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Posted On: April 24, 2012 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Freshman Michael Gbinije has been granted a full release from his scholarship at Duke and will be transferring to Syracuse. You may be thinking how can Gbinije transfer to Syracuse as they will be a member of the ACC Conference in a couple of years? Well Coach K gave Mike a full release and had no blocks on schools that he could transfer too. Mike will also only have to sit out one year as Syracuse is not a current ACC Conference member.
I can understand Mike wanting to transfer due to lack of playing time during his Freshman season. But you have to remember that you are a true freshman that saw limited minutes due to the other guys on the roster. Sometimes you just have to wait your turn.
I do wish Mike well up at Syracuse where he will be playing with quite a few of his friends where they will be able to play bingo at partybingo.com. Just don’t do well against Duke!
Posted On: April 2, 2012 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
The 2011-2012 college basketball season has ended and the Kentucky Wildcats took home the championship after defeating Kansas last night down in New Orleans.
It was a up and down year for our Duke Blue Devils as the were knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the 2nd round as Lehigh shocked everyone to pull off the upset. I’m not going to say much about that screw up other then you gotta come to play every game no matter who your opponent may be. Sure the Ryan Kelly injury hurt, but that’s not the reason for the loss.
The high points of the season would be Austin Rivers knocking down the three point shot of Tyler Zeller as Duke defeated North Carolina on their home floor. Hell of a shot by the Freshman, it’s too bad that will be the highlight of his Duke career as he has elected to sign with a agent and head to the NBA.
A few other high points were victories over Kansas and Michigan State. Both programs had good teams and Duke was able to beat both them. Once again, no matter the opponent the guys have to step up play to their capabilities. Duke could beat any team (ok maybe not Kentucky) if they play there game and lock down on defense.
The season went about as expected to me minus the loss to Lehigh. When you lose players like Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith there will be a little bit of a rebuilding process with the way Coack K likes his teams to play. We all hoped Austin would fill in nicely and he did as the season went along but I’m not sure he was the best guy for the team as he has a different mentality on the court than most Duke basketball players have due to the way Coach K likes to play the game.
Hopefully the coaching staff secures a few more commitments for the upcoming class and we will see Duke bounce back and have a strong 2012-2013 season. Please follow us on Twitter as we tweet through out the off season.