Mike DeCourcy discusses Coach Krzyzewski's tenure as USA National team coach and he communicates some very positive thoughts, but he implies Duke has paid a bit of a price. Specifically, DeCourcy talks about Coach K working with the National team, during the month of July, when other coaches are attending tournaments and camps in pursuit of the best high school prospects. On the positive side, DeCourcy calls last season one of Coach Krzyzewski's most impressive coaching performances.
Terrell Vinson always plays well at the NBAPA Camp. The bottom line is that he lacks explosiveness around the rim or on drives, but he makes up for a lot with desire and playing within his abilities. No matter how you cut it, Vinson gets it done.
[private]Now, there was one game where he goose egged, but he came back with back to back 17's and keep in mind they split time and play against the best. Vinson has a nice outside shot and hits the board with good positioning. He maintains a good attitude at all times and works hard, utilizing free time to take extra ball handling skills.
I have no doubt that Vinson likes Duke and oddly, his teammate was Jamil Wilson. Here is a one on one with a good player.
Terrell Vinson class of 2009
So, what have you been up to lately?
I've been working out with my school a lot. Right now we are 0-2 and I want to turn this around. I've been into some of my teammates to play harder.
In your opinion, is the level of competition better this year?
It's basically the same. There are good players. I have become accustomed to playing here and know what to expect.
Have you visited any of the schools?
I've visited Villanova and plan on visiting Georgetown. I plan to take some more visits in August. I did see Duke with my team.
How about a school list?
The top four are the same. Villanova, Georgetown, Duke, Memphis and Loyola Marymount has been pushing hard too.
You have two Big East Schools and one ACC. Which style of play best fits you?
I'm planning on going to Maryland next week too. Either conference provides great basketball.
So, Villanova is not the leader?
I like them, they've been on me for the longest, but I am still open and want to review my options.
I talked with Tristan Spurlock and he said the two of you weren't happy at your school ...
That's just Spurlock. Everybody knows how he is. There's nothing to that. (rolling his eyes) No.
How have you played so far?
I've played okay. I don't care if I put up forty or fifty points. That's not important, I just want to win.
Do you have a timeline for a decision?
Well, I want to see some schools ... see the area and style of living and then just sit down after gathering some information and think about it. I'm looking for a school that has a good opportunity for me.
What kind of coach do you want to play for? Do you want somebody like a brother a friend, someone who'll push you ...
I want to be pushed but have a relationship as well.
How are your grades?
My grades are good. They came out strong in the fourth quarter.
Do you have an SAT score ... GPA?
It's a 2.9 or 3.0. I took the tests and all went well. I thought it was going to be super hard, but it wasn't really that hard.
Which coaches have been pro active in your recruitment?
Coach Wright really, really, really wants me, but others are coming on strong. Gary Williams is pushing hard lately.
Has Wright told you how he might use you in his program?
He said he sees me as a 2, 3. He wants to develop me to play three positions.
They've been on me almost as long as Villanova. They want me as a 2-3.
Hearing from Duke?
Oh yeah. I've talked with Coach Wojciechowski and he says they like me a lot, but I haven't heard from Coach K. I've talked to John Thompson and Coach Wright, but I haven't talked to Coach K. I'd like to talk to him, I wish he'd call. I've been looking for them to call me. They tell me that they like but ... I know he doesn't call players a lot and he has Team USA duties. We'll see, I guess.
Loyola Marymount! That's a long ways from home ...
Yeah, but I use to being away, I'm from the DC-Metro area, but have no problem going anywhere. I am use to being away from home.
You're on the USA Basketball list, right?
Yeah. That'll be a great experience. It starts the very first day of July.
So, is the talent better this year or last year? (NBAPA)
Um, there's more young guys, but it's almost the same. There's some good guys out there, some of the young ones too. I have been playing well with Lorenzo out of Portland. We've hit it off a bit. We lost our first two games by 2 and 3. I just want to turn this thing around. I don't like losing.
So, who will help you make your choice?
Definitely my parents, but they will leave the final decision to me.[/private]