Deviled Eggs: August 16th, 2010

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:

Photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com

1. Team USA’s Teenage Years
Fantastic piece by Duke alum and former Chronicle editor, Mr. Ben Cohen. Hopefully we’ll see Mr. Irving on the gold medal podium someday.

2. SLAM: Chillin’ With Kyrie Irving

Can you tell that we’re huge fans of Kyrie? Seriously, we’re going crazy just thinking about this kid on the floor in Cameron. Fifty-nine days until Countdown to Craziness…

3. R.Kelly Believes He Can Fly
Pun totally intended. Space Jam soundtrack classics aside, this is a great read from Al Featherston on Ryan Kelly’s summer of hard work. We absolutely cannot wait for him to blow up.

4. Adidas Nations Player Evaluations

NBADraft.net evaluates Nolan Smith, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, and Marshall Plumlee, as well as Duke recruits Quincy Miller, Quinn Cook, Shabazz Muhammad, Alex Murphy, and Amile Jefferson on their performance at the annual Adidas Nations event, which took place last weekend.

5. 2012 Wing Shabazz Muhammad Sits Down with HighSchoolHoop

Shabazz is a stud and a half.  In this interview with HSH, the name ‘Duke’ seems to come up quite a bit. He’ll be in Cameron for the December 4th matchup with Michigan State. Shabazz, along with 6’8 SF Alex Murphy, are the top priorities for the Duke staff in the Class of 2012.

6. News & Observer: That Dude Will Compete with Irving, Harrow

…to be the ACC’s top freshman. Let HB have his MVP season. Kyrie and the rest of the Blue Devils will see you in Houston.

BONUS:

Roster Updates

Courtesy of GoDuke.com. Ryan Kelly has grown an inch and gained fifteen pounds, making him the tallest player on the roster at 6’11. Andre Dawkins has also gained fifteen pounds to 205 lbs, while fellow sophomore Mason Plumlee has gained ten pounds to put him at 240 lbs. The only measurements that have not been updated are those of Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, who have been playing with the Team USA Select squad for the past week.

Five (More) Recruiting Stories to Follow

Way back in January, we talked about five of the biggest recruiting story lines to follow throughout the spring. Back then, Carrick Felix was still being recruited and Maryland de-commit Terrence Ross was still a viable wing option for 2010. Yet we remained optimistic about the state of Duke recruiting.

Well, following that post we won 17 of our last 18 games en route to the 2010 National Championship. So yeah. Optimism abounds these days.

As the summer winds down, let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories to follow this fall into the early signing period.

1. Will Austin Rivers be a Blue Devil after all?

Rivers has had a huge summer, despite the fact that he played relatively few AAU events. Austin played for Each One Teach One at a few Nike EYBL events. A major chunk of his time, however, was spent with the Team USA U-18 squad, which included Duke freshmen Kyrie Irving and Josh Hairston at the FIBA Americas Championship (which we live-blogged here). Rivers took home MVP honors after leading the team in scoring with an unbelievable 101 points in 115 total minutes. Those 101 points included a streak of nine—that’s right, nine—made three pointers in a row. Sounds like a Blue Devil to me.

Rivers has stated that he plans on taking official visits to Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky this fall. In the same journal entry, Austin said that he plans on announcing his decision in December. Despite some heavy hitters in Rivers’ rotation, Duke fans should have little to fear. Austin’s last visit to Duke was in April for the annual team banquet, which celebrated this year’s Championship team. Having been there ourselves, we can certainly tell you that there are very, very few places that could have impressed him as much as Duke did that night. Take that to the bank.

(Correction: Rivers may be deciding earlier than December. Who knows these things, really. But keep an eye out.)

2. What’s Cook-ing?

There has been a lot of talk in the last few months of Kyrie Irving—Duke’s best point guard prospect in a decade—leaving Durham after just a year. Irving has been hotter than a habanero pepper with scouts in the last few months, with speculative draft watchers like NBADraft.net placing him second in the 2011 draft. Duke thrives under expert floor generals; if Irving does end up leaving, it’s natural to look toward the next few recruiting classes to see what kind of prospects there are. Near the top of the 2011 board sits Quinn Cook.

Photo: Lara Lee/DukeHoopBlog.com

First of all, Cook is not on the same level as Irving. He’s shorter, not as quick, and hasn’t yet shown the ridiculous intelligence that makes Kyrie so fun to watch. But that shouldn’t count him out as an important Blue Devil prospect. Here are some facts, you know you like facts.

