Two Targets On The Wing

Duke is in the market for a wing player to go with the Six Pack of stars they just signed, and fortunately, there are a lot of great wings available this time around

Duke is in the market for a wing player to go with the Six Pack of stars they just signed, and fortunately, there are a lot of great wings available this time around.   Here are some brief notes on two of them.

Olu Famutimi is a name you'll probably be hearing a lot, and for people like us, who have to write it, it's like K or Wojo - it takes some practice.  We still can't spell Wojo's full name. 

Famutimi, 6-6, is  from all accounts is an extremely athletic player, often compared to Corey Maggette, who is still probably the best pure athlete to play at Duke. In Maggette's case, unfortunately, he still has yet to master a lot of the basics of the game.

Prep Spotlight compared Famutimi to Clyde Drexler, who was pretty spectacular in his day.  Prep Stars says he has three point range and Dave Telep rated him #20 in the class of 2003.

Famutimi started his career in Toronto but has since transferred to Detroit's Northwestern High. Playing in Detroit is bound to accelerate the development of his game, since it is one of the truly great basketball towns in the U.S., at least as far as high school goes.  His athleticism is intense, and he is said to have a superb work ethic.

Brian Randle is another kid Duke is looking at. He attends Notre Dame High in Peoria, and plays summer ball for the St. Louis Eagles. He's also an athletic kid and is said to have good basketball abilities. On a slightly negative note, he was T'd up in a summer game for taunting another player, Mike Applegate.  Some players have gotten mildly bad raps for that sort of thing - a certain Florida signee springs to mind - but high school, frankly, is all about immaturity. You should have room to be immature there to some extent.

And of course we have already briefly discussed Luol Deng. 

Last year, Duke went 6-6 with their recruiting targets, which is almost impossible. This year, fortunately, if the first wing target is missed, there are players who can offer almost precisely as much talent.

We'll have more soon on all three of these players.

 


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