Duke Basketball: Recruit Tyler Adams Changes His Mind, Quinn Cook Still Deciding

Mike KlineAnalyst IOctober 29, 2010

Tyler Adams has apparently decommitted form Duke. Adams who made a verbal committment has decided to open things back up and is apparently leaning toward Georgetown.
Tyler Adams has apparently decommitted form Duke. Adams who made a verbal committment has decided to open things back up and is apparently leaning toward Georgetown.

By all recent accounts, Duke recruit Tyler Adams has changed his mind and decided to reopen his recruitment and will not play for the Blue Devils in 2011.

There had been rumblings of such a decision ever since Adams attended Georgetown's Midnight Madness event that kicked off the start of the 2010-11 college basketball season two weeks ago.

Adams, a big-bodied power forward/center-type player, looked to be ready to eat up space and be a rebounding machine for Duke.

After committing last spring, rumors of Adams' commitment to Duke had come in various forms including a Mississippi State-centric website that claimed Adams was showing interest in them.

However, now the rumors appear to be validated by several sites including a Georgetown site that claims Adams is leaning toward the Hoyas. This isn't the first big-man recruit the Blue Devils would have lost to Georgetown, but what is the ultimate impact?

The decision hasn't sent shock waves across the Duke Basketball landscape like those of Patrick Paterson and Greg Monroe, and certainly not to the extent of Harrison Barnes.

Adams had never even visited Duke's campus or spent a lot of time with his potential new teammates. Without building a connection with the school or its players it isn't difficult to see why a kid would change his mind even if it means not choosing Duke.

Realistically there is no negative repercussion at the moment from Adams' decision. Duke already has a solid class for 2011, including top recruit Austin River, top-10 small forward Michael Gbinijie and the brother of fellow Duke players, Marshall Plumlee, are all on board.

Adams would have been a nice addition but given the expected retention of the elder Plumlee, Miles (6'10"), the continued development of Ryan Kelly (6'10") as well as Josh Hairston (6'7''), and Duke should be set in the front court without him.

And that doesn't even include Mason Plumlee (6'11") who, despite being projected as a potential first-round pick next season, hasn't made a decision either way.

Duke still has a couple scholarships available for the class of 2011 and many believe there is a strong possibility they will try to get point guard Quinn Cook.

Cook attended Duke's Countdown to Craziness, and by all accounts, came away impressed. Although there has been no official announcement, many believe he will decide during the early signing period and many believe he is a Duke lean.

Of course nothing is set in stone and Duke could end the 2011 recruiting class with just three signees, which considering the talent level, isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Adams would have been a nice addition but it would have been far worse for Duke to have lost out on Rivers or Gbinijie, who fit more into what Mike Krzyzewski likes to do, namely run.

And while Duke star freshman Kyrie Irving is widely expected to be a one-and-done player, with an NBA lockout looming, he may decide to stay an extra year, which would negate loosing out on Cook if he decides to go elsewhere.

All in all, the Blue Devils are set at least in the short term, and barring any unforeseen event, should be solid for quite some time.

Since changing his recruiting style and casting a wider net offering a multitude of recruits at the same position, Mike Krzyzewski has slowly adjusted to the new world of recruiting.

While widely criticized for not adapting to the changing times, Duke has managed to bring in solid recruits, yet still gets a lot of publicity when they miss.

But as was the case last year, Krzyzewski has shown that with time he can still develop talent into a championship caliber team, so with or without Adams, expect Duke to continue to be a factor year in and year out.