Next Year's Targets

Here's a brief update on Duke's major targets for next year's class.

Here's a brief update on Duke's major targets for next year's class.

You'll probably notice a theme fairly quickly - they're all midsized, highly athletic players.  Ebi is a bit taller, but his game is still midsized.

  • Luol Deng, 6-7, Blair Academy, Blair N.J.  Duke's favorite, according to our colleague Dave Telep. His court intelligence brings raves, not to mention his athleticism.  He likes Duke, Maryland, Villanova, Syracuse, and Maryland, where his sister plays ball.  Not that it matters much, but there is a coaching transition with the women's program there.
  • Ndubi Ebi, 6-9, Westbury Christian, Houston, TX.  A kid who has been to Duke's camp.  Ebi is a bit bigger than Deng at 6-9.  He's looking closely at Duke, Arizona, and Texas, where he'd play with wunderkid T.J. Ford. 
  • Olu Famutimi, 6-5, Northwestern High, Flint, Michigan  A Corey Maggette-level athlete.  Everyone is interested in this Canadian native, including Auburn, Cincinnati (that may change with Bob Huggins about to go to West Virginia), Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, and Florida.  Lately, Tom Izzo has owned Flint pretty much, but Famutimi doesn't have the ties there that the kids who grew up there do, and so Izzo's magic might fail.  It's an interesting case for Tommy Amaker, who needs to establish himself in the fertile talent beds of urban Detroit.  We could be wrong, but we think this is also the first time that Coach K and former players Quin Snyder (Missouri) and Tommy Amaker have all gone after the same player.

With the camps coming up soon, priorities might change as they often do. One wild card to keep in mind is how much evaluating Coach K can do. As he said, surgery is imminent. We assume he'll either go to see talent first or trust his assistants, or possibly watch a ton of video in rehab. It's certainly an interesting challenge.

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