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Men's Basketball » Jon Rothstein A10 Breakdown - Dukes 9th in Preseason Ranking » 7/09/2024 7:48 pm

Rayrich
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Rothstein is nothing but a pawn for the Power 5 schools. Got way too much on his plate to be analyzing "ANY" mid major conference team. I'm kind of glad he does these half hearted, little research analysis. Not that this team with it's talent needs any silly prognogstications from someone not paying attention, but any extra motivation and bulletin board material is good. People are going to realize that Dinkins, Corbett, Williams, and Wilborn are more than legit this year. With the six returning players who got real time last year, and the addition of Hall, Crawford, and Edwards along with aforementioned group just wow man. Can't wait to see what coach Joyce does with this group.

Men's Basketball » Quite time now » 6/11/2024 8:24 pm

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Chingachgook 1826 wrote:

Rayrich wrote:

Wilborn is a center not a power forward. A beast with a very high ceiling. Corbett is 6-7, but plays like a 6-9 guy averaging over 7 rebounds a game. Both future NBA'er. Add Dixon, Barre, Necas, Williams, Edwards, and Crawford (all solid rebounders) to the mix and rebounding wont be a worry. The only worry on this team is keeping guys happy. The sky is the limit. Not a team in D-1 that has this much talent 1-13 in their lineup. Dru knows what he's doing.

Rayrich
I admire your passion for the Dukes. It appears that I hit a nerve suggesting that it would be beneficial for the Dukes to add a large body experienced center. I suggest you read my post without the passion however. I love Dru,
I believe I praise the team he has assembled, I praise the athleticism of our forwards, but I agree with Coffee that we are thin at center and suggest that we would benefit by bringing in a big body to spell the talented tall forwards we will be playing at center.
Corbett at 6'7 is a forward in the Atlantic 10. If not, he is a forward playing at center (as I said). And It will be great if he averages 7 rebounds but...
Regarding your emphatic statement that quote=Rayrich]Wilborn is a center not a power forward." While I do believe he may play like a beast ( and do hope he does) your belief that he is a center is mistaken--he has been a forward and will probably continue to play at forward (unless they play him as a natural forward at center--my opinion you may recall--talented tall forwards playing center.
Want proof that Wilborn is a forward?
The following identify him as a 6'8 forward:
ESPN.com
Sports-reference.com
cbssports.com (CBS)
X-basketthoops.com
basketballreaigm.com
r/collegebasketball (Reddit)
tribdem.com
pittsburghsportsnow.com
yardbarker.com
nytimes.com (yes, that New York Times)
Wikipedia (it lists the Red Flash roster)
hudl.com
sportsdatausatoday.com (That USA pub)

And last, but certainly not least:
the St Francis of Loret

Men's Basketball » Brandon Hall » 6/11/2024 7:39 pm

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Reminds one of Jimmy no doubt. Looks like the real deal with his athleticism and being previously recruited by ETSU which has always been a competitive mid majors program. Chicago kid which kind of blends in with Corbett and Rozier. 

Men's Basketball » Quite time now » 6/06/2024 9:04 pm

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Wilborn is a center not a power forward. A beast with a very high ceiling. Corbett is 6-7, but plays like a 6-9 guy averaging over 7 rebounds a game. Both future NBA'er. Add Dixon, Barre, Necas, Williams, Edwards, and Crawford (all solid rebounders) to the mix and rebounding wont be a worry. The only worry on this team is keeping guys happy. The sky is the limit. Not a team in D-1 that has this much talent 1-13 in their lineup. Dru knows what he's doing.

Men's Basketball » Transfer Ratings » 5/07/2024 8:10 pm

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Not many power 5 or 6 schools with this much talent and depth. Coach Joyce knows what he is doing. We have Top 25 written all over this team. Going to make some serious noise next season. This team has a lot of chips on their shoulders, Corbett, Dinkins, Crawford,  Williams, Edwards, Necas, Hronsky, Dimichele, Dixon, Barre, and Rozier. Pretty loaded.

