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  • rushbot May 25, 12:10 p.m.
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    The Deseret News is reporting Frank Jackson has just undergone surgery for a "stress reaction" in his right foot. This will leave Jackson sidelined wherever he winds up until July. The injury is supposed to have occurred while Jackson was playing at Duke, but he John Wayned it and played through the pain.

  • rushbot May 18, 3:04 p.m.
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    Mohamed Bamba is joinin Shaka at Texas. This goes to prove what I have said. The Blue Devils need to hire Brad Stevens, get him hooked up with USA Basketball and start getting all the youngsters they want.

  • rushbot May 16, 9:37 p.m.
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    Kentucky has PJ Washington, the number 3 PF recruit in 2017. They also have Jarred Vanderbuilt, the # 4 PF recruit in 2017. They have Wenyen Gabrie, last year's number 4 PF. Bamba is this years #2 PF recruit, so that would be a lot of PFs seeking minutes. And Nick Richards, the 2017 #3 C will also be looking to play. Knox says he wants to play SG, Nobody knows if Hamidou Diallo will return to the Wildcats as a SG. Kentucky does not have the best PG corps, so maybe Calipai will have some sort of point/shooting guard player to play with all of his bigs. Meanwhile at Duke, Bolden, Carter and Tucker are all highly touted bigs lookin to play...and share minutes with Duval, Allen, and Trent who all can flat out score. Maybe Bamba will wind up at Texas with Shaka. Or maybe he recognizes the value of a Duke Diploma. You could be right, I could be right, lots of others could be right!

  • 903 Hanging it up win or lose May 16, 8:29 p.m.

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    ...but even the UK recruiting gurus admit that they've had no communication with Bamba and therefore aren't confident in any of their predictions... Bamba's supposedly a true student and would not be surprised if K pulls some magic and gets him to come to Duke...

  • rushbot May 16, 5:44 p.m.
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    Several articles saying Calipari smugly stating he has one more big piece to his recruiting class, implying it will be Mohamed Bamba. Texas is supposed to be in second place based upon Shaka Smart's coaching of Bamba on the US U-18 team. Duke is supposed to be out of the running now as is Michigan.

  • rushbot May 15, 1:39 p.m.
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    Trevon Duval committed to the Blue Devils about 3 hours ago this morning. Duval pushing the ball up the middle, dishing to SGs Trent and Allen, Bigs will be Carter at PF, Bolden at C, Tucker in the mix at SF ought to make a pretty go offense. If Bolden and Carter can destroy on D around the rim and cover the corners, and Duval and Trent can play mean at the guard spot, it could be a really great year for Duke. Allen will need to 1, get his head on straight, 2, get his legs healed, 3, learn to go to his left and score, and 4, play D.

  • rushbot May 14, 5:34 p.m.
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    I have read on the Kentucky Wildcat site that Kevin Knox told Calipari he wanted to play SG, that Calipari said yes, and that is why Knox went to Kentucky in lieu of Duke. That falls under the category of things that make you go hmmmm.

  • rushbot May 13, 9:15 p.m.
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    Jordan Tucker is a verbal commit to Duke as of about 8 hours ago. 247 Sports has the incoming class ranked as # 3 with two 5*s, two 4*s, and 1 3*. Kentucky is number 1 with six 5*s, two 4*s amd zero 3*s. CBS has Duke ranked #9 preseason for 2017-2018. "Cuse was counting on Tucker coming to them and playing in the airplane maintenance hanger they call their home court.

  • rushbot May 12, 1:10 p.m.
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    Frank Jackson just announced he is signing with an agent. Too bad, he needed another year. Hopefully Duval will go with Duke or we are talking another potential 10 loss in the ACC season during 2017-2018.

  • rushbot May 9, 1:11 p.m.
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    Jordan Tucker is visiting Duke on 10May. Jeff Capel has point for this effort.

