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Duke Basketball Team and Recruiting Update – BDN has the skinny

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With the Duke Basketball team in China, recruiting has temporarily taken a backseat, but that doesn't mean the Blue Devils haven't been active.  With concern to 2012, the picture is quite clear in that Duke has focused in on the players they covet.  BDN Premium takes a look at those targets and gives you an idea of how their recruitment will proceed.

As I have stated before, Duke will ride the Shabazz Muhammad train until the very end.  He visited UCLA recently and our belief is that it is now a [private]two team race between the favored Bruins and the Blue Devils.  I am sure he'll mention Kentucky and UNLV as well once a decison is made.  No timeline has been set but it wouldn't surprise us if he made a decision sooner rather than later.  We are hoping for later for that favors Duke and their effort to get another visit.  With a player of Muhammad's stature, you keep your name in the hat and hope for the best.

Stud big man Mitch McGary recently trimmed his list of schools and Duke made the cut.  Duke feels like they've developed a good relationship with his parents and that is always a positive.  This one will be quite a battle down the stretch but the Blue Devils are sure to get a visit before anything else happens.  I think this one will go on for a bit.

I was disappointed in the knee jerk reaction that some Duke fans had with the recent Alex Poythress situation, but both parties have overcome any misunderstanding.  Don't get me started on fan interactions on Twitter ...  Poythress is down to Duke and Vanderbilt in my opinion and a visit is in the works when the Blue Devils return.  If a team sneaks in, it'll be Kentucky where he is visiting this weekend. Poythress is thrilled by the offer and I think we have a very good shot at landing him.  There is some ground to be made up but Duke is quite a name and playing for Coach K is an honor,

In regards to Perry Ellis, well, Duke never offered him but he continued to list them.  Duke was okay with that and he was a fall back option but he probably wondered where the interest was and dropped Duke.  Ellis never played well in front of Krzyzewski and I think they feel Poythress is more athletic.  They think a lot of Ellis but Duke is going to take their chances with the big four in 2012.

That brings us to Tony Parker.  Who knows what Tony will do.  I don't think he knows what he will do.  His parents want Duke and he wants Memphis and he seemingly may have fallen for all the anti Duke rhetoric.  At the same time, it would be ill advised for Duke to jump ship and the aforementioned knee jerk reactions by fans would work against efforts.  Duke will see if Tony comes around and there is a chance.  You have to remember, Duke has been on his list from the very start and they have been mentioned in his top three with Ohio State and the Tigers.

In an ideal world, Duke would likely settle on McGary and Shabazz and wrap it up.  But they will take any combination of the guys I have listed and all of the players I have mentioned want to visit Duke.  The Blue Devils will set their strategy for visits upon their return form China and Dubai.

The offer to Bronson Koenig caught many off guard.  The bottom line is that  Coach K liked him and thinks he is a winner and a combo guard.  Yeah, I know his team didn't win a game when Andrew watched, but who can argue with Coach?  I mean look how Rasheed Sulaimon and Michael Gbinije blew up after Duke got their verbal.  Wisconsin leads for Koenig but Duke is working on a visit and feel they can make up ground.

How will the offer to Koenig effect Matt Jones?  Duke sees Jones as wing-three point specialist.  It helps that he can drive the ball but he still needs work on getting his shot off in traffic.  Duke is losing Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry, so these two shooters firepower would be welcomed in 2013.  Jones will visit Countdown to Craziness and Duke expects the list to grow as the event nears.

Duke will stick with Jabari Parker in a big way and I still think they have a fantastic shot of landing this all around phenom.  The Blue Devils will look to Julius Randle as well but depending on who they end up with in 2012 could change this.  We mentioned a lot of other guys in our last update and very little has changed.  I can tell you that a lot of 2013 kids impressed the staff during the open period.

