you invest in the Duke experience) and K and the staff are going to help you develop and stand out!

    I see very good things ahead. And, frankly, I thought you would choose Duke because I've had the impression your intelligence makes you a good decision maker....an element of you that will prove valuable throughout your basketball future as well.

  7. #27
    Great news! Can't wait to see him out there.

  8. #28
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    I think it's funny how NCSU fans are overreacting. Was their top 5 class already not enough? And CJ Leslie coming back?

    Maybe they should focus on maintaining respectability rather than expecting it.

  9. #29
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    Congratulations to Amile and welcome to Duke! I've been quiet about his recruitment but now that he's in the family, I'm delighted to see him coming to Duke. He'll provide some depth at the 3/4 positions, and may well grow into a starting option at the 4 as an athletic stretch player giving us a tall, athletic combination at the 3/4 with Alex for the next couple seasons. Add that to Marshall in the low post and, regardless how the 2013 class shapes up, we'll have a nice front line.
    Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."

  10. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by FerryFor50 View Post
    I think it's funny how NCSU fans are overreacting. Was their top 5 class already not enough? And CJ Leslie coming back?

    Maybe they should focus on maintaining respectability rather than expecting it.

    Yeah, NC State is just fine. They got Rodney Purvis who is one of the best scorers in the country coming in to compliment CJ Leslie.

    A great pickup for us though! So happy to know we got our Lance Thomas clone in

  11. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by watzone View Post
    I started getting good vibes last evening and Jefferson never said a thing negative to Duke to my knowledge. We work the philly are sources when necessary. But nobody knew for sure until it came out of his mouth. We were confident enough to have an article ready to go. Everybody sold Duke short, even their own fans.
    Actually I knew it was a done deal when he mentioned Gene Banks in the article about the Philly tourney. That was a big indicator for me. He had done his research. He had done his DUKE research. I stopped posting after that article.

  12. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoCrazy84 View Post
    Yeah, NC State is just fine. They got Rodney Purvis who is one of the best scorers in the country coming in to compliment CJ Leslie.
    "Hey, C.J. nice play. Looking good."

    "Thanks, Rodney. I appreciate the compliment."

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    Only video I can found of the announcement. A lot clearer than the stream.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhTaBzwHoyQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtm001 View Post
    Only video I can found of the announcement. A lot clearer than the stream.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhTaBzwHoyQ
    well, the audio was clearer.

    nice to hear the very positive crowd reaction

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    "Hey, C.J. nice play. Looking good."

    "Thanks, Rodney. I appreciate the compliment."
    hahahahahahahahahaha!

    Sorry for a "pointless" post but I can't give you pitchforks right now and this gave me a laugh.

  16. #36
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    Excellent

    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    "Hey, C.J. nice play. Looking good."

    "Thanks, Rodney. I appreciate the compliment."
    That's like the old UNC running back interview, right? I'd give you a sport, but you're probably maxed out.

  17. #37
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    Welcome to Duke Amile. I hope this arrangement is mutually beneficial to both parties.

  18. #38

    Go duke

    Amile:

    Thanks for choosing Duke and we look forward to seeing you play in Cameron.

    Duke is a special place and you will be happy here.

    Let's get it done!!!!!!!!!!

  19. #39
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    His commitment certainly helps us, especially with his length. But it may be wise to be cautious with the expectations. As Dave Telep has mentioned, he is more of a complimentary player right now than an impact player. It may take him year or two before he becomes a regular rotation player. He doesn't appear to have a lot of explosiveness or bounce and the release on his jumper looks kind of slow, but you've got to love that 7-ft wingspan. Hopefully he finds full enjoyment at Duke and we have ourselves a very productive 4 year guy. The demeanor he has already exhibited is very encouraging.
    "Just be you. You is Enough."

  20. #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by jipops View Post
    His commitment certainly helps us, especially with his length. But it may be wise to be cautious with the expectations. As Dave Telep has mentioned, he is more of a complimentary player right now than an impact player. It may take him year or two before he becomes a regular rotation player. He doesn't appear to have a lot of explosiveness or bounce and the release on his jumper looks kind of slow, but you've got to love that 7-ft wingspan. Hopefully he finds full enjoyment at Duke and we have ourselves a very productive 4 year guy. The demeanor he has already exhibited is very encouraging.
    Folks, the word is complementary. Not complimentary.

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