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Duke picks up another five-star

Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 9:08 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

As first reported by NY2LASports, junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon has committed to Duke. The news was confirmed to by a source close to Sulaimon and his family.

Days after picking up a commitment from forward Alex Murphy, the Blue Devils nabbed another five-star player in Sulaimon.

The 6-foot-3 prospect from Strake Jesuit College Prep (Tex.) visited the Durham campus for Duke’s comeback win over North Carolina on Wednesday night.

While Murphy is more of a versatile point-forward, Sulaimon is a pure scorer. He has deep range and a quick release on his 3-point shot and also knows how to get to the basket. Sulaimon is aggressive and is capable of huge games if he gets hot. He also continues to get better, and will be an immediate impact player when he arrives on campus.

Duke is still in the mix for top-five prospect Shabazz Muhammad in the 2012 class.

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Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2011 12:20 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

I'll agree.  A  lot of people are commenting without actually looking at the track record.  Not every player should jump into the NBA when their name is on the radar.  For the borderline players,  there's always a chance that they fall out of draft entirely.  
Let's not get into the argument of "student athletes".  These teens aren't given scholarships for their mental capacity (and that's not to say that many of them aren't bright individuals).  

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2011 5:11 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

I said coach k someone convices kids to stay, which keeps them another year away from making millions, I find that a little selfish instead of telling these kids that they should go to the nba when the first chance is available and set themselves up for life, and their families.
First of all, you know nothing about Coach Krzyzewski. So just stop with you're speculation about how he handles the players that come to Duke University.

Why should they go to the NBA the first chance they get? In all probabilty they would improve thier draft status if they stay in College longer. I guess you are thinking they could have a career ending injury???? Maybe, but is very rare for a College Basketball player to suffer a injury of that magnitude. Football is a whole different story.

These kids are supposed to be student/athletes, not the other way around.

I know everybody hates Dickie V. But he quoted someone today, while I was watching the OSU/Whisky game. I am not sure who was quoting, but it went something like this...

"In College Basketball, you play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back"

I could'nt agree more!

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2011 2:46 am

Duke picks up another five-star

Get out a dictionary.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:42 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

Good one skullface, you just beat me in my response to cuseman...LOLLaughing

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:40 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

Your right cusemanchild, why would anyone want to play in the conference that has one 5 National Championships since 2000? Oh, and the Big East, only 2... you  need to lay off the koolaid

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:38 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

Wow so much ignorance in this thread!!!!
Coach K is selfish? Talks his players into playing more years? Coach K looks after his players and their best interest. He is probably one of the top level coaches that gets the best input on where players will be drafted and lets them and their family's know, and always has their best interest in mind. Have you not seen it over and over this year with Kyrie? All he says is their main concern is his future, not his future in basketball at Duke. I don't think coach K has ever asked a player that would be in the top 15 to come back. If you think so, name them!

If Kyrie comes back, something is fishy? Why is that? Because he actaully might enjoy the time he is having or the ability to learn from one of or the best ever? Contrary to what you believe, not every blue chipper is crazy money hungry. Some enjoy their time at school, learning, having fun, living the life of a normal college kid. Tim Duncan could have left his freshman year, he was going to be #1 pick for 2 years in a row, stayed all 4 years in school. Jason Williams stayed a extra year and had fun and got his degree before leaving early. Look at the gators team that won back to back, those players came back to do that, and loved every minute of it. How bout when lawson and hansboro came back? they did it to win a national title. You can tell Kyrie Irving loves basketball, and you can see that it is killing him not being out there right now. I don't think hes coming back, but if he did, not that big of a shocker. He will be a top 3 pick any year he wants to go.

Duke picks up another five-star

I question the heart of any five star recruit that wants to play at any ACC school. Seems to me you would want to play against the best competition so that you can ready yourself for the next level and the ACC is terrible.

-You my friend are a complete idiot. If you haven't noticed, Duke and Unc put more NBA product out there then any team except Uconn. Last I looked Duke had more NBA starters then anyone, I am not sure if still so but def 2nd or 3rd. GT, as bad as they are somehow, puts one to two players in their every year it seems. If the ACC is so terrible, tell me why, of the last 5 out of 10 national championships have come from the ACC? Are you even serious with your post? This is the most asinine thing I have seen today and I have read a lot of post on this slow day at work. 

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:24 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

I question the heart of any five star recruit that wants to play at any ACC school. Seems to me you would want to play against the best competition so that you can ready yourself for the next level and the ACC is terrible.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:28 pm

Duke picks up another five-star


A few things...

I don't think you can rationalize things away by using "in legalistic terms" as a qualifier.  In the grand scheme of things, very few schools have had to vacate a Final 4 berth over the years, but Cal is now associated with two of them at two different schools.  At best he operates on the very fringe of legal/ethical, and IMO, he gets burned when things go over that line (whether he knew about it or not).  It's his choice to occupy that role and IMO, he's a lightening rod because of it - not much different than Tark back in the day.  As a quick aside and to put things in perspective, I'm not naive enough to think that every major program has operated 100% ethically, legally, etc. over the years, including the Duke hoops program. 

I do agree that the one and done rule is awful.  Either get rid of it entirely or make it a 2-yr minimum (in theory a kid can get his associates degree in 2 years if he's legitimately attending a school to at least learn a few things).

No comment on the Kanter issue - I don't know enough about all the details to offer an informed opinion.

One small correction about the '92 Duke/UK classic - it was at the Philly Spectrum...Laettner hit his other Elite 8 buzzer beater two years earlier against UConn at the Meadowlands.  Thank you for remembering those things about K with respect to Ledford...K was very empathetic to the UK program that night (including Richie Farmer).  Nearly 20 years later, I think most would agree that it is the greatest college game ever played.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:47 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

"By my consensus"

What does this mean? :)

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:42 pm

Duke picks up another five-star

Okay, you say Cal's never been to the Final Four in legalistic terms. The Camby situation is one probably in that day and age no coach would've known about and down deep we probably all know those type of "payments" take place today.

The Rose situation is totally different. The NCAA's Clearinghouse cleared Rose not once, but twice, to be eligible to play for Memphis. That vacated trip to the Final Four isn't on Cal's resume it's on the NCAA.

I agree about the team with the most raw talent doesn't win the NCAA (witness last year). As a matter of fact I'd say the most talented team rarely wins it all because basketball is a total team effort. I mean last year shows that two solid teams, not great teams, made it to the national title game. Two great teams, Kansas and Kentucky, did not.

I am a huge Kentucky fan and believe if Enes Kanter would have been at any other school this year he'd have been ruled eligible. I beleive the NCAA took a swipe a Coach Cal in this ruling. I also believe college hoops would be much better off without the one-and-done being allowed.

BTW, in an ironic twist Duke is my second favorite team. Most Kentucky fans hate Duke, but I never did as what Coach K did after beating Kentucky at The Meadowlands in 1992 was classy. He got on the UK radio network with Cawood Ledford and told UK fans how proud they should be of there team. Coach K is a competitor who wins and loses with class. My oldest son went to Duke and that's when they moved into my No. 2 slot as prior to that it was Kentucky and no room for any other team.

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