View Poll Results: Who should be the final 4 favorite Dukies to move on in our poll (multil-choice)?

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  • Bob Verga

    51 47.66%
  • Carroll Youngkin

    2 1.87%
  • Corey Maggette

    6 5.61%
  • Demarcus Nelson

    20 18.69%
  • Gerald Henderson

    12 11.21%
  • Jason Williams

    99 92.52%
  • Johnny Frye

    2 1.87%
  • Luol Deng

    36 33.64%
  • Nate James

    62 57.94%
  • Ricky Price

    8 7.48%
  • Jim Spanarkel

    69 64.49%
  • William Avery

    7 6.54%
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  1. #1
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    Favorite Player Poll #8 of 8 (Multiple choice poll)

    Last of the preliminary round polls!!!!

    If you are not familliar by now, see the Ultimate Fan Poll thread at the top of the boards.

    Vote early, vote often!

    -Jason

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    Bob Verga averaged 22 ppg from 1965-67. Vote for Bob!
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    I will probably be the only one, but I gave a sentimental vote to Ricky Price. So much potential, and whenever he made a great play Dickie V would scream "Ricky Price, where have you BEEN!!!" I think he had some confidence issues. Great upside coming out of HS, but never translated to the collegiate level. Don't think it was for lack of effort, just a mental thing, IMO. And he did hit a buzzer beater once, (forgot who it was against), so he did have his 15 minutes. Plus, I hated watching him ride the pine his senior year. Probably should have redshirted given all the talent. But he accepted his role as benchwarmer (sort of like me) and cheered the team on with gusto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastwind View Post
    Probably should have redshirted
    I guess he already had. He was at Duke from '94 to '99. I was very unhappy not to see him get off the bench, and James and Burgess barely get any time, in the championship game in '99. If I could vote again I'd give him one, for the reasons you mentioned. He was supposed to be a mega-star for Duke, and seemed to handle his disappointment well. Last second shot was against the Terps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastwind View Post
    And he did hit a buzzer beater once, (forgot who it was against), so he did have his 15 minutes.
    Maryland, sophomore year. Fun Fact -- Price's dad was an original DBR poster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkbaseball View Post
    I guess he already had. He was at Duke from '94 to '99. I was very unhappy not to see him get off the bench, and James and Burgess barely get any time, in the championship game in '99. If I could vote again I'd give him one, for the reasons you mentioned. He was supposed to be a mega-star for Duke, and seemed to handle his disappointment well. Last second shot was against the Terps?
    Price's last year was 1997-98, not 1998-99. Unfortunately for Ricky, he was academically inelligible for the first semester as a senior. That 1997-98 team was one of Duke's deepest, particuarly on the perimeter (Wojo, Langdon, Carrawell, Chappell, Avery -- and Nate James was redshirting). By the time Price returned, it was tough for him to get back into the rotation. He played 21 games, average 8 minutes and 2.7 points and didn't even get into Duke's last three tournament games. It was a sad conclusion to a career that had looked so promising after his sophomore season.

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    Ricky's ability to elevate on his sto-and-pop jumper was freaky. He had almost unlimited potential.

    That last-second victory over Maryland was not his only moment to shine. He had some huge ACC games as a soph in 1996, the year Duke began to rise back from the 1995 disaster. I recall him scoring something like 30 points in a late-season game against Virginia and he had a big game against UNC at the end of the year, only to barely miss the last-second jumper that could have won the game.

    In the wake of that soph season, he appeared to be on the verge of a truly legendary career. There are not many sophs who average more than 14 ppg and the ones who do almost always go on to be All-America calliber players. But it never happened for Ricky. His scoring tumbled to just 9 ppg as a junior and he simply was not hitting shots the way he used to. His 3-point percentage fell from almost 40% as a soph to 29% as a junior. Then the cheating scandal happened (in Computer Science, if memory serves) and his career was done. As others have said, to his credit, he never complained or made trouble for Duke even as his pro aspirations fell from NBA-lottery pick to maybe-I-can-earn-money-in-Slovenia. A good kid, for sure.

    So sad. If you'd asked me in 1996, I would have guaranteed that Ricky Price would someday be among my al-time favorite Dukies. But it was not to be and the academic scandal really puts a capper on my decision not to vote for him in this poll.

    --Jason "this final group is fairly weak, IMO, I've got three I like but am not sure I am even going to vote for a 4th" Evans

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    I guess the one-year thing is really holding him back, but I hope Luol Deng gets more support. Kid was nothing but class and had work. If his family had let him stick around even one more year, I think he'd be getting 75%+ of the vote. his reasons for leaving were noble too and he has done nothing but continue to show himself as a fine person with his stellar play in the pros (my hatred for the Hawks management can direclty be traced to their decision to take Josh Childress over Luol Deng in the draft).

