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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by ArtVandelay, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay GC Hall of Fame

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    Duke loses 5 starters with Carter going pro

    Carter is gone. No surprise there. Duke has now lost their entire starting 5. They have a ridiculous class coming in, but they will have to gel quickly. I think up until now Coach K has blended a nice mix of one-and-done with solid upperclassmen. Will be interesting to see how he does this year. They will have a lot of talent (a-la UK) but can he get them to all buy in?
     
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  2. akaGatorhoops

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    I am probably in the great minority, but I think duke will strugggle a bit next year. For all of their talent, they seem to lack shooters.
     
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  3. diamondted13

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    Count me as one who already predicted Duke losing it's starting 5 and being vastly overrated going into next season. Since Coach K doesn't feel the need to develop depth, Bolden and his, what, 8 mpg will be their most experienced player on the roster. While I don't really follow HS players, I've heard next year's Freshman class is not nearly as talented as this past season's. Not to mention the top 3 recruits K landed all play SF, so there might be some redundancy to their games. As much as I hate him, Allen's experience and leadership was key to the team's progress this past season. Where will that come from next year? I guess K will be in the grad transfer market and get his pick of the litter.
     
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  4. INGATORSWETRUST

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    Grad transfers all making decisions now and we need to sit in sidelines waiting for a Hudson decision after he gets draft status feedback. That said, the more true freshman that declare for draft, the better for us that Hudson May return
     
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  5. Efawcett7

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    I agree!

    The other thing I think people need to remember is that not every recruiting class year to year is equal, and this is a weaker class, so having the top 3 recruits (while still impressive) isn't as dominant as it sounds. I think Barrett is legitimately awesome, but Reddish and Williamson would not be numbers 2 and 3 in most classes.
     
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  6. REM08

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    Agree with @Efawcett7 about Barrett being legit.

    I think Duke is banking on those grad transfers. Looks as though there may be some good ones but I don't see that they've announced yet.
     
  7. bakaduin

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    I think you could see Javin DeLaurier take a big step to help that new team gel. Who knows
     
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    Barrett, Reddish and Williamson are going to start at the 2 through 4 spots. Tre Jones will start at the point. Duke will be loaded. Williamson is a freak of nature. Think a taller Charles Barkley.
     
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  9. ArtVandelay

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    Nova's DiVincenzo to declare for NBA draft

    This is an interesting one. I assume he will come back, but it makes sense to declare and work out for the NBA. I think he could get 1st round interest, but that doesn't always mean it's the right move.
     
  10. cincinnatigator

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    DiVincenzo is the perfect NBA shooting guard prospect. Automatic first round material.
     
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    Agreed, anymore in basketball the 2, 3 and 4 spots are interchangeable. They all know at Duke they will see plenty of court time since Coach K only likes a 7 man rotation in big games. All 4 will average around 30 minutes a game and somewhere between 13-18 points. Just for clarity Barrett will be the 2 Reddish the 3 and Williamson the 4 like you have it. Strangely reminds me of Jordan, Pippin and Rodman but at different heights. I know way different example but these 3 together could be special at the college level.
     
  12. ArtVandelay

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    All 5 declared for draft without agent

    Tyus Battle - Syracuse
    Udoka Azubuike - Kansas
    Jared Vanderbilt - UK
    Charles Matthews - Michigan
    Kevin Huerter - Mayland

    Saw projections for Battle, Matthews and Huerter as 1st round. Seems like there might be more players slotted as first rounders than there are picks.
     
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  13. ArtVandelay

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  14. cincinnatigator

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    Kentucky will have one hell of a physical frontcourt with the likely addition of Reid Travis, who we couldn't guard at PK80, and Washington who also bullied us quite a bit.
     
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  15. ArtVandelay

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    Unless their Freshmen are way above and beyond what people think they will be, we will beat them at least once.
     
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  16. cincinnatigator

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    I don't disagree but I'm cautious to agree with that at the same time. They'll be much improved from last season.
     
  17. your_perfect_enemy

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    Not one person from UKs team last year worries me
     
  18. ArtVandelay

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    I have mixed feelings about this off season for UK and its hard for me to form them into one cohesive feeilng - so I'll just list them:

    Frustrated at how many players left from last year's team for less than 1st round draft projections (or even 2nd round ones). I don't blame Gabriel - who's family needs money presumably. Don't blame SGA and Knox - who proved ready. Do blame Diallo and Vanderbilt.

    On the other hand, no sour grapes even, I'm glad Vanderbilt is gone. Unlike the vast majority of UK freshmen Cal has landed, Vanderbilt actually did fit the sterotype (held by those who don't like UK/Cal) of the type of freshmen Cal gets at Kentucky. He wasn't selfless and was often at odds with staff - keeping them in the dark about his playing status/injury stuff. Cal didn't throw him under the bus (I would have), but during the season you could tell he wasn't happy with the situation.

    I didn't think I could be as happy about next years team, given all the early defections, as I am though and this will improve immensely if they land Travis. He's the perfect missing piece. Next year's team, even without him, will return more experience than years like last year.