Deviled Eggs 10/5/09

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

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1. Irving: “I’m leaning towards Duke”

Irving is scheduled to take his visit to Texas A&M this upcoming weekend and Kentucky the following weekend. But he’s also said that he’s taking “one visit at a time”. Does that mean he’ll make it to Big Blue Madness in Lexington?

2. Kyrie Irving, Pioneer?

Sports Illustrated has a great read about the use of social networking in recruiting, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Kyrie Irving is an avid Twitter user (he will announce his decision via Twitter) and has scheduled live UStream shows to interact with his fans.

3. Duke students too trigger happy

The Charlotte Observer noticed that Duke compliance had to intervene during Kyrie’s visit. We here at Crazie Talk have no comment on this issue.

4. Roscoe Smith To Visit Duke Oct. 9th

Roscoe Smith, Duke’s top 2010 target behind Irving and Harrison Barnes, has cut his list down to three schools and set his visit schedule. Two Big East schools, UConn and Georgetown, are in the running with us and he will be on campus this coming weekend (October 9-11).

5. Austin Rivers, chip off the old Doc

Austin Rivers is the prodigal son of the Celtics’ championship coach. You know the story of Rivers, how he is somewhat committed to Florida right now, but is interested in Duke. Boston Globe writer Bob Ryan notes that Rivers is a high school senior. Does that mean he can be in the class of 2010 instead of 2011, or is that a mistake on Ryan’s part?

6. CBSSports’ Gary Parrish comments on Duke’s recruiting

I’m calling out Gary Parrish right now. You can attack Duke’s recruiting all you want, but you are extremely ignorant when you say this:“It’s a direct result, I think, of putting too much emphasis on character and intangibles — i.e., so-called “good and smart kids” — in recruiting and not enough emphasis on just getting badass ballers who can run and jump at an elite level.” I’ll leave it for you guys to figure out what he meant.


7. Former Duke stars in competition for top recruit in unlikely places

Academic stalwarts Harvard and Stanford are neck-and-neck in the race for 6’10” Dwight Powell, a Scout four-star recruit (five-stars from Rivals) out of Toronto. Former Duke guards Tommy Amaker (Harvard) and Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), who comprised the backcourt for Duke’s 1986 Final Four team, are the men pulling the triggers on Powell’s recruitment. While Stanford plays in the Pac-10, Harvard does not usually recruit four and five-stars to the Ivy League, so a win for Amaker could be huge for the Crimson.