  • rushbot May 7, 9:04 p.m.
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    This just in. K is interested in 4Star 6'7" SF Jordan Tucker. He plays for Wheeler HS in White Plains NY. His AAU team is the NY Lightening. In addition to Duke, Oregon, GATech, 'Cuse and 'Nova want him.

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  • rushbot May 7, 12:15 p.m.
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    Yep. I just read he had knee issues in late March and ankle issues in mid-April. It is pretty key that K gets him, and he gets his legs fixed up. So we wind up with Bolden and Carter as bigs. I am pretty sure Bamba is not coming. If we have Duval playing PG in the middle and some combination of Trent, Allen, O'Connell and maybe Jackson as SGs out on the wings, we still will do well. Probably not Number 1 well, but well. And once again K will not have a bench other than at SG.

  • 903 Hanging it up win or lose May 6, 9:38 p.m.

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    the priority is Trevon Duval... Knox would've just been icing...

  • rushbot May 6, 7:47 p.m.
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    Kevin Knox is going to Kentucky.

  • the back of Daddy's hand May 6, 5:54 p.m.
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    And NOBODY cares about that either.

  • rushbot May 6, 2:24 p.m.
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    Knox is supposed to announce via the Twitter machine by the end of the day.

  • Ohmy99 May 6, 11:34 a.m.
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    you see two.

  • the back of Daddy's hand May 6, 11:19 a.m.
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    "THIS...... THREAD......IS......ABOUT......THE......2017-2018.....DUKE..

    And absolutely, NOBODY cares!!!!!

  • rushbot May 6, 12:38 a.m.
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    Bless Your Heart! You just don't understand what it means to type into and comment on a thread. I will type realllllllly slow so you'll have a chance to figure it out. If you cant' figure it out by yourself, ask your Mom, or Big Sis, or maybe one of your school teachers or guidance counselors. Here we go: THIS...... THREAD......IS......ABOUT......THE......2017-2018.....DUKE..

  • the back of Daddy's hand May 5, 8:42 p.m.
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    "2017 College Football Preseason Top 25"

    You, have absolutely, NOTHING!!!

  • rushbot May 5, 2:42 p.m.
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    For the 2018-2019 season recruiting effort, Duke currently has offers out to PGs Darius Garland (no 3) and Tre Jones (no 4), SG Romeo Langford (no 6), SFs Cameron Reddish (no 1) and Zion Williamson (no 5), PFs Marvin Bagley III (no 1) and Emmitt Williams (no 9), and Center David McCormack (no 4). K and company and all the other big schools are thinking way, way in advance.

  • rushbot May 5, 2:35 p.m.
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    I scout for nobody, I just read and study. Bamba is a high school player and has not played game 1 yet in the NCAA. He is the number 2 ranked center and is 7 feet tall and weighs but 216. He is from Harlem and plays for the PSA Cardinals. I expect he will go to UK and play for Calipari, although Duke is in the running. Duke currently has 6'10, 255 lb PF Wendell Carter, Jr.'s signed LOI. He is the number 1 ranked PF and the overall number 1 ranked incoming freshman. They have 6'11', 245 lb sophomore center Marques Bolden returning. He was last year's number 1 ranked center. They are in the running to sign on SF Kevin Knox. He is 6'9" and 206 pounds and K wants him to replace Tatum. So if they get PG Duval and SF Knox, and Jackson returns, they are gonna be a pre-season ACC and NCAA number 1. IF is important thing to keep remembering. And injuries.

  • Ohmy99 May 5, 1:45 p.m.
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    who do you scout for? How many games has Bamba played in the NCAA

  • rushbot May 4, 5:39 p.m.
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    picture this: 3 guards and 2 bigs, PG Duval in the middle of SGs Trent and Jackson with Carter and Knox as bigs. Allen and O'Connell off the bench to give a breather to Trent and Jackson. Bolden, Vrank and DeLaurier available to spell the bigs, or to provide a 3rd big if K wants to go that way. And Frank Jackson is the only Duke guard that reminds me of Wojo. He could be the next floor slapper; he is athletic as all heck, aggressive as all heck, and extreme in his confidence. But he ain't ready for the NBA this coming season.

