Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Duke 12/20/08

It finally came to pass this long talked about game with Duke on a neutral court. Should be a good one. They have four returning starters and one of the top coaches in the game. Interesting in that they approached us for the game. They have four returning starters but I seem to remember many comments last NCAA tournament about them being 'soft' on the inside. Maybe that is why 6'2" Joe Mazzulla from West Virginia was able to snare 11 boards against them in the second round of the tournament? However they always reload and I am sure they have some blue chip front line talent waiting in the wings.

Well I was correct on the 'Hammer' to the Pacers summer league team but missed JDunc to the Heat. That probably isn't the best spot for him. I think he would have had a better chance of sticking with the Jazz and Wizards but either way he has a lot of work to do.

I also saw that for sure West Virginia and big bad Bob will be coming to town. No exact date yet but that game will obviously generate a lot of fan interest. I would love to have a ticket to that one.

Also starting Sunday the adidastake5 classic will be held at UC. This was an interesting AAU event last year. Adidas is trying to make the summer recruiting meat market more team oriented. Last year I saw Redford briefly on the first day with the Michigan Mustangs. I also spotted Tyler Zeller, Yancy Gates, BJ Mullens and a host of others. It is really hard to stay on top of the action because they run 4 courts at once. The coolest thing was getting to see all the coaches there. Billy Donovan, Bruce Pearl, and Mike Anderson were all highlights last year not too mention many, many more. If you are looking for something to do and love basketball I would highly recommend it.

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