Men's Basketball » Transfer Ratings » 5/07/2024 7:52 pm

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CLK wrote:

Dru has done a terrific job in rebuilding last year's championship team that lost 9 players, including our two top scorers and three others that played significant minutes.  The 5 guys he added no doubt will play, some more than others, and I don't believe he is done recruiting yet. 

Now back to my original post that generated such a strong response.  Any coach worth is pay is constantly trying to bring in better players each year.  Just like in the real world, nothing is guaranteed.  Last year Jake was our starting SF.  He was also one of are better defenders as a freshman with a team filled with 5th year players.  He is still developing and tough as nails.  Will he be able to hold on to his starting job? I think that is to be determined.   Let's put it this way, I would not bet against him.  

Jake should start, and given an athletic scholarship no matter how much of an academic scholarship he's given. He has earned it. He's a winner and proved it. The Dukes would have never gotten to the dance without him. He, Rozier, Necas, Hronsky, Dixon, and Barre. These guys are the heart of the team. I don't think Coach Joyce will be promising any of the incoming portal transfers more than 20-25 minutes a game. All about winning. As much as I love the incoming five I do  love the returning six even more. They've done it.
 

Men's Basketball » Maximus Edwards is a Duke » 5/06/2024 7:11 pm

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FAM wrote:

Where the chalk coach?

Bluffhunter posted earlier in the chalk toss thread that coach did a toss at 4PM today.
 

Men's Basketball » Maximus Edwards is a Duke » 5/06/2024 6:45 pm

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CLK wrote:

Really solid pickup for the Dukes. Max brings A10 experience. Going to be some serious competition for playing time.

I was thinking the same thing with 12 very talented players deep and a bunch of 6-4 and 6-5 types in DiMichele, Crawford, Williams, and Edwards. Gonna be crazy. 
 

Men's Basketball » Visits This Week » 5/06/2024 6:41 pm

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NapaDuke wrote:

NapaDuke wrote:

I just finished the PGH Half-Marathon and walked back to my hotel next to the Penguins arena  next to  DU campus , and walked right into, face to face,  with " Coach Dru",  and his two recruits, plus all  the Dukes coming back next year??? " MGA",. I just said " Coach Dru",  It's you!  He is such a great coach, he asked me about my race? In a way he really cared. Then he introduced both these  two recruits. I was amazed, first that he cared about my race, then said he was showing these kids our Campus. This coach is a real winner. Oh, at 70, my time really sucked. But seeing Coach Dru, was more then timeless.And these two recruits are studs. Nice day for me. Coach Dru is way more impressive face to face then in the press.

Coach Dru, nor the Dukes player, nor the two recruits could see my race bib, but if they did,  my last name is James.But lucky, it was covered by my wind-breaker.  Yep. I am so amazed Mike James played for DU. Shane James, and Eric James, but like all of us, we really want to see  two more James to show up at DU. But, just by luck, I didn't have to bring up the topic? Coach Dru may or may not get Bronny. But, for me, it's not the name, it's the kids character, and I really believe, Bronny is a true winner. And just a plus to me kind of personnally, But, I really like his last name. Just maybe it's me, but just saying,  James got a kind of ring to it? . LOL.

Awesome Napa. Congrats on doing a half marathon at 70! I was a miler and cross country guy myself in HS and College. At 59 I still try to do a couple sprints everyday myself albeit they're more like jogs. Five knee surgeries later. So cool you met coach and the visiting players. 

 

Men's Basketball » Dru Joyce cryptic chalk toss tweet @ DuqMBB » 5/06/2024 6:36 pm

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townsonkid wrote:

Is Edwards PG capable?

He like Crawford could probably spell a bit at PG if need be much like Jimmy did, but I think the Dukes are well set with Dinkins, Rozier, and the frosh Aekins. Edwards seems like more a 3 or 4 as he averaged 6.6 rebounds last season. He was A-10 rookie of the year two seasons ago I believe. 
 

