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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'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)

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 11:21 am

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

So then, do you think we are a lock for getting Xavier Henry?

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 11:17 am

No UCLA on List

I am surprised to see Ben Howland with none of these top 20 recruits thus far. He has done an amazing job bringing in talent since coming to UCLA. I won't be surprised if a few of these top athletes fall to him eventually.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 11:06 am

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Another person with reading comprehension issues!

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2008 10:42 am

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

The answer to #3 is anyone on the list has a chance at the NBA unless they committ to Duke.  Coach K has this knack of making kids drink the juice to become a great college player with a great chance of winning NCAA titles.  However once their four years are over his prospects haven't received ANY coaching support to get them ready for the next level.  If you don't  believe me take a look for yourself at the dozens of McDonald's All American's who have attended Duke in the past couple of decades that have amounted to nothing.  Sure there are a handful of good NBA players who have come out of Duke (Brand, Hill and a couple others).  But, the majority of the highly touted Dukies tend to fizzle out in college or over in International leagues. 

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2008 10:36 am

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

i dont think little hansborough was quite good enough to play at unc, he would have had to been a walk-on and probably would have never seen the hardwood except for in garbage time had he done that

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2008 10:27 am

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Hey Mr. Parrish. I was wondering what your thoughts on Kenny Boynton are. I've been hearing it's down to Duke and Florida for a while, but then recently I heard there might be a couple other schools in the mix.

Do you think there is a front runner and when do you think he will announce?

I heard he looked really good in summer competition and held his own against some top opponents. I think UF has a good chance to grab him, but I don't think it's anywhere near a sure thing.


Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 8:59 am

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Dominic Cheek, John Wall and Derek Favors are all going to Midnight Madness in Memphis next Friday.  It's looking good for the Tigers!  I can't imagine Xavier Henry not ending up at Memphis since his brother CJ is there.  Then again, Little Hansborough went to Mississippi State so you never know how much family connection means. 

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2008 10:21 pm

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Here are the answers to your questions, Cavr#1 ...

1. The recruits graduate high school in 2009 and will be freshmen in college in the 2009-2010 season.

2. Off the top of my head, Favors is considering Georgia, Georgia Tech and others, Wall is considering Memphis, Kansas, Baylor and others, Henry is down to Memphis and Kansas, Sidney is considering USC and others, Stephenson is considering St. John's and others, Orton is considering Kentucky and others, Cheek has a long list that includes Villanova, Kansas, Memphis, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Seton Hall and Robinson is pretty much down to Kansas and Memphis.

3. I'd say at least the top seven have one-and-done potential.

4. The list is from


Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2008 10:19 pm

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

I agree Chrisper, Barnes has been recruiting on a fever pitch this year. It should be another fun year for the  Longhorns!

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2008 9:54 pm

Kelly to Duke; Hamilton to Texas

Barnes has done a great job recruiting so far this year. He's definitely making up for last years mediocre class...

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