Taylor King and Elliot Williams Look Like Huge Losses For Duke

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Taylor King and Elliot Williams Look Like Huge Losses For Duke
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Born in California, Taylor King became a tremendous basketball player. In fact, he attended Mater Dei High School where he starred and finished with the third-highest point total in California high school history.

He came to Durham in a 2007 class that included Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, both of whom start for the Blue Devils.

With Demarcus Nelson and Gerald Henderson in Duke's backcourt, King saw minimal minutes during his tenure with the Blue Devils, and logged just 5.5 ppg. in 9.7 mpg.

After weighing his options he opted to transfer to Villanova under Jay Wright.

King, a 6'6 G/F was required to sit out the 08-09 campaign due to NCAA tranfer regulations. In his abscence he watched his Wildcats pummel his former beloved  program, Duke. Villanova demolished the Blue Devils 77-54 in the Sweet 16.

Now Nova's third-leading scorer (11.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.5 rpg) in only two games with his new club, he's an integral part of the team that returns from a Final Four just a season ago.

Duke lacks that true mid-size guy around 6'6, although they have a huge frontcourt. Had King stayed, last year he would've had the opportunity to play big minutes for a small team and possibly kept Duke in better shape over the course of the season.

Taylor King is now primed for stardom and a Final Four while his former team is just Sweet`16 worthy, in the eyes of most.

On the other hand you have Elliot Williams, who was born in Memphis, chose the Blue Devils over his hometown Tigers and John Calapari.

After starting 12 games, Williams worked his way into Coach K's rotation and led Duke to the Sweet 16, averaging 4.2 ppg on the season. Elliot proved he could be a reliable player and he'll be a national star by the time his Senior season rolls around.

After a terrific finish to his freshman year, Williams decided he needed to transfer to be near his mother who was sick. Williams was granted leave by Duke and he recieved a waiver from the NCAA, allowing him to play immediately with a new team.

After Krzyzewski missed out on John Wall for his 2009 Class, Duke was left in steaming hot water.

Junior star Gerald Henderson opted for the NBA Draft, and was selected with the 12th pick by the Charlotte Bobcats.

Duke was left with Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer as the only two legit guards on the roster. If it wasn't for Duke luring in Andre Dawkins, who wasn't expected in Durham for another year, Coach K would be extremely fortunate to make the Sweet 16.

Williams is now the star for his hometown Memphis school.

He scored 19 points in his debut against Jackson State.

In a broad perspective, Duke lost Wall, Williams and Henderson all in a matter of weeks.

From a Duke perspective, fans should be happy for Elliot Williams but Taylor King is now an enemy.

With all that set in stone, Memphis and Kansas will be a great thriller tonight.

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