Duke Has Now Beaten Three 2012 Final Four Teams

As ESPN’s Brent Musburger pointed out after No. 2 Duke’s 73-68 win over No. 4 Ohio State in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, the Blue Devils have now beaten three of last year’s Final Four teams.

And it’s not even December yet.

On Nov. 13, Duke beat defending national champion Kentucky, 75-68, in the Champions Classic and on Nov. 24, the Devils topped Louisville, 76-71, in the Bahamas.

“It sure wasn’t [easy],” senior big man Mason Plumlee, who had 21 points and 17 rebounds, said on ESPN. “Ohio State showed why they’re one of the best teams in the country.” To read more of this story, click here

The Mason Plumlee Conundrum

By DAN KELLY

Special to ZAGSBLOG

What if you were an NBA GM and I told you that there was a 6-foot-11 power forward who runs like a cheetah and jumps like a scared kangaroo?

Then I told you that this same big man has nice face-up game and looks comfortable putting the ball on the floor. I know you’re interested now but I’m not done.

This kid is also a willing passer from the post who has a knack for finding open shooters and has spent the last three years of his life with maybe the best basketball coach in all of recorded history. I tell you that he averaged 11 points and 9 rebounds last year and that this season those numbers will increase. To read more of this story, click here

Duke Hosts Jabari Parker

Duke fans welcomed Jabari Parker on his official visit this weekend with a sign that read, “Jabari Welcome Home” and chants of “Jabari Parker” from the Cameron Crazies.

(The photo was Tweeted by Mark Joseph Baden.)

The 6-foot-9 Parker — who lost his top spot in the 2013 recruiting rankings to Andrew Wiggins — recently cut his list to Duke, Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU.

He has now visited Michigan State and Duke, with Florida (Nov. 2-4), Stanford (Nov. 9-11) and Brigham Young later in November all set up. To read more of this story, click here

Karl Towns Talks Duke Visit (UPDATED)

Karl Towns, arguably the top rising sophomore in the nation, visited Duke for Midnight Madness on Friday.

The 6-foot-11 Towns attended along with 2014 PG Tyus Jones, 2014 PF Jahlil Okafor, 2014 SF Theo Pinson and 2016 PF Harry Giles.

“I really enjoyed the visit and had a great time,” Towns, out of St. Joe’s-Metuchen, told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Schiffer.

Asked how me might fit in at Duke should he opt to go there, Towns said, “I think I would fit in well. With Coach K having Ryan Kelly this year shows he can work with big men at any position and make the most of their talent.  To read more of this story, click here

Parker to Visit Duke, Michigan State

Jabari Parker will take official visits to Duke and Michigan State — his two perceived leaders — and will add three more officials, according to a report on ESPNChicago.com.

The 6-foot-8 Parker will visit Duke the weekend of Oct. 27, as previously reported on SNY.tv. A date for the MSU visit has not yet been set.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams will have an in-home with Parker Tuesday and Florida coach Billy Donovan visits Chicago Simeon that same day, ESPN reported.

“From there, we’ll probably sit down and evaluate all his home visits and decide which will be his official visits,” Sonny Parker told the site. “It’s a process. He’s had quite a few home visits. He’s going to start taking his visits. It’s the month of October already. It’s going to take time.” To read more of this story, click here

Parker to Visit Duke, Anya to Trip to N.C. State

Adam Zagoria

As reported earlier today on my Twitter, two of the top prospects in the Class of 2013 — Jabari Parker and Beejay Anya — will take key official visits to ACC schools at the end of October.

The 6-foot-8 Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013, will take an official visit to Duke the weekend of Oct. 27, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

Duke and Michigan State have long been considered the frontrunners for the Chicago Simeon forward. To read more of this story, click here

Semi Ojeleye to Duke

Duke added yet another versatile, multi-faceted forward on Sunday when Semi Ojeleye committed during his home visit with Coach K.

A 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward from Ottawa, Kansas High ranked No. 18 at his position by Rivals, Ojeleye said he chose Duke over Indiana, Oregon and Stanford.

“Talking to my family and friends it just felt right,” he said by phone Sunday night after Scout.com first reported the news.

Ojeleye said Coach K, who is coming off winning an Olympic gold medal this summer with LeBron, Kobe, KD, Carmelo and company, plans to remain in constant touch going forward. To read more of this story, click here