Men's Basketball » Dru Joyce cryptic chalk toss tweet @ DuqMBB » 5/06/2024 4:54 pm

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Max Edwards! Didn't see that coming. Great pick up. Dukes totally loaded with 6-4 to 6-7 all around solid players. Still hoping for a center like the big guy from St. Francis Pa.

Men's Basketball » Visits This Week » 5/03/2024 4:55 pm

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levon1975 wrote:

I’m very impressed with the Amre Marshall’s offensive capabilities, especially his range on the three-ball. He also looks like a strong player.

He's very impressive. Not a guy that shies away from contact. Can drive, dish, and rebound like a 6-7 guy. High basketball IQ. Wish we could get both him and Foster somehow, but not sure if we have one or two schollies left. If we got one of these two we'll be set big time with Corbett, Dinkins, Williams, and Crawford and the returning six. Toughest part of Dru's job will be allocating minutes much like it was toughest part of Dambrot's job. I and others criticized KD for not using Savrasov more, but in the end he knew what he was doing. 

Men's Basketball » Visits This Week » 5/03/2024 3:24 pm

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Still hoping to get a visit from the Monmouth center unless of course he has signed elsewhere already. I saw on one site that Foster was in the top 100 of players in the portal. Good size and really nifty around the hoop. Think he played center a bit for the Redbirds much like Williams did for the Dukes. Also, don't think we can go wrong by signing Marshall from UAlbany. He's a player. I live an hour north from Albany and saw him play quite a bit this past season. Does anybody know the status of the kid from Idaho State that the Dukes were interested in? Thanks as always CLK for your great work as well as the other fans on this board contributing good bits of info in this off season. Go Dukes exciting times no doubt.

Men's Basketball » Transfer portal rankings » 4/29/2024 6:48 am

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yak-rbc wrote:

this is not tristan freman's creation but the twitter account SBUnfurled's

You are correct. I should have explained that
 

Men's Basketball » Transfer portal rankings » 4/28/2024 8:04 pm

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Motor wrote:

Rayrich wrote:

Thanks for posting this pretty cool
When I refreshed the link we moved up to #Six

The next question is will we add two more where will we stand?
Go Dukes

Yes thought the same when I posted on Freeman's site that we may leap frog a couple with our next signing. Either way, the Dukes are in the best of places right now. 
 

Men's Basketball » Transfer portal rankings » 4/28/2024 6:45 pm

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Don't take much creedence in these rankings or how they were evaluated, but was thinking to myself how many D-1 teams have picked up this quality of talent. Speaks volumes, but I think the returning main core will be the key and the glue if it all comes together next season, Wan't to see a lot of minutes from the returnees. That's when we'll know we're doing well. The challenge for Dru is that he'll have the most talented squad 1-13 in terms of depth in the country. Go Dukes! This is the site, but you'll have to go team portal rankings instead of individual players to see the Dukes are ranked 7th in the entire country.  Thanks to Tristan Freeman for the twitter post.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Qa3Fd5fpW9_72RGCBQLMmuvQRjXn4eiwAWLYtGQJYKE/edit#gid=518849194

Men's Basketball » New signings » 4/25/2024 7:44 pm

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NapaDuke wrote:

Styles1229 wrote:

Rayrich wrote:

I've always been a bit of a weirdo of a College BBall fan most of my entire adult life. I've watched pretty much every Chicago State bball game possible that was on ESPN plus the past 3 years. Cardet and especially Corbett were a treat to watch. This was the best possible pick up for the Dukes. The guy is extremely tough, athletic, and has a huge bball IQ. Trust me. He was the one guy I wanted over any in the portal. He'll be in the NBA one day soon. If you get a chance watch the Bobcats game against Northwestern this past season where they went in there and won. You'll be impressed.

I am very excited after reading this. Sounds like a man who knows what he’s talking about. Last year I thought Savrasov and Dusan would be our big gets and I was not excited at all about F Drame. But it shook out all different so I won’t get too high or low until they hit the floor

No one thought that Dae Dae and Clark would be that good to help us win the A-10 either. One from a MAC school and the other from a Junior college. It's more important that they blend into a winning team. I think both kids are great additions to a great team.