  • 903 Hanging it up win or lose May 4, 4:10 p.m.

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    he needs to come back (there's only 25% selfishness in my eval) to Duke and become a pure SG and a lock down defender

    nah, if knox and duval both come he's better off leaving duke... not enough minutes and shots available to him in that scenario to improve his draft stock when that happens...

  • rushbot May 4, 9:49 a.m.
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    The combine is 9-14May in Chicago. Some of the stars of the ACC have already been told they were not good enough to be a candidate for the draft or did not receive one of the 60 plus invites to the combine and have returned to their teams. Frank Jackson continues to hold out hope. Marquelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith, Jr., Frank Ntilakina, De'Aaron Fox, Monte Morris, Frank Mason III, are the PGs I see in first round projections. Malik Monk, Donovan Mitchell, Sindarius Thornwell and Luke Kennard are the SGs I see in first round projections. I saw Frank Jackson in the late second round a while ago, but nowhere recently. It will take an enormous performance in the combine 5 v 5s for him to make it. I really think he needs to come back (there's only 25% selfishness in my eval) to Duke and become a pure SG and a lock down defender.

  • DaddyNatty May 2, 9:23 a.m.
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    Yep, dook is scramblin' for sure......because Daddy's comin' back for his Senior season.

    Has ANY ACC Senior PG returned after playing in two straight Title games, and winning one of them (MVP)?


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  • 903 Hanging it up win or lose May 2, 8:41 a.m.

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    “They didn’t promise me anything. They said they needed another ball handler who would be able to run the second group. It’s a great opportunity for me.”


    he's simply a scout player for either frank jackson/grayson or trevon duval... nothing more than that...

    better to give the scholie to a backup 1 than a backup at 2,3,4 or 5...

  • rushbot May 2, 8:19 a.m.
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    K just got a verbal commit from a 2star point guard named Jordan Goldwire. I wonder if that means Jackson will not be back and they are getting a backup plan together because Duvall is going elsewhere. I don't see giving a scholarship to a 2star recruit as a step in the right direction. There is a reason the Duke bench is shallow.

  • rushbot Apr 24, 10:30 p.m.
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    re Knox" UK have no SF. PF Adebayo will sign with an agent so he is gone. Leaves UK 5PFs and attempting to sign Bamba to make it 6, and they have a center. UNC may have 2SFs if Pinson returns. They may have 5PFs if Bradley returns. And they have a really short center. re Bamba: UK would have 6PFs if Bamba signs and a center who is 1 inch shorter and 35 pounds heavier. They also have a group of guards whose total is confusing due to all the redshirting. Perhaps the current 2 news PFs could switch to SF. Duke has Carter who is #1 rated. Bamba is #2. That could be a crushing Front Court with Belden spelling them, and 1 great PG and 2 sets of quality SGs. Michigan and Texas both have room for Bamba. re Duvall: Kansas would have 4PGs, 4SGs, and about 3 bigs, unless they also got Knox. Baylor would have 3PGS, 4SGs, 3SFs, 4PFs and a C. Duke would have 1PG, 4SGs, 4PFs and 2Cs. K has 4 open spots, 3 offers. ESPN rumor Jackson will declare for NBADraft but hire no agent.

  • rushbot Apr 19, 11:42 p.m.
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    Old Roy set up a personal visit with Kevin Knox for 4:15-6:00. I am not finding much at all for K and his staff visiting Knox. Small forward is wide open for Duke. Nobody on the current team to fight for minutes. Trevon Duval ought to be an easy sale, since Allen and Jackson are shooting guards, but then so are Trent and O'Connell. Duke could play full time in transition with Duval at PG, Jackson and Trent at SG, Knox at SF and either Bolden or Carter at Big and Bamba too if K could get him. Then Allen and O'Connell could replace Jackson and Trent at SG, and the bigs could move around. One thing. Actually 3 things. K needs to turn Jackson into the reincarnation of Wojo, Bolden into Christian Laettner ( I have watched the few moments of Bolden and he is grinning too much and not looking cruel enough), and teach Allen to defend and go to his left and shoot left handed.