    Luol is one of my all-time faves, for sure!

    --Jason "I guess it is hard to vote for a kid who was only here one year" Evans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumbo View Post
    Price's last year was 1997-98, not 1998-99.
    It appears you're right, and I've really got to start paying closer attention. I worked myself into a pretty good tizzy during the '99 championship game that a 5th year senior who'd had great potential couldn't get into the game. Guess this explains it. Another count in my indictment of K for not playing his bench demolished by Jumbo.

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    Thanks to Jumbo and Jason for the good history lesson regarding Ricky Price. I knew he was academically ineligible the first semester of his senior season, but didn't know about the cheating scandal. I'm guessing the two were connected somehow? (Didn't discover the BBS until late in the '98 season, although I was reading the Headlines since '97 and the "Ping's Take" era.) Hope he's doing well with his Duke degree wherever he is.

    You're probably right about Deng, Jason. I considered voting for him, and probably would have if he had played two seasons. Even though his Dad more or less made the decision for him to go pro after one season, still... as a fan I didn't really get the chance to fully "connect" and watch him grow as a Duke player, especially the usual significant improvement which talented players make from frosh to soph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastwind View Post
    You're probably right about Deng, Jason. I considered voting for him, and probably would have if he had played two seasons. Even though his Dad more or less made the decision for him to go pro after one season, still... as a fan I didn't really get the chance to fully "connect" and watch him grow as a Duke player, especially the usual significant improvement which talented players make from frosh to soph.
    When I looked at this group, I thought Deng was a virtual given to make it through to the round of 32. To me, he is almost a no-brainer. Heck, I figured he would be "ranked" somewhere in the mid-20s.

    So, I am more than a little surprised that it appears he will not even advance and may finish like 6th in this poll.

    --Jason "that whole, only-played-one-year thing is really a big deal, I guess" Evans

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    When I looked at this group, I thought Deng was a virtual given to make it through to the round of 32. To me, he is almost a no-brainer. Heck, I figured he would be "ranked" somewhere in the mid-20s.

    So, I am more than a little surprised that it appears he will not even advance and may finish like 6th in this poll.

    --Jason "that whole, only-played-one-year thing is really a big deal, I guess" Evans
    As good a person as Luol is, it's hard to go up against Nate. (After all, Nate's a bada**!) Or Jimmy. Or Bob. Or Jason. Tough competition.

    -jk

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    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    As good a person as Luol is, it's hard to go up against Nate. (After all, Nate's a bada**!) Or Jimmy. Or Bob. Or Jason. Tough competition.

    -jk
    I'm thrilled that my man Jim Spanarkel is doing so well in the poll - a solid third place showing behind Jason and Verga!
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    I voted for Jason and Nate, and Nate was kinda marginal I guess. Very much a role player, although very clutch.

    Verga and Spanarkel are obviously huge names at Duke, but V was way before my time and I wasn't paying much attention when S was playing. The one guy I from that era who made an impression on me despite not following the team very much was Giminski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mapei View Post
    I voted for Jason and Nate, and Nate was kinda marginal I guess. Very much a role player, although very clutch.

    Verga and Spanarkel are obviously huge names at Duke, but V was way before my time and I wasn't paying much attention when S was playing. The one guy I from that era who made an impression on me despite not following the team very much was Giminski.
    Nate, Shane, and Chris Carrawell all became favorites of mine for what they did after the '99 season. For that act alone, Nate would have earned my vote. But in addition, Nate was a great team player. Clutch shooter and rebounder, tough defender. And to cap it off, as a senior captain, he happily went to the bench to let freshman Chris Duhon start in order to implement K's post-Boozer injury strategy. It worked, we won 10 games in a row, and Nate got a ring.

    Oh, and Nate was a badI'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this..
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    I used to watch Verga score 30+ in the summer Jersey Shore league when I was back in NJ, before I started following Duke - and Spanarkel was a Jersey High School favorite before then too....

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    I am going to close this poll now. There may be room for more folks to vote, but we are over 100 votes and it would take a deluge of Deng votes from folks who then did not also vote for Bob Verga to really change anything in this poll. I just don't see that happening so we are going to wrap up the preliminary round and move on to the one-on-one matchups!!

    --Jason "thanks everybody... now comes the really tough choices!!" Evans

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