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  1. #841
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBenAkiva View Post
    A couple of notes on official visits for this fall.

    Henry Coleman will be on campus the weekend of August 31st (courtesy of Ball Durham)
    Mark Williams will be on campus November 1st (247Sports)

    Walker Kessler has also stated that he will take an official visit to Duke this fall, although I do not see a date set as of yet. Kessler has previously stated his intent to commit before the end of the year.
    I assume we will hear more soon about other top Duke targets, including Zaire Williams and DJ Steward.
    Updating this with the Kessler news now that we know his official visit date will be September 6th. Before visiting Duke, Kessler will be going to Michigan at the end of August. After Duke, the big man visits UNC (9/20-22) and then Gonzaga (10/4-6).

    Based on the official visits, it seems like Kessler could commit before November.

  2. #842
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBenAkiva View Post
    Updating this with the Kessler news now that we know his official visit date will be September 6th. Before visiting Duke, Kessler will be going to Michigan at the end of August. After Duke, the big man visits UNC (9/20-22) and then Gonzaga (10/4-6).

    Based on the official visits, it seems like Kessler could commit before November.
    Based on the official visits, it seems like Kessler could commit before 9/20. Why go through that scheduled miserable weekend.

  3. #843
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    Quote Originally Posted by arnie View Post
    But the NBA and players union havenít agreed to changes in draft rules in 2022; correct? If this thing gets delayed or voted down, that draft could be skinny if other stars reclassify to avoid. Doubt thatís why heís doing this, but could work out well. I donít think Silver has control over the situation.
    Yeah, itís definitely not a done deal that the age minimum is going away in 2022, and the closer we get to that date without a decision being made, the less likely it seems that will happen. And while reclassifying might mean you avoid the double draft, it also means youíre a year younger when facing college level competition and thus more likely to struggle.

  4. #844
    Quote Originally Posted by UrinalCake View Post
    Yeah, it’s definitely not a done deal that the age minimum is going away in 2022, and the closer we get to that date without a decision being made, the less likely it seems that will happen. And while reclassifying might mean you avoid the double draft, it also means you’re a year younger when facing college level competition and thus more likely to struggle.
    The NBA CBA (collective bargaining agreement) runs thru the 23-24 season, but either side can opt out of the CBA after the 22-23 season.

    Basically if the OAD discussion doesn't gain traction and reach resolution soon, it'll be very tempting to just roll the OAD change (if it even happens) into the negotiations for the next CBA after expiration of the current one.

  5. #845
    Quote Originally Posted by 907bluedevils View Post
    Eric Bossi on rivals mentions Duke has been more recently in contact with 5* and fellow Alaskan Daishen Nix. Sounds like one of the better passers in the nation.

    https://basketballrecruiting.rivals...n-nix-j-t-thor
    Duke did not make his top 5. Don't think he was any type of a priority.

  6. #846
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    Quote Originally Posted by 907bluedevils View Post
    Eric Bossi on rivals mentions Duke has been more recently in contact with 5* and fellow Alaskan Daishen Nix. Sounds like one of the better passers in the nation.

    https://basketballrecruiting.rivals...n-nix-j-t-thor
    UCLA says hi!

  7. #847
    ESPN has updated their rankings post-summer.

    Commits:

    Johnson at #4
    Roach at #14

    Targets:

    Ziaire Williams #5
    Walker Kessler #13
    DJ Steward #25
    Mark Williams #29
    Hunter Dickinson #35
    Henry Coleman III #41


    http://www.espn.com/college-sports/b...ank/class/2020

  8. #848
    Quote Originally Posted by 907bluedevils View Post
    ESPN has updated their rankings post-summer.

    Commits:

    Johnson at #4
    Roach at #14

    Targets:

    Ziaire Williams #5
    Walker Kessler #13
    DJ Steward #25
    Mark Williams #29
    Hunter Dickinson #35
    Henry Coleman III #41


    http://www.espn.com/college-sports/b...ank/class/2020
    Has Duke offered Dickinson?

    Crazy to think that the Blue Devils might end up with 7 of these players. That would be a very good and deep class with a mix of one-and-done (Johnson, Z. Williams, and Kessler) and multi-year players.

  9. #849
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    Also kind of crazy that Roach has moved up despite not playing while he recovers from injury.

  10. #850
    New 247sports rankings (this is 247sport's staff rankings-- NOT THEIR COMPOSITE RANKINGS when they factor in rivals, espn, etc...)

    DUKE TARGETS/COMMITS
    #5 Zaire Williams - UP 1 spot
    #7 Jalen Johnson - No change
    #8 Scottie Barnes - DOWN 2 spots
    #12 Walker Kessler - No Change
    #18 Jeremy Roach- DOWN 2 spots
    #25 DJ Steward - UP 5 spots
    #28 Mark Williams - UP 6 spots
    #36 Henry Coleman - DOWN 4 spots

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    5-star Mark Williams has now added Michigan to his final list of schools, bringing the latest list to:
    Duke, UCLA, VaTech, Stanford, GTown, tOSU, and Michigan.
    Haters gonna hate.

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