Quinn has shown himself to be more of a distributor than go-to scorer thus far. He led the USA U-17 team to a gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Europe this summer, logging 7.8 assists per game. More impressive, perhaps, was Cook’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.45 (59 assists versus 24 TO’s). He started all eight games, and played more minutes than heralded Kentucky commit Marquis Teague. These are data that prove something. As a junior, Cook was named D.C.’s All-Met Player of the Year in 2009-10, beating out our own Tyler Thornton (as well as UNC’s Kendall Marshall and Indiana Hoosier Victor Oladipo). Next year, he’ll transfer from national power DeMatha Catholic to national power Oak Hill Academy, the same school that produced two of the best ACC guards of the past five years: Tywon Lawson and Nolan Smith (Smith, by the way, is one of Cook’s closest friends).

So what does that little piece of expository writing say? Quinn Cook is worthy, hell, more than that. We’re going to be spoiled next year by Kyrie Irving, the kind of talent (and positive attitude) that pops up once in a John Wall. But if and when Irving goes pro, we’d be lucky to have a young gun like Cook fill his slot.

3. Would Tyler Adams pull a Felix?

One of the first major “we’ve made it” moments after the recent National Title was the commitment of Mississippi giant man Tyler Adams. That benefit, it seems, may be getting itself windfall-profits-taxed.

A week ago, perhaps-reputable  Mississippi State fansite BulldawgJunction.com reported that Adams may be wavering in his commitment to the Blue Devils, and that the ‘Dawgs are still an option. Also, perennial losers Georgetown are still recruiting him post-commitment (I wonder how these guys feel about that). Message boards went wild, flustering about potential academic issues and the name of erstwhile here today, gone tomorrow dude Carrick Felix was thrown around a few times. (Sidebar: Georgetown hasn’t secured a commitment from anyone in the 2011 or 2012 classes since they beat the living daylights out of the eventual National Champions in January. They also flamed out to Ohio—yes, Ohio—in the first round of what was to be our tournament. Schadenfreude. End sidebar.)

Update (11:45am, 8/11/10): Apparently Georgetown has really been in contact. No surprises there.

RT @NationWideNolan: Duke commit Tyler Adams confirmed to me that Georgetown is indeed in contact.Wed Aug 11 11:39:00 via ÜberTwitter

I know nothing about Tyler’s grades, and even if I did, that’s not really my business, or any fan’s at this point. What I do know is that Facebook, bastion of new media resourcefulness, is saying  “don’t worry, it’s going to be alright.” In Adams’ current profile picture, he is wearing a massive Duke Basketball shirt. He has said on that same website that his lack of certainty is just ‘a rumor.’ I also learned that Adams likes to post his statuses in all caps.

Until any further info comes down the pipe, that’s what this is: A rumor, probably trumped up by some Mississippian in twelve dollar overalls scraping barbecue sauce out from under his fingernails down at “The Junction.” Forgive my humor, entire SEC.

Furthermore, Adams is the most jacked of our three 2011 commitments. Whatever needs to be done to keep him loyal to Duke—short of a Calipari tactic, of course—will be done by our coaching staff.

4. Is all hope lost for Miller?

Oh, Quincy. You’re so close, yet so far away.

This blog has developed an attachment to 2011 superstar Quincy Miller over the past year. After Miller attended Duke’s inaugural elite camp in 2009, hope burgeoned that Miller may be as interested in Duke as we were in him. What has proceeded since then has been nothing short of a square dance, with Quincy switching dance partners every few months and keeping everyone guessing about his recruitment.

Quincy is a lighthearted kid; anyone who follows his Twitter knows that. He’s also incredibly media savvy, understanding who his audience is (overly rabid college basketball fans) and having a good time keeping everyone out of the know. But here’s what we do know. Quincy is transferring to Westchester Academy in High Point, N.C., the same school that his friend and Elite 24 teammate Quddus “Deuce” Bello has transformed from random Piedmont private school to hoops powerhouse. Their friendship has translated into some, well, interesting YouTube videos. More importantly from our standpoint is that Miller and Bello appear likely to be interested in playing for the same college as well. HighSchoolHoop reported that Quincy and Deuce will visit Louisville on the weekend of September 4th.The Cards, in spite of Rick Pitino’s recent career shaming trial, are building a solid 2011 class led by Chicagoan Wayne Blackshear. If Miller and Bello matriculate as well, L’ville fans may finally be able to exorcise the Demons of Karen Sypher and get back to the Final Four. Maybe.

