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  1. #221
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    Cameron Hall was the first foreign-born player I can remember at Duke. He was from Ontario. Hall was 6-9 and a member of the same class as Jim Spanarkel, Harold Morrison, Steve Gray and Scott Goetsch. Hall was a promising prospect but had chronic back problems and dropped off the team in the middle of the 1977-'78 season, apparently lacking the powers of prognostication.

    I don't know what kind of swag that 1978 team got at the Final Four, but it could have been yours, Cameron Hall.

    Foster signed an Italian forward named Marco Bonamico. He was in the same class as Mike Gminski. But for reasons too complicated to explain here, he never showed up at Duke. Gminski told me once that he had never even met Bonamico. But Bonamico was good enough to play for Italy in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.

    And of course K signed Dan Meagher and Greg Newton, both of whom prepped in Canada.

    Christian Ast (Germany) is another non-American who played high-school ball in the U.S. before going to Duke.

  2. #222
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    Quote Originally Posted by freshmanjs View Post
    Bruce Pearl
    Yep, Pearl was on DBA's list that the Bay Area Fan's post was adding to.

  3. #223
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    Cameron Hall was the first foreign-born player I can remember at Duke. He was from Ontario. Hall was 6-9 and a member of the same class as Jim Spanarkel, Harold Morrison, Steve Gray and Scott Goetsch. Hall was a promising prospect but had chronic back problems and dropped off the team in the middle of the 1977-'78 season, apparently lacking the powers of prognostication.

    I don't know what kind of swag that 1978 team got at the Final Four, but it could have been yours, Cameron Hall.

    Foster signed an Italian forward named Marco Bonamico. He was in the same class as Mike Gminski. But for reasons too complicated to explain here, he never showed up at Duke. Gminski told me once that he had never even met Bonamico. But Bonamico was good enough to play for Italy in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.

    And of course K signed Dan Meagher and Greg Newton, both of whom prepped in Canada.

    Christian Ast (Germany) is another non-American who played high-school ball in the U.S. before going to Duke.
    Yeah, Newton was as far as I can remember the last foreign-trained player Duke successfully recruited under Coach K. And even then, he was from Canada just a half-hour North of Buffalo, so not that complicated a recruiting exercise. I don't think anyone else between Newton and White was foreign raised through high school. The intercontinental recruiting game appears to be something Coach K has only fairly recently dipped his toe into, and with minimal success (just Jack White).

  4. #224
    Quote Originally Posted by Bay Area Duke Fan View Post
    World Maccabiah Games are next year, July 2022.

    Other Jewish basketball coaches include Larry Brown, Josh Pastner, Ben Braun, Ed Holzman, Eddie Gottlieb, Nat Holman.
    Obviously not NY Area Duke Fan... RED Holzman..

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  5. #225
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilHorse View Post
    Obviously not NY Area Duke Fan... RED Holzman..

    Larry
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    Excuse me!

  6. #226
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDu View Post
    Yeah, Newton was as far as I can remember the last foreign-trained player Duke successfully recruited under Coach K. And even then, he was from Canada just a half-hour North of Buffalo, so not that complicated a recruiting exercise. I don't think anyone else between Newton and White was foreign raised through high school. The intercontinental recruiting game appears to be something Coach K has only fairly recently dipped his toe into, and with minimal success (just Jack White).
    Are guys from Ontario really foreign-trained? In the sense of someone from Poland or France?

  7. #227
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    Are guys from Ontario really foreign-trained? In the sense of someone from Poland or France?
    Not really, and that's kind of the point. We haven't really ventured into that market in the Coach K era. Only two prospects (one who went to Gonzaga instead) in the 40-year run of Coach K came from outside the continent.

  8. #228
    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    Are guys from Ontario really foreign-trained? In the sense of someone from Poland or France?
    I am from Ontario. US law firms may think that I am foreign trained - but for basketball, different story. And we do not play basketball bi-lingually in Ontario. All English - like the US.

  9. #229
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bay Area Duke Fan View Post
    World Maccabiah Games are next year, July 2022.

    Other Jewish basketball coaches include Larry Brown, Josh Pastner, Ben Braun, Ed Holzman, Eddie Gottlieb, Nat Holman.
    Assume you mean William (Red) Holzman of my Knicks. Oops...missed post 224.

  10. #230
    For those wondering, this is what Dariq Whitehead looks like a Duke jersey. He was on Duke's campus over the weekend for his first official visit. He is not committed according to his tweet but says that he had a great time.


  11. #231
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBenAkiva View Post
    He is not committed according to his tweet but says that he had a great time.
    Does any visiting recruit ever NOT say they had a great time on their official visit? That would be like someone receiving an offer and not tweeting that they were "blessed to receive" it.

  12. #232
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    Krzyzewski did recruit a Polish big man named Prezmek Karnowski a few years back. He went to--wait for it--Gonzaga.
    Oh, we all remember hum all too well. This is the guy that essentially almost single-handedly gift-wrapped another national championship for the Cheaters. Just seeing his name in your post gave me a bit of PTSD. Couldn't he have made ONE or TWO layups or put-backs within four feet of the freaking basket?!

    I need to go take some deep breaths. I will be ok...

  13. #233
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingdutchdevil View Post
    I don't buy this. Gonzaga is a solid 5 hours further by flight than Durham to Europe, which is the main recruiting hot bed for Gonzaga.
    You forget about the Arctic Circle. A few years ago, my parents flew to Reykjavik out of Seattle, and I flew there out of Boston. The flight times were roughly the same.

  14. #234
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGLC View Post
    You forget about the Arctic Circle. A few years ago, my parents flew to Reykjavik out of Seattle, and I flew there out of Boston. The flight times were roughly the same.
    You're saying Duke should spend more time recruiting Iceland?

  15. #235
    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    You're saying Duke should spend more time recruiting Iceland?
    Or fly a Great Circle route?

  16. #236
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    You're saying Duke should spend more time recruiting Iceland?
    Malheureusement as the French would say, Reykjavik is south of the arctic circle (unless they've come out with new globes)...so there goes THAT market...

  17. #237
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indoor66 View Post
    Or fly a Great Circle route?
    one of the things we did to ease boredom during the pandemic was to monitor flights on FlightTracker 24...amazing how many flights come over our home on the way to and from Europe, from Houston, Atlanta, DC, Newark, on and on...

  18. #238
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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    one of the things we did to ease boredom during the pandemic was to monitor flights on FlightTracker 24...amazing how many flights come over our home on the way to and from Europe, from Houston, Atlanta, DC, Newark, on and on...
    One of my first overseas flights was London to Los Angeles. After we left the British Isles we didn't encounter an obvious town or city until we got to CA -- Greenland, Hudson Bay, Prairie Provinces, Dakotas, Rockies, etc. A charming Mom on the flight, who was from New Zealand, wondered whether anyone lived in North America.
    Sage Grouse

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