  • rushbot Apr 14, 12:43 p.m.
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    SB Nation is saying Duval will go to Arizona because of sharing time/position with Jackson and Allen. They say Bamba will go to Kentucky because of K only playing one big at a time, and Carter is coming and Bolden is staying (I was 100% wrong on Bolden departing). And finally, SBNation saysKevin Knox is considering UNC but is tending towards Duke. 247Sports gives Duke the edge on Duval, Kentucky the edge on Bamaba, and Duke the edge on Knox. I hope K and his minions get busy recruiting. or the cupboard will be bare.

  • rushbot Apr 11, 12:45 a.m.
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    Kevin Knox pushed his announcement date back to either 28 APR or 1MAY according to his father. The date will depend on the availability of national television availability. Knox bragged about how well he got along with and roomed with Missouri Commit Michael Porter Jr at the Nike Hoop Summit. This week he will be in NY for the Jordan Brand Classic.

  • rushbot Apr 9, 9:37 p.m.
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    Just to murky up the waters, SF Kevin Knox went on a visit to Missouri today along with current Missouri signee Michael Porter, and Chapel Hill NC born Blake Harris of Raleigh (NC) Word of God. Young Master Harris joined up with Missouri. Mr Knox was along for the ride, and the Missou Frat Rat Hauser were decorated to the nines with frilly Mr Knox recruitment signage. K had better step out really strong if he wants to coach Mr Knox. And he best not forget Mr Duval and Mr Bamba

  • 903 Hanging it up win or lose Apr 6, 2:03 p.m.

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    (DA has now jumped on the Bama football bandwagon...)...

  • Smash1ng Trumpkins Daily Apr 5, 1:22 p.m.
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    There will be no shortage of 5 stars...

    There WILL however be a shortage of Natty's.

    7 > 5

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  • 903 Hanging it up win or lose Apr 5, 11:58 a.m.

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    Bamba will have other bigs to compete for PT and touches with at Kentucky as well... It isn't like Calpari doesn't already have other 5 star PFs and Cs already signed or returning...

    Coach K will probably be fine with Bolden starting at the 5 and Wendell Carter at the 4 along with all the wings and Kevin Knox if we get him... There will be no shortage of 5 stars...

  • CHAMPS 17 09 05 93 82 57 24 Apr 5, 8:32 a.m.

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    This definitely hurts Duke if it's the reason Bamba chooses another school. He's 10x's the player.

  • rushbot Apr 4, 11:48 a.m.
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    I am surprised. 6'11', 245 lb Center Marques Bolden announced he is staying. I expect this means it less likely that 7'0", 210 lb PF Mohamed Bamba will be showing up at Duke. So far, K gets back one scholarship from the freshman class.

  • rushbot Mar 30, 2:16 p.m.
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  • rushbot Mar 23, 11:16 p.m.
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    Please read what I posted for this year's sophomores playing time environment due to next year's freshman commits and possibilities. It applies to these men, too.
    Duval and Knox were recruited live by K on 21MAR. Both are supposed to be leaning towards Duke. But they are young men, and UNC, AZ, KU and UK still have a chance to be #1 in the Tournament. Bamba is supposed to favor UK.
    Bolden-did not live up to his ratings. Carter is almost his size. He goes, K gets a slot.
    Robinson-minimal playing time after redshirt season. I bet the Admiral wants him to get a Duke education. He stays.
    DeLaurier-not a lot, but not bad for a 4* recruit at Duke. He stays.
    GilesIII-not bad start, lots of fouls, fair rebounding. 1 more knee tear ends his career. He goes, K gets a slot.
    White-few fouls, points, few impacts on D. He stays. Jackson-needs more work as a point guard. Aggressive D, could be the next floor slapping "WOJO" . K could play with 3 guards. He stays. K should get 2 slots.

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