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Monday Musing's - Duke fans of the week

The Duke Men's Basketball team pushed their record to 9-1 this past week with a wins over Colorado State and Washington while the football coaches secured three verbal commitments on the recruiting trail.  That's a pretty solid week and thus we begin this weeks Monday Musing's.

The win over Washington

I personally thought it was a good win and a learning experience for a young team but many found fault in the win.  Of course, we are talking message boards here and everybody, no matter who you are has an occasional melt down.  Yes, the Huskies staged a comeback late in the game but Duke built a sizable lead which didn't allow the comeback to take hold,  I mean come on critics, a three pointer at the buzzer cut it to six for the Huskies and who actually thought in reality that Duke was going to lose that lead?  Now granted, the comeback is a lesson to a young team on how to close a game but I just find no major negatives in this win.  In fact, with Austin Rivers and Seth Curry on the bench it forced young players into action on the big stage of Madison Square Garden and that to me is a positive learning experience.  So, I don't get the criticism unless you want to win by 20 every time out.  And no knock on my man Mason Plumlee, who struggled at the free throw stripe, but had he hit half of those the lead would have been much larger and that is a single intangible.

A work in progress

What fans need to remember is that this Duke team is a work in progress and is 9-1 against the toughest early schedule in the nation!  Coach Krzyzewski is bringing this team along just as he has others and to succeed in March it takes both improvement and luck.  The Blue Devils seem to be just below a tier of four or five teams, but there is not one of those teams that Duke could not beat on a given night, so that is something to hang your hat on.  The Blue Devils lost Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and to some extent Kyrie Irving, so this team is developing it's leaders and Coach has said from day one, different players will step up.  You know, I use to make fun of the UNC fan base at times for complaining when Dean Smith was there, but the Blue Devil fan base is right there now, demanding perfection when they've only come to expect it from mad success.  So, sit back and enjoy this years team develop and for the record they've pretty darn good.

Austin Rivers named rookie of the week

Austin Rivers averaged a team-high 17.5 points per game in leading seventh-ranked Duke to wins over Colorado State and Washington. The Winter Park, Fla., freshman guard was 11-of-22 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, and 8-of-10 from the foul line for the week, while also adding 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He scored a team-high 17 points in Duke’s 87-64 win over Colorado State Wednesday. In Saturday’s 86-80 victory over Washington, Rivers tallied a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of action.

So, you think December will  be slow with just two games, huh?

Duke does not play again until  a week from today against UNC-Greensboro at home and then Western Michigan on the day before new years eve.  Yep just two games, but it is December and that means high school basketball tournaments fro Raleigh to Myrtle Beach and we'll certainly bring you some coverage.  We'll discuss this further shortly, but you can bet you will hear from the likes of Rasheed Sulaimon and other targets.

Football Recruiting has a big day

Coach Cutcliffe hit the road the day after the loss to UNC as did his whole staff.  And that's not just speak on our part, they are beating the road hard trying to improve the talent base.  As BDN's football guru reported yesterday, the Blue Devils have three new verbals and one in particularly excites me.  Check out this link - Football gains three verbals

Monday Musings – Coach K on Captains, Hoops & Football

During the season BDN Monday Musings brings you the popular Cheerleader of the Week picture. In the off season, we just put up a cool pic. Posing for the BDN camera here is Jason "JWill" Williams, Chris "CWell" Carrawell and Chris "CDu" Duhon. The picture, of course, is from the Coach K Academy. In this week

The staff of BDN prides itself on covering the Duke Athletics Beat in a most vigorous manner.  That means if there is an event going on that is team related, we'll be there.  It also means that we look forward to certain events, one of them being the annual Coach K Academy.  During this event, Duke Coach Mike Kryzewski always addresses the Emily Kryzewski Foundation first, but then talks to the media for just under an hour.  In this video clip, Kryzewski speaks of captain-ship and or leadership.  In a nutshell, Coach said that true leaders are few and far between.  That said, we kick off this edition of Monday Musings with Coach K addressing the 2011-12 captain-ship question.  The keyword, as you will hear, is "culture."

Be sure to check out other recent BDN Video offerings with more from Coach and Jon Scheyer..

It tickles me when some acquaintances say I have might more time on my hands in the off season.  This time of year is beyond busy around here.  BDN staffed last week's Nike EYBL in Los Angeles and then this weeken'ds Pango's All American Camp.  Patrick has broken the last four Duke Football prospects to verbal to Duke and he's got more coming on Cut's crew.  The bottom line is that spring and summer means BDN is hitting ALL the major events.  Let's just say it'll be non-stop coverage from now until the end of next year's basketball season, and that we have a backlog of amazing content, both free and for members.

That busy schedule goes for the coaches as well, and I can assure you that their off-season consists of few weeks at the beach. Now that the Coach K Academy has wrapped up, the basketball staff will focus on their upcoming trip to China and Dubai.  More details on the trip can be found on BDN Premium where we break it down for you.  And they will, of course, be on the phones with the nation's top prospects.  Once the heat of July envelopes us, the dead period will be over and they'll be on the recruiting trail.  In August, they'll find out which players establish themselves going into the October 15th starting date for practice.  And while the duties with Team USA are not as plentiful this summer, they will surely keep an eye on the young kids that will don the Red, White and Blue, many of them Duke prospects.

