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Shabazz Muhammad Set To Visit Duke

Shabazz Muhammad is expected to make an official visit to Duke this weekend.

Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman high school, has been heavily recruited by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Muhammad last week led Bishop Gorman to its third state championship in four years, scoring 30 of his 36 points in the first half as the Gaels rolled to a 96-51 win in the Class 4A boys state title game.

He is ranked No. 2 overall in the 2012 class.

Via The Chronicle

NBA GM Not Impressed By Potential Draft Pool

At least one NBA general manager has not been overly impressed so far by the potential 2012 draft class.

"Everyone talks about how great this draft is," one NBA GM said. "On paper in July, it really looked that way. On the ground in February, I'm not that impressed. Anthony Davis is great. But after that, there are a lot of question marks and a surprising lack of depth. I'm not sure that the 2012 draft will be better than the 2011 one."

North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Baylor’s Perry Jones, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones have failed to show significant improvement from one season to the next while UConn's Andre Drummond and Duke’s Austin Rivers have failed to live up to the hype that surrounded them.

Only two freshmen, Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Indiana's Cody Zeller, have exceeded expectations.

Via ESPN.com

Barnes Likes Size Advantage Against Rivers, Dawkins

Harrison Barnes thinks his height advantage will prove decisive when North Carolina meets Duke on Wednesday night.

“I like that matchup,” said Barnes referring to Blue Devils guards Austin Rivers and Andre Dawkins. “ Offensively, I like my odds with somebody 6-4 against me.”

Rivers offered his own take on going head-to-head with Barnes.

“He might not be fun to match up with, but it’s not fun to match up with me, either,’’ the freshman said. “He’s going to have to guard me, too.”

Via ESPN.com

Austin Rivers 'Looks Up To' Kobe

Austin Rivers admires Kobe Bryant's ability to use perceived slights as motivation.

"I envy him," Rivers said of Bryant. "I really look up to him more than anybody else. He plays (ticked) off. He finds things to motivate him, and he doesn't change."

Mike Krzyzewski said everyone can learn from Bryant’s approach to the game.

"I think everybody's a little bit better if they have a purpose," Krzyzewski said. "Whether you call that a chip, an energy, a passion. ... I think a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan had a chip in their heart. It was embedded in them."

Rivers has long been motivated by the burden of being the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

"I hated it," Rivers said. "I hated it. There's that shadow that you've been born with. I don't think people understand until they get there. People think I had it easy growing up because of my dad. Actually, I have it harder than you because everything I do is (perceived as being) because of him. I don't blame my dad - I look up to my dad. I want to be like him, only better."

Via Charlotte Observer

Coach K: Winning Sometimes Compromises Attention To Detail

Mike Krzyzewski is pleased with Duke's record this season and how they have performed despite coming off a 78-74 loss to Miami in overtime. They next play North Carolina on Wednesday.

“Overall, our team has done a good job, being 19-4," said Krzyzewski. "In our league, we’re two possessions from being undefeated and we’re two possessions from being 4-4, on the other side. These games, especially in conference, turn out to be attention to detail where you have to make a play. (Sunday's) game still boiled down to you have to hit a free throw. When you win a number of games, sometimes your attention to detail is not where it needs to be. The games where we’re involved in now it will be for the rest of the year.”

Via Charlotte Observer
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