Every national program involved enters this tournament with the goal of trying to make their country proud. For some countries, that means toppling the mighty U.S.A. For others, it’s one last shot at glory. And a few programs lurking in the shadows are hoping to use this platform to announce themselves as the world’s newest global power. Read More. Written by Brett Koremenos on Aug 29, 2014
Duke has extended an offer to Austin Nichols, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward out of Memphis Briarcrest Christian School.
"It was a dream come true," Nichols said of the offer from Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski. "Yet, I am totally neutral. I've had an extremely fun time with all this recruiting, and the first thing I got in my head when he said 'scholarship' was that it was a dream."
Nichols is considering offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Texas, among others.
Tyus Jones, the top rated point guard in the class of 2014, is keeping tabs on the job status of Minnesota coach Tubby Smith.
Smith's current contract ends a year before Jones would be a college freshman.
"I definitely take that into consideration," said Jones. "With me still having a (couple) years left in high school, I definitely look at it if certain coaches will still be there, still have the same job or retire. But I know I can't control it."
Jones is believed to be considering Michigan State and Duke, with Minnesota in third place.
"It's too early to have a favorite or be ready to make a commitment," Jones said. "But it's different this year with teams because I have a better relationship with the coach, since I've been talking to them and know them more personally now than before."
Mike Krzyzewski shared his thoughts on early entrants and the state of college basketball.
“First of all college basketball doesn’t control college basketball,” Krzyzewski said when asked what he would do to fix the college game. “The NBA controls college basketball. They are the ones along with the players union that sets the rule. College basketball just reacts to what the NBA does to include the early entry date. College basketball put out April 10th. Well that date doesn’t mean anything. April 29th is when guys have a chance to put their names in the NBA draft.
“I think one of the main things that has to happen is college basketball has to have a relationship with the NBA. There should be someone in charge of college basketball who on a day-to-day basis sets an agenda for our great sport. We don’t have anything like that. As a result we don’t have a voice with the NBA or the players union, and that’s just kind of sad.”
Krzyzewski admitted to not recruiting players who are likely to enter the draft after one year in college.
“Yeah we can’t go after every one-and-done guy because a lot of the guys and they are great players and great kids, but school isn’t as important,” Krzyzewski said. “A lot of those guys a number of years ago didn’t have to go to college. Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James. Kids are…it’s not even going one year. They are going to spend maybe six-seven months. Sometimes…we have a great school, but it’s not as attractive as going someplace else, so we have to be careful with who we get involved with because it could be a monumental waste of time for us.”