You may have missed this article "Blue Devils go Camping in Effort to Improve," that speaks to which camps the men's basketball team will attend this summer.  It's worth a read and is very informative.   

A lot of times, good stuff falls off our main page, so go to "Duke Basketball or Football," to read the archives and catch up.  Patrick Cacchio has been all over Duke Football Recruiting of late.  Today, he broke the fourth straight prospect to commit to Duke on the message board and here is the article on DT Carlos Wray to Duke.  He also checks in with other football prospects and the archives will catch you up on the latest efforts by Coach Cut and company.

On the women's hoops front, incoming freshman Elizabeth Williams has been named one of 12 members of the USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team.  She'll be the next big start on Coach P's program. The USA finalists downed the Brazil U19 National Team, 49-37, in an exhibition contest. In the game, Williams netted a team-high 15 points, six rebounds, five blocks, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes.  Also in the news, or should I say the Sports Illustrated WNBA preview, is former Duke standout Lindsey Harding, who via trade is expected to lead Atlanta to the promised land.

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Cutcliffe and Duke Football entertain a bevy of recruits

Cutcliffe welcomes a bevy of prospects to Duke this weekend. Photo copyright BDN

DURHAM - Duke Football is hosting a bevy of prospects during this weekend's Duke-Alabama game.  Some of the visitors are already committed to the Blue Devils, while a good majority are from the junior class.  BDN will keep you abreast of football recruiting happenings in the coming week.  Until then, check out this list of prospects who will attend the game.

Tyler Alberts - Forsyth Country Day NC
Tyler Alt  -Greensburg Central Catholic PA
Stephone Anthony  - Anson NC
Henry Barnes -  Hobbton HS NC
Raymond - Freedom HS NC
B.J. Beecher - Concord Senior HS NC
Daniel Book - Hickory Ridge HS NC
Jared Boyd - Stephenson HS GA
Tommy Branch - Wake Forest Rolesville HS NC
Matt Brantley - Parkwood HS NC
Jonathan Bridges - Victory Christian NC
Kyler Brown - Charlotte Christian HS NC
John Brown - Seventy-First Senior HS NC
Matthew Browning - Mallard Creek HS NC
James Brumbaugh - Francis Hugh Wardlaw Academy SC
Jeremy Buchanon - Anson NC
Omar Carr - Wallace Rose-Hill HS NC
Neil Chambers - Crest HS NC
Osborne Colin - Glenelg HS MD
Jamison Crowder - Monroe HS NC
Marcus Crowder - Eastern Alamance HS NC
Andre Davis - Bunn HS NC
Matthew DeGraffinreed - Millbrook HS NC
Christopher Dempsey - Southern Durham NC
Dylan Dopson - North Hagerstown HS MD
Preston Durham - Chapman HS SC
Brandon Ellerbe - Anson NC
Christopher Everette - E. Montgomery HS NC
Kyle Farlow - Randleman HS NC
Zack Ferguson - Butler HS NC
Lucas Fisher - Piedmont HS NC
Devin Flowers - Mallard HS NC
Jody Fuller - Valley HS NC
Barrett Gauger - Baylor School TN
Eddie Gordon - Boiling Springs HS SC
Bryton Griffin - Blue Ridge HS SC
Michael Hall - Nitro HS WV
Mark Harrell - Charlotte Catholic HS NC
David Helton - Baylor School TN
Sardius Henderson - Southern Vance HS NC
Josh Hess - Richlands HS VA
Nick Hill - Pearl-Cohn HS TN
Stewart Hinson - Piedmont HS NC
Jalen Holt - North Stanly HS NC
Johnathan Hough - Anson NC
Tyler Hunt - Eastern Guilford HS NC
Cory Hunter - Fuqua-Varina HS NC
Desmond Jackson - West Rowan HS NC
Mark Johnson - T. W. Andrews HS NC
Aaron Johnson - Central Cabarrus HS NC
Winfred Johnson - Patton HS NC
Hakim Jones - Southern Vance HS NC
Jarrell Jones-  Hillside HS NC
Raphael Kirby - Parkview HS GA
Myers Krah - Hillside HS NC
LeGrand Langford - Enloe HS NC
Garrett Leatham - Middle Creek HS NC
Bradley Lipscomb - Bartlett-Yancey HS NC
Jalen Littlejohn - Lincolnton HS NC
David Lowery - Leesville Road NC
Chaz Lowery - Ocean Lakes HS VA
Dillon Lucas - Shawnee High School NJ
Jamal Marcus - Hillside HS NC
David Marino - Sun Valley HS NC
Keith Marshall - Millbrook HS NC
Sam Marshall - Chancellor HS VA
Joe Massaquoi - T.C. Williams HS VA
Alex McAllister - R.J. Reynolds HS NC
Taylor McCurry - Enka HS NC
Chedin Meadowns - Buchtel HS Ohio
Connor Mewbourne - First Colonial HS VA
Greg Milhouse - Garner HS NC
Thomas Militello - Mary Institute Country Day School OH
Anderson Miller - First Colonial HS VA
Will Monday - Flowery Branch HS GA
Andre Montgomery - Goldsboro HS NC
Jonathan Moore - Middle Creek HS NC
Jonathan Moran - Loyola Blakefield HS MD
Austin Parker - N.Gwinnette HS GA
Reginald Parker - Roanoke HS NC
Kenny Patterson - Berry Academy NC
Bradley Pinion - Northwest Carbarrus HS NC
Drew Podrebarac - Weddington HS NC
Joseph Pope - Portsmouth Christian HS VA
Antoine Pozniak - Oak Ridge Military Academy NC
Eric Pressley - Blythewood HS SC
Tyshawn Richardson - Blue Ridge HS SC
Cody Robinson - Warren County HS TN
Drew Rogers - Page HS NC
Caleb Rowe - Blue Ridge HS SC
Mario Sanders - Greer Senior HS SC
Dalton Saunders - Summerville HS SC
Erich Schneider - Jacksonville Episcopal HS FL
John Scott - Knightdale HS NC
Jonathan Sherrill - Lincolnton HS NC
Jalen "Scoot" Simmons - West Charlotte HS NC
Mason Sledge - Monroe HS NC
Cody Smith - White Oak HS NC
Joel Suggs - Randleman HS NC
James Summers - Page HS NC
Chris Tavarez - Westlake HS GA
Daryl Taylor - South Central HS NC
Will Thomas - Topsail Sr. HS NC
Cole Truelove - Terry Sanford HS NC
Damien Washington - A.L. Brown HS NC
Kendall Whitehead - Millbrook HS NC
Phillip Williamson - Jordan HS NC
Darius Wilkins - Middle Creek HS NC
Monte Golden - Northside HS NC
Jordan Hill - Byrd HS NC
Tyler McAllister - Cummings HS NC
Casey Gladney - Columbia HS SC
Tanner Brookshire - Erwin HS NC
Lashuarn Monk - High Point Central HS NC
Matthew Gray - Woodbridge HS VA
Jamel Covington - Lovejoy HS GA
Dalton Dillon - Northwest Guilford HS NC
Matt Pawlowski - Northwest Guilford HS NC
Brandon Beasley - South Johnston HS NC
Tripp Hupman - Eastern Alamance HS NC
Joe Watson - Davie HS NC