Miller and Bello are also considering the Big 12’s hottest team, the Baylor Bears. Scott Drew received a commitment from 2012 center Isaiah Austin this week, and we’re highly interested in what Perry Jones can do there next season. That train has no signs of slowing down.

So does Duke figure in this argument anymore? Probably not. Luckily, we already have a strong 2011 class already, with the strong possibility of adding to it. And I will never be able to dislike Quincy Miller—he’s too talented, hilarious, and comically outspoken to anger anyone. If he goes to Louisville, fine. To borrow from the lexicon of the SEC once more, that’d really “stick in the craw” of many University of Kentucky fans.

5. Introducing Rodney Purvis

Somehow this became a very long article. So we’re happy to finish with a short introduction to 2013 point guard monster Rodney Purvis. Hailing from nearby Raleigh, Purvis has already drawn comparisons to John Wall. Look for Duke to investigate Purvis thoroughly as a future guard option. He’s already checking us out, per his Twitter:

I will be at Duke Midnight Oct. 15th !! #shouldbefunTue Aug 10 18:39:28 via Echofon


For all those not fluent in Twitterese, Purvis will be attending Duke’s Countdown to Craziness on October 15. And it “shouldbefun”.

Here’s some footage of Purvis from this past season. Enjoy.

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Crazie Talk Live: FIBA Americas U18 Championship Game

The United States U-18 squad dominated Team Canada from the opening tip last night, winning handily 122-89.

In one of the more hyped match-ups of a tournament, the Maple Leaf Nation had little to no chance. Especially with Duke 2011 top target Austin Rivers going crazy and scoring 35 points—a record for this competition. Rivers was uncanny, hitting his first nine three-point shots. His sixth trey broke the USA record—in the first half. It was a Ray Allen-like performance for Austin, while his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, watched from the San Antonio stands.

Our 2010 commitments also played well; Irving netted 12 points and dished out seven assists. Kyrie got into the lane at will, distributing to USA’s capable forwards. Josh Hairston rebounded from a disappointing game against Argentina, posting 10 points and four rebounds. Josh did a good job of finishing around the basket, and knocked down both of his free throws.

Quincy Miller cooled off after his big game against Argentina, but he had an admirable stat line of seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Miller shows tremendous poise in the open court; he handles the ball like a guard on fast breaks, slicing into the lane and getting by his defender with a variety of quick moves, including a vicious spin cycle that leaves him alone at the rim. Quincy is perhaps the biggest talent on this team, and we are really just seeing small flashes of what he is capable of (The hilariously incompetent commentator of these games referred to Quincy’s ’16 straight threes in practice the other day’ a dozen times in the past two nights).

Amir Williams, who has been at the end of the bench for Team USA, is still getting into the flow of the game. Williams shows promise—finishing off one nice assist for a two-handed slam against the Nucks—but his hands are ’07 Lance Thomas-esque and he seems a little lost out there. Nonetheless, playing for his country will be a great experience for him, and Williams will definitely improve with time. He has gotten a lot of looks recently, and we’re sure that K and Co. will keep tabs on Amir—perhaps fellow Detroit Country Day veteran Shane Battier can give him a few pointers.

Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST, Team USA is back in action against Brazil, who pulled away late from Argentina to secure a spot in the title game. We hope that you join us for our final live-blog of this tournament—it has been a lot of fun talking basketball with a big cast of Duke fans for the past two games. Again, you can check out the live feed of the game here.

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Crazie Talk Live: FIBA Americas U18 Championships

Howdy folks! If you’re bored or obsessed with basketball like we are, make sure you tune into our live blog of Team USA’s matchup against Argentina in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in San Antonio this evening. Team USA’s roster is stacked (as usual), and features five Duke commits and targets in the starting lineup – Kyrie Irving, Josh Hairston, Quincy Miller, Austin Rivers, and Amir Williams.
You can take in a live feed of the game here. That said, the commentary is pretty terrible, so we’d love it if you stopped by to chat with us. The game is scheduled to start at 8:00pm EST (7:00pm CT).

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Deviled Eggs: June 28th, 2010

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.

