Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2011 College Basketball Recruiting Report: Duke Blue Devils

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The Blue Devils will never die as a national powerhouse. Once the players turn pro, more high school athletes or reserves step up and take control.


For example, Jon Scheyer graduated and Kyrie Irving came along. 

Same with Zoubek and Thomas; the Plumlee twins will replace the two in the post.

The Blue Devils are the most consistent program when it comes to winning. Down years are very rare for the program and I doubt you'll see one at all this decade. 

With the recruits, Coach K was able to require this season, set up a dominant Duke backcourt.

As for next year, Coach K is looking towards strengthen the frontcourt with the recruits he is tracking for the 2011-12 season.

Here is a look at what the Blue Devils have done thus far with their 2011 recruiting class. 

Verbal Agreements: 

G - Michael Gbinije 6'6''

Gbinije is a 6-foot-6 slashing guard. He has the ability to make decent cuts to the rim, but his main strength is his ability to stretch the defense. His frame allows him to get the ball over smaller guards in college. Not to mention, he attacks the rim at all cost.

F - Marshall Plumlee 6'11''

Plumlee is the younger brother of Miles and Mason Plumlee. Marshall is a sure rebounder and post presence. He isn't that strong on offense but can get the job done. However, he needs to get stronger and quit bringing the ball down so low. At times, he puts the ball down low which could result to steals in college.

F - Tyler Adams 6'9''

Adams is the physical post presence. If you don't remember, he sat down with Collegiate Hoops and talked basketball. When asked what he can bring to the Duke program he said, "I think I will bring a guy who is willing to and will bang, and a back to the basket scorer. I think I will also bring rebounding too."

Considering:

*G - Austin Rivers
Rivers was spotted wearing Duke attire. Rivers has high interest in the Duke program. I think he will commit to Duke this winter.

*F - Quincy Miller
Miller has reported interest in the Duke program, and it's not a long shot. With Kentucky courting hard for Anthony Davis, it will be hard for them to get him and Miller. Duke would be a great program to court Miller's talent.

*G - Quinn Cook
The 6-foot-1 guard has a lot of interest in Duke. But he could also land in Maryland as well.

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