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Alabama OT Boo Simon impressed with competition at Duke camp

BDN checked in with Boo Simon, a 6’4” 280 pound offensive tackle from Bay Minette, Alabama, just after the highly recruited junior left Duke’s campus.

“It was definitely one of the best camps I’ve ever been to,” he said “the competition level was extremely high. I think there were over 400 kids there, which is even more than the SEC camps I’ve been to. I got whooped on a couple times and you know the competition is high if that happens. Coach Middleton told me we’d get after it, and he was right.”

Though Simon has over a dozen scholarship offers, four schools have emerged at the top of his list: Duke, Maryland, Florida State, and Stanford. He recently got an invite to Auburn’s camp, and being an in-state school, they might enter the final mix if a scholarship is extended. Boo is looking for a school with a good location – in “a well-educated, cultured area.” Academics are also important, as is a coaching staff that he knows he’ll be comfortable with over the next four to five years.

Simon made the drive to Duke on Friday, joining the coaching staff and other recruits for dinner before Saturday’s day-long camp. “Coach Cutcliffe and his staff really know how to sell Duke. You can tell they’re a close-knit group, with their hearts in the program, and they’re happy there,” Boo said about the Duke staff, “and they always know what they’re doing. That’s an SEC or NFL caliber staff they have there. Their stock is rising and fast.”

Boo has a big week coming up, with camps scheduled at Auburn, Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida State, and Stanford.

He said that he’s developed a close relationship with Coach Tom Brattan, the offensive line coach at Maryland, who’s a “player’s coach.” Boo also mentioned that he liked the proximity of their campus to Washington, DC. “Florida State’s program speaks for itself, and it’s in a great location in Tallahassee,” he said, while also adding, “I was pretty pumped to get an offer from Stanford. Jim Harbaugh’s building a top dog football program there.”

Boo’s strengths on the field include his preparation, knowledge of the game, and quick feet. He’s a good blocker on the edge and is working on becoming a more complete leader for what he expects to be a young team this fall. “We’ve got a senior offensive line, but most everybody else is sophomores, so I want to get those sophomores in the weight room and on the field this summer so that they can step up in the fall,” he said when asked about his goals for his senior year. “We’ve got an extremely tough schedule, but we can pull off some upsets.”

Boo has a big week of camps coming up and will then make his college choice sometime over the summer, hopefully well in advance of his senior year.