When the team hits the court in China, all the guys will get some serious minutes.  The hope is that the cream will rise to the top.  Duke will also name their captains after the trip and my thinking is that it will come from Curry, Kelly and a Plumlee.  For the record, Curry is more vocal and outgoing in interviews and he talking more on the court as well.  BDN will talk with some of the players via Skype [phone], so we'll have those updates coming.   Members can discuss this update on our premium message board.  Remember, registration is separate for the board.  Once you have registered and we confirm your payment you'll be approved.[/private]

Bronson Koenig: One of Wisconsin’s Better Players

Bronson Koenig BDN/Andrew Slater Photo

The college town of La Crosse, Wisconsin sits on the banks of the Mississippi, which provides the border to Minnesota. It is the hometown of Bronson Koenig, a 6'2" guard who straddles the line between point guard and shooting guard. The 2013 prospect has recently picked up significant interest from the Duke Blue Devils. As a sophomore, he led Aquinas High School to a state title and was named All-State in Wisconsin.

On the AAU circuit, Koenig competed with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16-and-under squad at the Adidas Super 64. He had been getting recruiting interest from Kansas, North Carolina, and in-state Wisconsin, but recently the Jayhawks were able to receive a verbal commitment from Connor Frankamp, a Wichita guard who led his 16U squad to the Super 64 Championship.

After a 52-44 defeat by New Heights, the third straight defeat for the ultimately 1-4 Warriors, the terse Koenig spoke about Duke's recent interest, how he felt he performed in his initial game in front of Coach K, and how he's going to try to improve his game in the coming months.

What position do you view yourself as? A combo or more of a one?
It doesn't really matter. I mean I can play point guard in college or I can play either the one, two, or three.

In terms of the colleges that are pursuing you, Wisconsin and North Carolina are considered two of your leaders. Kansas took a commitment last week from Connor. Are those your two primary suitors or are there other programs out there that are still in the running?
Yeah, I'd say Virginia, Duke, and Kansas are the other ones. That's pretty much it.

How far along do you feel that you are in terms of deciding? Is this near the end or do you still feel you're in the early stages?
I'd say late… Late.

You're sort of known as a three point shooter and a secondary ball-handler. How have you tried to diversify your game, in order to make it more difficult for defenders to guard you?
I've tried to improve my ability to get in the lane and then either improve my ability to dish it off or lay it in.

Is there significant in-state pressure to choose Wisconsin?
Yeah, um, there is a little bit.

For the audience that may not know much about you, you won the state title this past year and made All-State as well. Share with the audience what this run was like?
Yeah, it was a really good team and I learned a lot that I'll be able to use later on too.

What are your goals for this upcoming high school season?
To win another state championship.

Alright, what are you hoping to improve upon most over the next year?
Getting stronger, getting lower, and developing my core game more and I think I need to work on my conditioning a little bit, do you know what I mean?

Yeah, I do. By the way, do you view three-point shooting as your strength or is it something else?
Um, yeah, I'd say shooting and passing.
Shooting and passing?

Is there a guy that you try to model your game after?
Not really.

One of the other schools you mentioned before was Duke. What do you know about the program and which coaches have you spoken with?
Oh, yeah, I talked to them when I was in Louisville. They said that they were going to go ahead and watch me play here. So, we'll see..

What do you know about the program?
It's a really good program.

What do you find are some of the differences between playing with the 16s versus the 17s?
Yeah, as I'm sure you know, it's a big difference. they're physically so much bigger and more athletic and stronger. I'd say athleticism and strength are the biggest things. I'm not sure, but I'll probably play with them at the next event. You need to get stronger as you move up the ranks.

What are you looking for ideally whenever you do decide on a college?
Well, I think it'll pretty much come down to how comfortable I am with being there. Just a comfort level.

Who will you turn to for guidance whenever you do decide?
My parents. Yeah, my parents probably.

Have you taken any visits recently and do you have any planned?
I went to North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas.

Who's the best player you've faced so far, either in Wisconsin or nationally?
I don't know. There are a lot of really good players. (laughs)

Coach K came and saw you play for the first time. Did that have any significance?
Um, I guess it was in the back of my mind a little bit, but I just tried to play through it.

Was it similar to when some of the other big-time coaches came and watched you play for the first time?
Um, yeah.

Is it pressure, hunger..
A little of both, but I guess a little pressure.

How do you feel that you played?
I don't really think about it. I though it was really clogged up and I couldn't get anything going.

What do you think you need to focus on?
Getting stronger and getting lower…just getting my body lower and eventually being able to get above the rim.

Defensively, which position do you feel most comfortable guarding? They switched you a lot out there today. Mostly playing guys off of the ball.
Either one, it doesn't really matter.

Thanks for your time.