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Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Posted on: October 9, 2008 6:59 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2008 7:04 pm
 

Two elite prospects came off the board Thursday when Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hamilton announced their destinations.

Kelly is a 6-10 power forward from North Carolina ranked 11th in the Class of 2009. He picked Duke. Hamilton is a 6-7 small forward from California ranked 13th in the Class of 2009. He picked Texas. That means the Blue Devils and Longhorns now both have commitments from multiple top 20 prospects.

Here's an updated look at Scout.com's top 20 from the Class of 2009 ...

(Note: North Carolina, Duke and Texas are the only programs with multiple Top 20 prospects.)

1. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)

2. John Wall (uncommitted)

3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

4. Xavier Henry (uncommitted)

5. Renardo Sidney (uncommitted)

6. DeMarcus Cousins (committed to UAB)

7. Lance Stephenson (uncommitted)

8. Kenny Boynton (uncommitted)

9. Abdul Gaddy (committed to Arizona)

10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas)

11. Ryan Kelly (committed to Duke)

12. Daniel Orton (uncommitted)

13. Jordan Hamilton (committed to Texas)

14. Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)

15. Dominic Cheek (uncommitted)

16. Wally Judge (committed to Kansas State)

17. Dante Taylor (committed to Pittsburgh)

18. Dexter Strickland (committed to North Carolina)

19. Mason Plumlee (committed to Duke)

20. Thomas Robinson (uncommitted)

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Comments

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 2:05 pm
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Rico....

Wake up! Don't you know that Howland signed 5 players this year that were rated in the top 50!

UNC is in a similar situation, they have a great returning team and aren't losing anyone. So for the current year they didn't sign ANYONE. However, their next two recruiting classes are killers.

UCLA wiil probably end up with at least one or two top 100 players for 2009 before the year is out, but it might not happen until VERY late because some recruits are waiting to see who will be where and what the competion might be for PT.




Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 2:00 pm
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

CAVS -

check out rivals.com - it lists where all the top h.s. prospects are either considering, or where they have already committed to, in their respective sports.

 




Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2008 1:39 pm
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

GoHeels, Henry isn't coming to UNC. They pretty much gave up on him/he gave up on them almost a year ago. Scout.com is simply out of date with respect to that. Its down to Kansas and Memphsis.




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2008 1:10 pm
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Speaking of following something with a "dumb" responce...I'd like to insert my foot in my mouth for the "no one has responded" comment...at least it's Friday...



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2008 1:06 pm
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

I can only help you with two or three but I thought I'd respond since no one has said anything yet...

 

1.  These recruits are for next season (so they will be fresshman in 09-10 like you were asking)

2. All I know is one of the schools Xavier Henry is considering is UNC (sorry but I'm a UNC Grad so I only really follow those kids)

3.  I think it is safe to say almost all of these guys have 1 and done potential but as far as your concerned as a Duke fan, I would just worry about Kelly...

4.     Click on BB recruits and sort by class...that should give you a good run-down on your programs prospects.  If you're curious about recruits in general just go to and that will tell you all you need to know....

Hey, Every once and a while I try to lend a fellow tobacco road rival a hand...until basketball season




Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 1:03 pm
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

This is a very outdated and lazy comment. this kind of talk still reeks of the "failures" of danny ferry and cristian laettner. i would do a little research and see which college programs have the most players in the NBA right now.

since you are lazy, however, i'll do it for you: (this was on the opening rosters from 2007-2008)

School     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;   In NBA
Connecticut    
      
;     &nbs
p; 13
Duke     &
nbsp;     
      
;     &nbs
p; 12
North Carolina    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   12
Arizona    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;    10
Florida    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;    10
Kentucky    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;   10
UCLA     &
nbsp;     
      
;     &nbs
p; 10
Kansas     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;      8
Michigan St.     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     8
Georgia Tech     &
nbsp;     
      7
Texas     
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp; 7
LSU     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
      
;   6
Maryland    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;    6
Memphis    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     6
Stanford    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;    6
Syracuse    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;    6
Alabama    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;     5
California    &
nbsp;     
      
;   5
DePaul     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;      5
Georgetown    &
nbsp;     
      
;   5
Oklahoma St.     &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     5

Now, i suppose you can say what you want about the quality of the duke players compared to other schools, but the comment,

 "once their four years are over his prospects haven't received ANY coaching support to get them ready for the next level"

makes you look very uninformed if you look at the above list.




Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2008 12:17 pm
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Please don't follow a question this stupid:

"Are these recruits for this season or the 2009-10 season?"

With:

"Thanks for the info, as I ama HUGE Duke fan."

***NEWSFLASH***

School starts in early September, genius.

It's almost mid October ... how could these possibly be recruits for THIS season???




Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2008 11:36 am
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

cavsr#1 please don't lie. If you were a "HUGE" fan of any college team you would already have known the answers to these questions.

Here is what your statement should have said:

Thanks for the info, as I am a BANDWAGON Duke fan.

(don't be upset, most dook fans are the same way).




Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 11:27 am
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

You are so right as was the poster you responded to.  Which brings me to this question: How does Coach K ever get ANY recruits? Isn't the point of college basketball (for the players) to get NBA ready?



Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 11:24 am
 

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Not sure why Duke is being singled out for not developing players for the NBA.  First, I don't believe it is the responsibility of any college coach to dedicate time to geting these guys ready for the NBA.  They are responsible for coaching them to perform within the team concept of the respective school they are attending.  For those players that are "NBA-ready" they are usually one-and-done anyway.  The reality is Coach K didn't recruit players for years that had the potential to jump straight to the pros.  I believe Brand (along with Maggette and Avery) were the first underclassmen he lost - since then he has had to change his recruiting efforts.  Brand and Hill are mentioned as example of the limited number of Blue Devils that have had success at the next level - presently, there are a few other guys that are doing pretty well: Boozer, Battier, and Deng.  Maggette and Dunleavy have also had serviceable careers.  Bottom line, there are twelve former Blue Devils on NBA rosters right now.  That is the same number as players from Carolina or UCLA, one less than Kentucky, two less than Kansas.  The program doesn't define NBA readiness or NBA preparedness, the players do.


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