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.


Ryan Kelly and John Wall are Superbad; Thornton commits

November 10, 2008

The Raleigh News&Observer is gushing over the fact that high school basketball in Raleigh this winter will have two major superstars, Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009, Duke), and John Wall (PG, 6’4″, 2009, uncommitted) playing their senior seasons in town this season:

There have been players like John Wall before and players like Ryan Kelly before — but never have there been two that good, among the absolute best in the country, at the same time.

Kelly is going to shock some people when they see him play in the ACC, especially if he continues to improve at the rate he has in the past. Wall still is one of the biggest prizes that colleges are still after, so no telling at this point what’s going to happen with him.

Marcus Thornton

There’s no doubt any longer about forward Marcus Thornton (PF,6’7″,2010), who has decided to play for the Clemson Tigers. Thornton had other ACC offers from Wake Forest, Virgina Tech and Maryland, and although he’s listed as a combo forward on several sites,I think he’s a pure post player at this point. He’s a guy who understands how to play in the paint.


Ryan Kelly Picks Duke

October 9, 2008

Duke basketball secured a big prize in the class of 2009 by getting a commitment from Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009).

Kelly made his announcement along with Jordan Hamilton (SF, 6’7″, 2009), who chose Texas, on ESPNU’s Recruiting Insider.

Kelly has a nice game, a great running jumper and a very fluid offensive prowess. He’s worked very hard and moved from a relative unknown into a player who player on the U-17 USA basketball roster over the summer and a highly sought after prospect. A big win for the Blue Devils.

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Duke offers Ryan Kelly

September 4, 2008

It’s probably more surprising that this didn’t already happen, but Duke has officially offered Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009), a big man who will probably be a great four year player.

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Ryan Kelly Relaxes; Clemson gets Hill

August 10, 2008

Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009) has played a lot of ball recently, so he’s relaxing at the beach as he mulls over his eventual college destination.

As we discussed previsouly, Kelly recently trimmed his list:

Last week, Kelly trimmed his list of potential colleges to six.

The finalists are (in no particular order, he stressed): North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.

“They are all great academic institutions, and I believe I would fit in well at any of them whether I was playing athletics or not,” Kelly said.

Kelly has really come on over the past few months into a player with a shot at a pro career. I am not sure which school Kelly would fit into the best.

Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris (PF,6’8″,2010) Has so many offers that it would be unfair to say that he’s primarily an ACC target, but with offers reported from Maryland, Virginia, Wake and Miami, it’s safe to say he’s on the ACC radar.

Clemson gets commit from Donte Hill

Donte Hill (SG, 6’5″, 2009) has committed to the Clemson Tigers. Hill is listed as a SG on several sites but at this point plays more like a SF. Several places list him at SG because his height is listed between 6’3″ and 6’5″, so the ‘formula’ would seem to dictate that if he’s 6’3″, he’ll play SG and if he’s 6’5″, he’ll play SF.

Right now, I’d say he’s a SF, but he still has another year to go to develop his guard skills. He can handle the ball very well, especially in transition.


Videos: Dexter Strickland, John Wall, Ryan Kelly

July 31, 2008

So you haven’t seen much Dexter Strickland (SG, 6’3″, 2009) this summer? Here’s some video of the UNC commit:

If you’ve been hearing all the hype about John Wall (PG, 6’4″, 2009) and wondered what all the fuss is about, here is some video footage that includes several other players, one of which is ACC target Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009). Kelly has a running jumper that is just sick with, dare I say it, machine-like precision. This video also has a bit of nice footage of Wake Forest commit J.T. Terrell (SG, 6’3″, 2010).

Matt Vogrich with Wake Forest offer

We’re adding Matt Vogrich (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2009) to our list of ACC Targets, as he has an offer from Wake Forest.


Plumlee, Wear play well in Argentina

July 16, 2008

I haven’t mentioned the U-18 USA Basketball team results, but there are several ACC targets who made the roster and are playing in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship right now in Argentina. Mentioned in the blurb below from the Winston-Salem Journal, Duke commit Mason Plumlee (PF, 6’11”, 2009) continues to look good and UNC commit Travis Wear has gotten in on the action:

The USA Basketball men’s U 18 National Team (2-0) took control early and ran away with a 115-51 victory over the Bahamas (0-2) yesterday afternoon at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Formosa, Argentina. For the second game in a row, Travis Wear, who has committed to North Carolina, scored 15 points to lead the USA.

The U.S. took the lead 1:30 into the game; all 12 players scored. Mason Plumlee of Arden scored 14 points and had 14 rebounds.

In its tournament opener Monday, the United States defeated Venezuela 82-73. Wear led the U.S. with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Raleigh Ravenscroft’s Ryan Kelly added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009) is a guy who several ACC teams are competing for as well, but what is really intriguing is that in addition to UNC, NC State and Wake Forest, Kelly lists Davidson. Davidson’s coach Bob McKillop is coaching the U-18 team right now and certainly is getting a lot of time with Kelly. The other point is that although Davidson has been a competitive program under McKillop, getting more big recruits will keep them in the national scene.

The Al Woods Show

I had a blast talking with Al Woods during his show yesterday, and I appreciate him having me on. We talked about the site, Brandon Jennings, and several other things basketball-related. If you want to hear the show, click the link below and listen to the show for July 15, 2008. I am on in the first segment.