Agree. Love to pick up a big or two to close it out. We are in a upswing in terms of the program. Exciting times.

Men's Basketball » Jahsean Corbett Commits » 4/25/2024 6:50 pm

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DuqLaw95 wrote:

Anyone know what other offers he had, who else he was considering?

Wouldn't worry about that. A guy coming from Chicago State most power 5 or 6 schools wouldn't bother to have him on their radar, but I'm sure some did, but the Dukes won out on this one. Thankfully, Dru and the staff knew what they were doing here. Corbett gonna be a favorite on the bluff. Perfect size, athleticism, totally relentless, couldn't care who he's up against, chip on the shoulder, yadda, yadda, yadda. Future NBA guy. Just a great pick up. Go Dukes!

Men's Basketball » New signings » 4/25/2024 5:41 pm

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I've always been a bit of a weirdo of a College BBall fan most of my entire adult life. I've watched pretty much every Chicago State bball game possible that was on ESPN plus the past 3 years. Cardet and especially Corbett were a treat to watch. This was the best possible pick up for the Dukes. The guy is extremely tough, athletic, and has a huge bball IQ. Trust me. He was the one guy I wanted over any in the portal. He'll be in the NBA one day soon. If you get a chance watch the Bobcats game against Northwestern this past season where they went in there and won. You'll be impressed.

Men's Basketball » New signings » 4/25/2024 5:28 pm

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Styles1229 wrote:

MikeR wrote:

FAM wrote:

That’s not healthy Where did they sign?

Casey signed to SLU. I'm not sure who of the other official visits signed with an A10 team as Styles mentioned.

 

I was just told by a friend who follows recruiting closely that 3 committed elsewhere and 2 to A-10 schools. He is always very reliable in these matters so I believe it but I didn’t ask who. Also, I did not state that as an indictment of DU recruiting, just as information in case someone was waiting to hear if the “visitors” would sign with us. I believe, when it comes to the portal, that there is more than enough to go around for everybody (except maybe Centers who can score) and it is about finding the right fit for their game - not necessarily the school. Even with the Corbett signing I feel like we still need the “straw to stir the drink”. I like all the pieces right now - but we still need that first team A-10 type guard to make it all work. After the season we just had, I thought we would land him.

Think that's Dinkins. Was recruited by quite a few P-6 schools including Indiana, Miami, and Xavier. I think were good with him, Crawford, and Rozier running the point. Just need another center and power forward at this point. Talent wise this team is in the top 50 right now barring the additional pick ups. 
 

Basketball Recruiting » Official Visits - Up to Date Tracking and Decisions » 4/25/2024 5:01 pm

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BluffHunter wrote:

El Presidente wrote:

Would have loved to see Casey here but instead the Billikens get him. Ouch!

SLU is definitely leading the A10 in portal pickups this offseason. Loyola has made some scary moves too.

Dukes right there with them at this point.

Men's Basketball » Jahsean Corbett Commits » 4/25/2024 4:39 pm

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Awesome! I remember when Townsonkid said if he or Cardet (the other guard from Chicago State) go into the portal the Dukes should try to nab them and they did. Corbett is an absolute stud. Rebounds, drives to the hoop, and plays defense just ask Northwestern. Cardet declared for the NBA draft, but he may still become available. That would be interesting. What a pick up in Corbett. Nab the Monmouth or Idaho State center and we are good to go big time.

Men's Basketball » Canisius Guard Tre Dinkins Commits to Duquesne » 4/24/2024 7:50 pm

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The one guy they absolutely needed to get and they got him. Great pick up. Hoping Corbett is next. Go Dukes! Tonight was a good night with Crawford and Dinkins coming aboard.

Men's Basketball » Duquesne vs. BYU FULL REPLAY » 4/23/2024 7:48 pm

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I will love this team forever. First NCAA win in 55 years. Let's get back there next year and win more than one next time. The table has been set lets start eating.

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