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Rodney Hood officially a member of the Duke basketbetball team

The rumors had been swirling around Durham and the rest of the country for the past week that Mississippi St. transfer Rodney Hood would be choosing to transfer to Duke.  Things finally became official on Thursday and Hood will be joining the Duke mens basketball team. Hood, a 6-8 wing, will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Hood averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while playing as a Freshman at Mississippi St. Hood is one of those lengthy guys that likes to play on the outside. At 6’8 he is a miss match for most defenders on the wing. Expect Hood to get a lot of action at both forward positions depending on how the lineup will look in 2013-2014.

Even though Hood won’t be able to play in any games this up coming season, it will be great to have him around the program. He will fit in nicely for the 2013-2014 season. If i had to do any sports betting on the matter, I’d bet that Hood will be an impact player for the Blue Devils once he steps foot in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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Michael Gbinije transferring to Syracuse

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!

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2012 Mens Basketball Recruiting

Once again Duke has begun to look to reload. Always the staple of Duke’s success has been their ability to recruit the nations top players. Here is a look at the recruiting list for 2012. Looks rather impressive once again:

Offered with national rating first:

1. Andre Drummond Oakdale CT 6’9″ 251 lbs Center

3. Shabazz Muhammed Las Vegas NV 6″5″ 190 lbs Guard

11. Alex Murphy South Borough MA 6’8″ 185 lbs Forward

21. Rasheed Sulaiman Houston TX 6’4″ 180 lbs Guard

40. J.P. Tokoto Menomonee Falls WI 6″5″ 190 lbs Forward

64. Tony Parker Lithonia GA 6′ 9″ 250 lbs Center

Also showing interest but no offer:

26. Torian Graham Durham NC 6’4″ 173 lbs Guard

28. L J Rose Houston TX 6’3″ 175 lbs Guard

30. Amile Jefferson Philadelphia PA 6’7″ 185 lbs Forward

31. Twymond Howard Pearl MS 6’5″ 200 lbs Forward

33. Robert Carter Thomasville GA 6’8″ 245 lbs Forward

59. Evan Nolte Alpharetta GA 6’8″ 200lbs Forward

70. T J Warren Raleigh NC 6’7″ 200 lbs Forward

91. Anthony Bennett Henderson NV 6’6″ 200 lbs Forward

Once again looks like a lot of top players could be showing up in Durham soon. That means more excitement and more banners to be raised soon

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Marshall Plumlee joining his brothers at Duke

There will be another Plumlee on the Duke roster in a couple of years as seven-footer Marshall Plumlee as verbally committed to Duke University and will be part of the 2011 recruiting class. In 2011 you will see senior Miles Plumlee, junior Mason and then freshman Marshall all on the same Duke team. Marshall had a great time in June when he spent time in Durham and was able to play some pick up games and also talk with Coack K. That trip pretty much sealed the deal and Duke fans couldn’t be any more happy!

Marshall plays more of a traditional center position so don’t expect to see him out on the wing or driving to the basket as much as his older brothers do. Now the question is can Marshall step in and play down low from day one or will he be a project like Brian Zoubek? If I had to bet, it would be on Marshall stepping in from day one and playing well.

It’s a great time to be a Duke fan that is for sure! Recruiting is doing well and the players are excited to get back into things and winning another national championship!

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Tyler Adams to join 2011 class at Duke

Post player Tyler Adams has announced that he will be attending Duke University and be part of the 2011 signing class for the Duke Blue Devils. Adams can bang down low with his 6’9 260 lb frame. Word is that Adams can still add on some muscle to that frame so expect a big boy when he arrives in Durham for the 2012 season. Adams will be able to take up a lot of space and can score multiple ways from 15 feet in his coach says. Sounds exactly the type of player Coach K needed for this class.

Adams is ranked as the 81st player in the 2011 class by Rivals and also a four star recruit.

“Tyler is a very skilled young man, especially in the low post,” said Larry Stamps, Adams’ club team coach with the Jackson Panthers. “He definitely is a low-post center, which is unusual now because a lot of the big kids like to face up. He likes to play down low and has the body to do it.”

Adams joins forward Michael Gbinije of Richmond, Va. as part of the 2011 class. Welcome aboard Mr. Adams!

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Harrison Barnes chooses North Carolina

Well Duke fans, Harrison Barnes is not coming to Duke as he chose the bad guys over at North Carolina this afternoon on ESPN U. Good ole Roy and the whole team around on Skype when Harrison announced which was pretty cool to see. Barnes is the type of player that the Blue Devils really needed to pick up as he is a player that can transform a good team to a great team and that means a national championship.

If you are sick to your stomach, don’t go looking at the signing class that UNC has put together for next year…

So now where does Coack K and the staff turn to? Will it be Roscoe Smith? C’mon down to Durham Roscoe!

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Andre Dawkins set to enroll at Duke

Duke commit Andre Dawkins has confirmed that he will be enrolling a year early at Duke University as he has finished up his high school and was in line to receive his diploma late last week. Dawkins is all but ready to move into East Campus and help out the Duke Basketball team.

Dawkins told Coach Wojciechowski that he would like to wear #20 which transfer Elliot Williams wore before leaving the program during the offseason.

“We are excited about Andre joining our program,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement released by the university. “He is a very talented player and an excellent student. He worked hard throughout his high school career and this summer to put himself in this position. He will be an outstanding addition to the university and our basketball team.”

Dawkins is expected to help out at the shooting guard position where he is lethal from the three point line. Hopefully Andre can play some good defense and he will find himself on the court a lot in my opinion.

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Andre Dawkins to enroll early at Duke?

The Duke basketball team could get a bigtime boost in a few weeks if Andre Dawkins is able to skip his final year of high school and enroll early at Duke University. With the lack of depth at the guard position, Dawkins enrolling early would really give the Blue Devils a much needed boost at the position.

Dawkins could fill in behind Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith while playing 15-20 minutes a game in my opinion. Sure he will have some bumps along the way but I’m willing to sit through those bumps because I think their will be a lot more positive plays than negative in his freshman campaign.

There has not been an official statement released by the university per NCAA rules at this time. We should here something more official as the first day of classes draws closer.

Stay tuned Duke fans!

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