Michael Gbinije Commits To Duke (with Video)

March 12, 2010

Duke has landed Michael Gbinije (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2011), out of Richmond, VA. Gbinije is a fluid player with some offensive flash, a forward who can handle the ball well enough to get to the hoop and plays well in the open court. He can also shoot from outside the perimeter, which makes defenders vulnerable to his ability to put the ball on the floor and slash to the hoop.

Duke and UNC were both competing for Gbinijie, but he has said in the past that UNC was already heavy with players at his position. In the end, he decided to play his college ball for the Blue Devils.

Here’s some video of Gbinije:

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Kelly and Plumlee Sign With Duke

November 19, 2008

Even though it’s not as common for basketball recruits to back out of their commitments as high school football players, coaches still breathe a little easier once their prized recruits actually turn in their letter of intent.

Duke got two of it’s commits when two big men, Ryan Kelly (6’10”, PF, 2009) and Mason Plumlee (6’11”,PF, 2009), signed the LOI’s and Duke was able to officially announce them as future Blue Devils.

Duke fans are hoping that the lack of inside play will be helped by the additions of Kelly and Plumlee next season.

Meanwhile, UNC Asheville got a commit from Jaron Lane (SF, 6’4″, 2009), from Greenville, NC.


Duke is Recruiting John Wall

November 18, 2008

So maybe it’s something that nobody thought would happen, but Duke is recruiting top point guard John Wall.

Since NC State has been recruiting Wall for some time, who knows if Duke even has a chance to get involved? But it seems that Wall has shown at least a little interest. Duke going after Wall is either:

1. a sign that they feel they will need a point guard next season (with rumors that Nolan Smith might want to try to turn pro) after losing the recruiting battle for Kenny Boynton to Florida.

2. John Wall’s attitude may have changed, and possible the ‘factors’ that have been, up until now, keeping Duke and UNC away from Wall are losing potency.

I guess time will tell.


Duke Basketball Tickets

November 11, 2008

Gerald Henderson Duke Basketball Tickets

For those Duke fans who have been waiting for the season to tip off, what’s better than seeing Duke play full court K-style basketball in hi-def television?

Why, seeing it in person, of course (either at legendary Camaron Indoor or anywhere else). Thus, the Duke faithful can browse the schedule and pick the specific game you want to see in person:

Duke Basketball Tickets – Click Here

Of course, big games are the Febuary 11 UNC-Duke matchup (a small annual affair for Tar Heel and Blue Devil fans) as well as Maryland and Wake Forest. Gerald Henderson should have a monster season, Kyle Singler has bulked up and Nolan Smith is coming into his own. Duke has several away games that could be great games, so if you are a Duke fan and live near another ACC school, be sure to check out the schedule, because you can often get great deals on those games.

Did Coach K pick up anything during his stint with the U.S. Olympic team during their tear through China on the way to getting gold medals? Will he try something new after working with Jason Kidd and Chris Paul? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure: it’s never a dull moment at Camaron Indoor.

image courtesy Sports Illustrated


Kenny Boynton and the big game

October 11, 2008

Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009), being heavily pursued by Duke and Georgia Tech, will have to be ready to play on bigger stages than ever before, more often than ever before, if he decides to come to the ACC, with a rabid fanbase and almost all games televised.

Boynton seems to be the type of player who would thrive in this environment, as evidenced in this story from the Miami Herald:

“I look forward to the big show,” said Boynton, who averaged a state-best 34.5 points as a Parade All-American a year ago. “I always want to put on a bigger performance so I could give fans their money’s worth and they could come back to watch me.”

John Henson and his sister

Meanwhile, UNC commit John Henson (SF, 6’10”, 2009) has relocated to the same state as Boynton, and ESPN has an article about Henson and his sister, Amber, who is also a solid basketball player, thinks that some of the attention she gets is because of her brother:

Amber says she doesn’t mind playing in her brother’s shadow. She thinks name recognition helped her.

“Now he’s doing his own thing and I am doing my own thing,” Amber said. “I kind of like it because his name’s out there and people [say] ‘That’s his sister; she must be good, too.’ Then I kind of get my shine.”

Maryland in in with 2009 big man

Oh, and Maryland is in the final two for big man Jordan Williams (PF, 6’10”, 2009), in competition with St. John’s.


ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup, Volume 3

September 2, 2008

So, a lull in the action for the ACC over the past couple of weeks as several other conferences got some commitments, and now we’re right back into the fray.

Dominic Cheek at Rucker

Here’s some highlight video from Rucker Park of Dominic Cheek; the ragged basketball of this game isn’t something to brag about, but enjoy the clip:

Josh Smith gets interest from UNC

Duke has been recruiting big man Josh Smith(PF/C, 6’9″, 2010) for some time, battling west coast programs UCLA, Washington and Arizona, and some think UCLA is the current team to beat. Smith has a long list of potential colleges, including all of the aforementioned programs plus Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Gonzaga, Syracuse,Texas, UConn and Tennessee.

Well, add UNC to that list, according to Scout:

At this point, UNC’s interest seems to be in the beginning stages and the Tar Heels are just starting to form a relationship with the talented big man.

In a time where so many players of his height who come out of high school wanting to play the small forward spot, 2010’s Josh Smith is all big man, a shot blocker, presence and lane scorer, although in limited action I’ve seen him play mostly below the rim, getting timing rebounds and garbage buckets. Fans should not confuse him with the former high school phenom of the same height and same name who now resides in the NBA as a human catapult, although as a pure big man it will be interesting to see how the new high school phenom (Josh Smith 2.0?) develops.

Brandon Knight

A player who looked surprisingly good in a bad game at Rucker Park was Brandon Knight (PG/SG, 6’3″, 2010), AAU teammate of Kenny Boynton(PG/SG, 6’2″ ,2009) and fellow Duke target. Alex has an interview with Mr. Knight, where he talks about his playing time for Team Breakdown, and where he reveals that he has offers from Wake Forest and Miami (scoop!):

NB: Who do you already have offers from?
BK: [There are] a [few] schools, I’m not sure, I’m thinking of Wake Forest, Miami, . . . Syracuse maybe. . . . That’s a [few]. I’m not sure; I don’t really talk to them like that. My dad really does the talking for me.

Brandon also talks about the possibility of going to college with Boynton.

Scott, Harris make visits to U of L

Durand Scott (SG,6’4″, 2009) and Tobias Harris (PF,6’8″, 2010) continue to make the rounds on their recruiting visits, with both visiting during the Louisville – Kentucky football game

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