Harrison Barnes Gets Big Looks

December 4, 2008

Being one of the best high school basketball players in the country is a progression, and when you are junior and you are a rising star, the scrutiny ramps up quickly as you head into your ‘rising senior AAU summer’.

Consider what’s going on with Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″,2010), who UNC and Duke are both recruiting (along with UCLA, Kansas, Kentucky and Florida), who recently had several big name coaches watching him play:

Kansas’ Bill Self, Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins and hometown hope Greg McDermott were in attendance. Barnes holds two dozen scholarship offers already.

Meanwhile, Justin Young has a nice writeup to help catch up on Derrick Favors and other Georgia related hoops.


Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton commit to Duke

September 13, 2008

Duke got verbal commitments over the weekend from two top recruits who were visiting.

Tyler Thornton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2010) and Josh Hairston (SF/PF, 6’8″, 2010) both committed to the Blue Devils and should see playing time for Coach K. Not sure if Tyler Thornton’s commitment will effect any other recruits’ decisions (such as Kenny Boynton), but maybe not since Boynton and Thornton are in two different high school classes.

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How Duke landed the Family Plumlee

September 10, 2008

The Duke Blue Devils were glad when they successfully recruited Mason Plumlee (PF/C, 6’11”, 2009), who was playing prep basketball in Arden, NC. However, they were able to also secure his older brother Miles after the elder Plumlee decided not to attend his original commitment at Stanford.

The story of how the move to NC helped the Blue Devils land the brothers is in this article by the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette:

“We have to pinch ourselves every now and then,” the boys’ father, Perky Plumlee, said Thursday. “They both had to work hard, and they have had to overcome some things. It makes us feel proud and blessed.”

I can’t help but wonder if Perky is Mr. Plumlee’s real name or a nickname. Can someone in the Duke fold let me know?


Kenny Boynton – Leaning Towards Florida?

September 8, 2008

It’s been common thinking (whatever that’s worth, I guess) that Kenny Boynton (PG/SG, 6’2″, 2009) is down to two choices, with those two being Duke and Florida. However, Alex has a long interview with Boynton in which he states that the most important factor is his relationship with the coach, and even though Duke is recruiting him the hardest, he currently has better relationships with other coaches:

NB: Which coaches would you say you have the best relationship with right now?
KB: I’m going to say . . . CY, [Assistant] Coach Charlton Young from Georgia Tech, [Head] Coach Billy Donovan [from Florida], and [Assistant] Coach [Russell] Springmann from Texas.

NB: So, that left Duke and Memphis out of the list. Does that [make] them maybe a little bit lower down?
KB: No, Duke actually comes at me the hardest when they [are] here, but I just feel like I have a better relationship with those coaches, but they definitely come at me the hardest.

Kenny says that this is not related to the time that Coach K spent coaching the Olympic team, but it does (from Alex’s interview alone) sound like he might (sorry, Kenny, if I’m reading too much into this) be laying some groundwork for choosing another school. However, that is pure speculation on my part.

It’s also interesting to note that Texas and Georgia Tech are mentioned, but that his relationships there are primarily with assistant coaches, while his relationship with Florida is with head coach Billy Donavon.

One thing is certain, Boynton is a great player who will be an asset regardless of where he ends up.

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Doron Lamb Dominates

August 26, 2008

Doron Lamb (SG,6’4″,2010) is impressive for not only being a good basketball player, he’s playing great basketball against players a year older than he is and holding his own. Despite the ragged nature of a Rucker Park event, Lamb looked like he could hang with the mostly older players at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 and he also dominated at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

Duke is in the mix for Lamb, who will be leaving the Big East dominated New York area to play his junior season for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, which is solidly in ACC country. Right now it seems that Lamb is leaning towards the big East, but perhaps some of the ACC teams will get a shot after he spends some time away from the Big East. Miami has also been mentioned as having interest in Lamb, and the list is only likely to grow after more schools get a look at him.


Brandon Knight Video

August 9, 2008

Okay, so Brandon Knight (PG/SG,6’3″,2010) is on a lot of college radars, and it’s not surprising if you’ve seen him play, especially his extremely accurate jumper in transition. He’s got offers from Duke and Florida (which sounds a lot like the battle for Kenny Boynton, Knight’s AAU teammate).

Here’s over five minutes of Brandon Knight video so you can see his silky smooth j for yourself:


Andre Dawkins commits to Duke

June 28, 2008

Duke has gotten back into the recruiting news with a commitment from Andre Dawkins (SG,6’5″,2009), from Chesapeake, VA. Maryland, Virginia Tech and Clemson had also offered Dawkins.

Dawkins has been a lifelong follower of the Duke Blue Devils and said he felt comfortable with them. Not surprisingly for Duke signee, Dawkins can shoot from deep.