Scheyer and Zoubek will get their chances at NBA rosters. (Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1.  Hairston, Miller, and Rivers Interview at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Duke Hoop caught up with Josh Hairston, Quincy Miller, and Austin Rivers following their 131-63 victory over the US Virgin Islands Saturday night to talk Duke, team chemistry, and their futures.

2.  Now that the 2010 NBA Draft is over…

Andy Katz gets a head start on who to watch for in the 2011 draft.  4 Blue Devils made the list:  Kyrie, Mason, Kyle, and Nolan.  While we love the praise being given to Kyrie and Mason, we’re certainly hoping they stay at Duke a little longer than Katz thinks.

3.  New-Look ACC

A quick rundown of some of the changes you’ll see in the ACC this year.  In the article, here’s what Ole Roy had to say about last year:

“It didn’t bother them that we weren’t any good when they were beating the dickens out of us at Cameron. But if we’re both really good, I think it helps us.”

I suppose Roy may actually have a point.  While 32 point beatdowns are enjoyable, good competition might be nice every once in a while.

4.  Speaking from Experience

Interesting read on JJ Redick as he looks back on his transition from college to the NBA, reflecting on where he is now and giving some advice to the new draftees.

5.  Scheyer and Zoubs to get their shots

Though both went undrafted, Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek have been named to summer league rosters and will get their chances to make it to the NBA.  Best of luck to both of them, as well as to Elliot Williams, drafted 22nd by the Portland Trailblazers!

6.  Duke gets ESPY Nominations

Coach K’s in the running for Best Coach as well as the national championship for Best Game.  Be sure to log on and vote!  (Link included in article.)

Finally, just wanted to give a special thanks to all our readers on Crazie Talk’s 1 year anniversary!  We can’t believe how many followers we’ve gained over the past 12 months.  As always, we encourage you to send us feedback at email@crazie-talk.com!

Watch U.S. U-18 Team Live Tonight, 9 PM ET

UPDATE: The U.S. is in action again tonight against Mexico, a team that was blown out by the Argentines the other day. The stream will likely start closer to 9 P.M. EST. The hyperlink below still works.

Quick hitter here, everyone. The United States Under 18 National Team is competing in the 2010 FIBA Americas Championships for the next several days, and our first official game is tonight, 8 p.m. ET, versus the Virgin Islands.

Thankfully, Americans depressed over today’s soccer loss against Ghana can revel in what should be a dominant performance by the good guys.

FibaAmericas.com is broadcasting tonight’s games from their website. Click the video under “Top Stories” to watch streaming action. You can even go fullscreen! Wow, technology.

2010 commitments Kyrie Irving and Josh Hairston are on the roster, as well as 2011 top prospects Austin Rivers, Quincy Miller, and Amir Williams. This is a great opportunity to see what Irving and Hairston can bring to the table next year—and what 2011’s recruiting haul may look like.

C-T will be covering the action via our twitter. If you enjoyed our live tweets of the NBA Draft the other night, check it out for more humorous and serious coverage while watching the game.

Deviled Eggs: June 21st, 2010

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.


Duke Commits and Targets Shine at USA U18 Trials

Incoming freshmen Kyrie Irving and Josh Hairston will be representing the United States at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Austin Rivers, Quincy Miller, and Amir Williams, all Duke targets in the Class of 2011, will be joining Irving and Hairston on the team.

Duke-UNC Pits Irving-Barnes

Oh, what could have been. Instead of playing on the same side of an absolutely loaded team, Kyrie and Harriet will be pitted against one another in college basketball’s fiercest rivalry. As if Duke-UNC needed any more intrigue.

Smith and Singler are Back for More

Interesting to hear that Nolan would have considered leaving had Kyle declared for the NBA. These guys are something special.

One on One with Elton Brand

Although his career path has not followed the trajectory of his former AAU teammates, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest (both of whom earned themselves NBA Championship rings earlier this week), Elton Brand has still been in the NBA for a decade. He came back to campus to coach at K Academy last week.

Mike G Doin’ Work

2011 commit Mike Gbinije did work this past weekend at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp. He averaged 14 points per contest after measuring at 6’7. He’s flying under the radar, but he looks to be quite the player by the time he arrives in Durham.

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I know, I know, that’s only five…but this absolutely absurd Kyrie Irving mixtape should brighten up your Monday morning.

Oh, and if you can’t get enough of that, you can check out another here. This kid is going to be ridiculous next year.