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Duke loses out on Patrick Patterson

Patrick Patterson today announced that he will be attending Kentucky next fall.  He was the last player that the Duke coaching staff was trying to sign for the 2007 recruiting class.  It wasn’t meant to be, as Patterson selected the Wildcats over Duke and Florida.

Now with Patterson off the board, look for the Blue Devils and Coack K to go after Greg Monroe #1 rated bigman in next years signing class.  It will be tough to get him, but I wouldn’t put it past this coaching staff after striking out with Patterson this year and Wright the year before.

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Duke named #1 program in the last 10 years by ESPN

Duke has been named the #1 program in the past 10 years by ESPN.  Here is what ESPN had to say about the Duke Blue Devil Program:

Love them or hate them, you can’t quibble with the Blue Devils’ performance during a 10-year run. With one national championship, three Final Fours, 28 NCAA Tournament wins, six ACC titles (five solo), seven ACC tournament titles (including five in a row) and an average RPI of 4.3 over that time period (almost six RPI places better than Kansas, which is second on that list), Duke’s accomplishments, in arguably the nation’s toughest conference, are unmatched by any other program. The Blue Devils have had a bunch of terrific college players over the past decade, and when you throw in pro stars such as Elton Brand and Carlos Boozer along with solid contributors like Shane Battier and Corey Maggette, the program even is shedding the “talent doesn’t translate to the next level” label. It’s fair to note that Duke has underperformed its NCAA Tournament seeds fairly significantly since its last national title in 2001, but it’s also fair to mention that when you’re a No. 1 seed almost every year (eight times in the last decade), it’s hard to do anything but underperform in knockout-style events.

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Patrick Patterson set to announce on May 14th

Patrick Patterson, the nation’s top-rated uncommitted senior and a Duke basketball recruiting target, plans to announce his college plans May 16, his high school coach said Tuesday.

Patterson, a 6-foot-8 power forward, will take time this weekend to decide between Duke, Kentucky and Florida, said Huntington High coach Lloyd McGuffin.

Rated the No. 11 prospect in the nation by scout.com, Patterson would be an important addition for Duke after 6-foot-10 Josh McRoberts left for the draft following his sophomore season.

Patterson will be a huge committ for the Blue Devils if he does indeed choose Duke.  He is a player that can step right in and help this team win some ballgames next year.  I would love to see Patterson and Singler on the floor at the same time as freshman, I think they would do great!

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