Capel: We try to get players to make informed decisions

Posted April 23, 2014

Jabari Parker (1) during the finals of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum between the Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Cavaliers on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, NC. (Will Bratton/WRAL contributor)

Recently named Duke basketball associate head coach Jeff Capel told Mike Maniscalco and Mark Thomas on 620AM The Buzz Wednesday that the Blue Devils staff aims to give players accurate information ahead of their decision to stay or leave early for the NBA.

"With these kids now, especially the ones that are looked at as potential NBA players, there are a lot of people, and when I saw a lot, A LOT of people that try to get to them," said Capel. "And it’s a lot of people at times that may give them the wrong information. And the thing we try to do is get them accurate information."

Capel said with 40 years of college head coaching experience and his involvement with USA basketball, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is able to attain accurate information for his players. 

"So if they do decide to come out they understand the things they need to work on, they understand what people think of them right now, the things they need to work on to improve," said Capel. "So when that time comes that they are in front of people they can showcase their talent."

Capel has coached two of the most highly touted college players, current Clippers star Blake Griffin and Duke's Jabari Parker. Griffin left Oklahoma after his sophomore year, averaging 24 points and 14 rebounds a game. Parker has declared for the NBA draft after his freshman year, averaging 19 points and nine rebounds a game.

"Jabari is a better natural scorer than Blake. Jabari is probably the most talented and gifted offensive player that I’ve been around. And I think that will translate very well to the next level and he will continue to get better," said Capel. "I find it fascinating when people say that he doesn’t have a high ceiling, I actually think that’s the farthest thing from the truth. I think he’s just starting to scratch the surface of how good he will be."

[Jabari and Blake are] both equally and incredibly talented and they’re both incredible kids, incredible guys. Very unique when you have that talent, that skill set, the passion and desire to be really good and then they’re really good guys – you don’t find that very often."

Not only do college coaches have to deal with players leaving early, they have to deal with players leaving for another school – something that Capel has had a lot of experience with.

"I think when you’re dealing with high-major kids and high-major recruiting all of the guys think they’re going to be pros. And so they don’t want to be patient and they don’t understand that," said Capel. "If they come to a place and they’re not playing right away or getting the kind of minutes they think they should get, there’s someone in their ear telling them to leave or you have to leave."

It’s the culture it’s the way it is right now. People don’t want to be patient. The days of a kid sticking it out, fighting through it, learning, understanding and then by the time he’s a junior or senior really figuring this thing out and being a really good program guy and having a chance to be pro. Those days for the most part have passed. It is a problem and I don’t know how it can be fixed."




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  • vt94hokies Apr 23, 2014

    Nice article. Wishing Capel the best.

  • raleighboy524 Apr 23, 2014

    totally LOL!

  • Objective Scientist Apr 23, 2014

    It is amazing... there are typically 12-13 guys on a college basketball team. Of all NCAA D-1 schools, 340 something, most do not have the challenge of players leaving early for the NBA. But for those few who have the challenge of one and done players, or two and done, or even some who stay/play for four years... it seems all head coaches and their staff provide "career counseling" in a truly individualized fashion that far FAR exceeds that of virtually any other college student... even though they are often not leaving with a degree in hand! How many hours of time, and associated costs, do head coaches and their assistants spend on gathering information - how high or low is a player likely to be drafted and by whom, what other players will be drafted this year, etc. - for even a one and doner? No other student in any University could even hope to have such support from the University when seeking a job! And peopole think college athletes should be paid?

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