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  1. #1
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    Just for Fun: Duke Recruiting by Geography

    I was thinking recently about the incredible success Duke has had recruiting all over the map in the Coach K era and it got me to thinking: From how many of the 50 states has K successfully recruited players to Duke? So I started making a list off the top of my head. No fun to just look it up. But who have I missed? Help me out and let's see who else belongs on this list and how many states we've gotten players from in the K era. I count 29 states, which is amazing. Who/where have I missed? (don't cheat!)

    Alabama:
    Alaska: Langdon, Boozer
    Arizona: Alarie
    Arkanasas:
    California: Bilas, Parks, Meek, Burgess, Nelson, Boykin, T King
    Colorado: Jay Bryan (can't believe I remembered him)
    Connecticut: McClure
    Delaware: Boateng
    D.C.: Dawkins
    Florida:
    Georgia: Avery
    Hawaii:
    Idaho:
    Illinois: Weldon Williams, Collins, Phil Henderson, Maggette, Scheyer
    Indiana: McRoberts
    Iowa:
    Kansas:
    Kentucky:
    Louisiana: Duhon
    Maine:
    Maryland: John Smith, Ferry, Wojo, Nate James, Brian Davis, Nolan
    Massachusetts:
    Michigan: Battier
    Minnesota: Todd Anderson, Horvath
    Mississippi:
    Missouri: C-Well
    Montana:
    Nebraska: Jackman
    Nevada: Czyz
    New Hampshire:
    New Jersey: Alaa, Hurley, J Williams, Lance Thomas, Zoubek
    New Mexico: Domzalski
    New York: Laettner, Brand, Paulus
    North Carolina: too many to name, including D Henderson, Shav, Brickey
    North Dakota:
    Ohio: Nessley
    Oklahoma: Shelden Williams
    Oregon: Dunleavy, Singler
    Pennsylvania: Gerald Henderson
    Rhode Island:
    South Carolina:
    South Dakota:
    Tennessee: Elliot Williams
    Texas: Thomas Hill, Ewing
    Utah:
    Vermont:
    Virginia: many, including Grant Hill, Amaker, JJ
    Washington: Snyder
    West Virginia:
    Wisconsin:
    Wyoming:

    Pretty amazing. I'm sure I've forgotten many. Have we really not gotten anyone from Florida? One guy from Ohio? One guy from Pennsylvania? Big states with lots of ballers. Surprising we haven't hit there more often. But still an incredibly wide geographic net we've cast over the years.

  2. #2
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    at least one from FL

    Casey Sanders was from Tampa, Florida I believe

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    Don't forget Darius Nelson brother of Markie a 15 year old 6"6 Freshman at Sheldon High who is averaging 20 ppg and 9 rpg and can shoot the three. Class of 2011. A side note my 3 and one year old have Division I type knowledge of the Diamond and One Defense and can roll out a wicked 3 man weave in the living room with me. Class of 2022 and 2024 respectively. The first sentence is factual.

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    How could you forget the great state of Arkansas, home to Patrick and Jordan Davidson! Do they count since both are walk-ons?

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    You bet they do!

  6. #6
    Tony Lang is from Mobile, Alabama, and Casey Sanders is from Tampa, Florida. (In fact, my daughter and a couple of her friends ran into Casey at MacDinton's Irish Pub here in Tampa last Friday night before Gasparilla Day.)

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    Carmen Wallace was also from Delaware.
    The only thing worse than getting older is the alternative.

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    Kentucky: Vince Taylor (Lexington, KY), Andre Buckner (Hopkinsville, KY)

    Massachussets: Matt Christensen (Belmont, MA), Joe Pagliuca (Weston, MA)

    Connecticut: Mike Gminski (Monroe, CT)

    Pennsylvania: Gene Banks

  9. #9
    What about former Duke walk-on great Mark Causey? He was a Georgia native.

  10. #10
    Also, is there any upcoming talent in Alaska? We own that area.

  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madrasdukie View Post
    Pennsylvania: Gene Banks
    Coach K did not recruit Gene Banks.
    Bob Green
    United States Navy (Retired)
    @JBobGreen

  12. #12
    Pennsylvania- Lee Melchionni.

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    Sorry, but the G-man and Tinkerbell were before K. Banks and Kenny Dennard did play their senior season for K.

    This is my 500th post. I must have really slowed down.

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    fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarhead View Post
    Sorry, but the G-man and Tinkerbell were before K. Banks and Kenny Dennard did play their senior season for K.

    This is my 500th post. I must have really slowed down.
    Did you notice your new status with #500? Congratulations!

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    Thanks. I'm so proud.

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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Madrasdukie View Post
    Kentucky: Vince Taylor (Lexington, KY), Andre Buckner (Hopkinsville, KY)

    Massachussets: Matt Christensen (Belmont, MA), Joe Pagliuca (Weston, MA)

    Connecticut: Mike Gminski (Monroe, CT)

    Pennsylvania: Gene Banks
    Coach K did not recruit Vince Taylor.

    ALSO, in the original post, the state is spelled ARKANSAS.

    Cheers,
    Lavabe

  17. #17
    Not in the 50 states, but Canada's Dan Meagher and Greg Newton. Also, Tom Emma (NY), Greg Koubek (NY), Chip Engelland (CA), Billy McCaffrey (PA), Doug McNeely (TX), and Jim Suddath (GA).

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    PA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben63 View Post
    Pennsylvania- Lee Melchionni.
    and Jack Marin

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    Marty Clark, Joe Cook -- Illinois

    Kenny Blakeney, Christian Ast -- Maryland (I'm not sure about Clay Buckley; I know his brother went to Blandensburg High in Md., as did Brian Davis)

    Ricky Price -- California

    Mike Chappel -- Michigan

    Filling in Va. -- Palmer, Beard, King

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpc View Post
    Casey Sanders was from Tampa, Florida I believe
    He was. Good one.

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