Word on the street is, Roscoe Smith has picked a college and it won’t be the Duke Blue Devils. According to Dave Telep at Scout, Smith has picked Connecticut. The news hasn’t come from Roscoe himself, but his father via text message.
While not landing Roscoe isn’t as bad as missing out on Harrison Barnes, it is yet another miss by the Duke coaching staff. Again, we’re assuming all this is true. Remember just days ago, word was Smith was opening back up his recruitment to seven schools (it was three before). It’s a bit odd that everything changes in just days, but this is recruiting and nothing really should be surprising me anymore.
Anyhow, back to Duke. Again, this has to be disappointing. At this point we still have no clue if Kyle Singler will come back for his senior season. If he decided to go to the NBA, Duke right now would be without a true SF. This would be truly shocking. Of course if Singler comes back, Duke would be just fine.
IF SINGLER CAME BACK:
PG – Irving
SG – N. Smith
SF – Singler
PF – Ma. Plumlee
SF – Mi. Plumlee
BN – Dawkins (SG)
BN – Curry (SG)
BN – Thornton (PG)
BN – Hairston (PF)
BN – Kelly (PF)
Obviously that’s a stacked team. However, if Singler doesn’t return, Duke would probably roll with three guards and the Plumlee brothers, with either Dawkins or Curry starting. This team is certainly good enough to compete next season, but without Singler, it would certainly be young.
If Duke decides it still wants to bring someone in next year, what are the options at SF?
Duke fans, meet Terrence Ross. He’s a 6’5 four-star athletic guard/forward combo, who committed to Maryland a while ago. However, it looks like Ross has officially pulled out of Maryland and is looking around again. His top four (according to Rivals) is Duke, Maryland, Kentucky and Kansas.
So what do we know about Ross? He’s a player….it’s that simple. He can shoot it from deep and take it to the hole. He still needs to work on his defense and develop a mid-range shot, but he loves to run the court and with Irving running the point, next year’s Duke squad would become an up-tempo ball club. Duke would be a perfect place to land, if that’s the decision he makes. He’d come off the bench for one year, especially if Singler stays, but he would start from there.
Of course Duke’s biggest advantage is the fact that Duke recruit, Josh Hairston is a teammate of Ross and word is, Josh is already working on him. Good luck, Josh.