College Basketball Recruiting Scoop: Whispers on Duke, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky

Kevin BergerCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates after he cut down a piece of the net following their 61-59 win against the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Cory Joseph

Well, as expected, there has not been any communication out of the Cory Joseph camp. Not a word.

The Jordan game allowed him an opportunity to showcase his skills on ESPN2 in front of the millions of viewers.

How do you think he played? I, for one, think that he had a very subpar-to-average game. There were several plays where he looked out of control. The jumper was not falling and his floor game was not at all impressive.

CJ is going to struggle to blow by experienced on-ball defenders at the collegiate level, so the ball-screen game will need to be a staple wherever Joseph ends up. Especially if that team wants him on the ball.

Stay tuned, as we have a pretty good feel for what school CJ may be choosing. Though Texas coaches are concerned about the lack of communication lately from Joseph, he may just be clearing his mind for a final decision.

Still, you have to wonder when a coach starts to doubt his own school’s chances. One thing we do know—and Joseph knows as well—is UT needs a point guard, and the Longhorns will showcase him at that position. But based on our evaluation, CJ may not be the immediate solution that DJ Augustin or TJ Ford had offered.

Yet, in the end, we still think it'll be Texas—and what a welcomed addition he will be for UT's chaotic backcourt. It looks like Bradley to the Association is 90 percent certain at this point, which will help the Longhorns' chances more than people think.

So here are CJ's prospects if he indeed chooses Texas—if he's an instant hit at the point for Texas his freshman year, then he'll be able to jump to the NBA without a problem. Running the lead guard is the only knock on CJ at this stage.

If he has a so-so freshman campaign, then Myck Kabongo’s arrival will give CJ the option to stay in school and slide over to the 2 and further highlight his strengths alongside MK, since a shooting/combo guard role would be a better fit for Joseph’s skill set. He has to salivate at the thought of going against the opponent’s second-best defender night-in and night-out when playing with Kabongo.

It also gives him an extra year to play with close friend Tristan Thompson. Another win-win.

This has to be Texas’ sales pitch. Even if it must be sent by carrier pigeon.


A Great Week for Kansas

The Jayhawks landed Josh Selby and Zach Peters.

Not sure if you had the volume on loud during the Jordan game, but we heard the announcers reiterate exactly what we have been saying about Selby. There may not be a tougher and more athletic players in his class.

The Jayhawks are in for a real treat.

We also hear that Terrance Jones is expected to make a trip to Lawrence very soon. He and Selby were very close at the Jordan Game. Not exactly sure how this will pan out, but to get a player like Jones on campus this late in the game is a very good sign.

As a bonus prize, the Jayhawks then went on to lock up a talented big man in Peters yesterday. It’s a heck of a class Bill Self has already put together, and Peters was a guy Texas really coveted. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for with hoops IQ and fundamentals. He’ll make an impact in Lawrence.


Austin Rivers

Duke is having its annual basketball banquet this week, and it’s no secret who will be in attendance—Doc’s kid, of course. He’s insinuated all along that he wants to make a decision toward the end of the summer, though we think it will go down sooner rather than later.

Besides, spending time with all the former players, current guys on the roster, and potential future teammates will surely drive home what’s been in his heart since March, when he first started having doubts about Florida. And having that flashy Coach K guy around sporting some fresh NCAA bling might not hurt, either.



Well, "Don" Calipari is at it again. Should we just start calling him The Godfather? He has only one day left on the recruiting circuit before he and his staff have to lay low until their June camps and the open recruiting period in July. Calipari and his staff were at Dallas Lincoln High School on Wednesday to visit LeBryan Nash.

It’s hard to believe, but it looks like Cal is putting together an even better 2011 class than his current roster. Mike Gilchrist has already committed to Kentucky. If Nash commits as well, then this will be yet another class loaded with elite level, take-me-to-the-Final Four talent.

Oh, and the No. 2 point guard in the 2011 class, Marquis Teague, is announcing his decision this afternoon at 1:30.

Guess who is in the mix? So do you Wildcat fans think Cal was an upgrade over Billy Clyde Gillispie?

We were surprised not to see any Texas coaches in the building. Has "Slick Rick" lost some shine on the recruiting trail after Texas’ collapse this year? Not likely, as these kids have short memories, and Kevin Durant is still as good a recruiter for the Texas program as one can get.

Regardless of whether Texas lands Joseph, it will be interesting to see in 2011 who Texas can bring in along with Myck Kabongo, who can’t get to Austin soon enough.



The season is under way, and while the college coaches will not yet be able to evaluate some of the top talent in the country, we are working on getting a private jet (American Airlines) to sponsor us a few seats to Houston and Los Angeles for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. We figure this is the best way to get a great evaluation on the top players in the country.


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