For the second straight year, a trash-talking video between Duke and North Carolina recruits has surfaced.
This time, it’s Carolina’s James McAdoo (No. 3 rated PF) and Duke’s Michael Gbinije (No. 5 rated SF).
It’s some pretty funny stuff and at the very least, it shows that while the fans may hate each other, these kids don’t. The fact is, thanks to so many “All-Star” tournaments and summer ball, the nation’s best recruits can become quite friendly with each other.
Overall, if I had to rate the trash, I’d have to call it a tie. Gbinije has the benefit of joining the current national champs (something Mike proudly points out), while McAdoo can brag about his high school team’s victory over Gbinje’s team this past December. A game that, according to McAdoo, featured a dunk by him over Gibnije.
At one point Gibnije promised to score 50 against North Carolina next year. At that point, McAdoo had to ask, when was the last time a Duke player scored 30? Gbinije said J.J. Redick, but he was incorrect. The last Duke player to score 30 was John Scheyer, who scored 31 against Iowa State this past January.
While this little session was good, it didn’t compare to last year’s “rumble” between Duke’s Kyrie Irving and North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock. That video featured Bullock’s classic, Coach K “looks like a rat” line and my personal favorite quote from Irving:
“I was proud of North Carolina this season,” Irving said, voice dripping with sarcasm. “They had a tremendous season. It was amazing to watch them on TV. They played so hard every night. They put on a show every night for me when they lost by 30, 25, 40, 15. You guys got rolling at the end of the season. It was amazing.”