We had an eventful week in recruiting. The coaching staff received its first commitment. Stephen Nesbitt laid out the ideal plan for the rest of 2014 recruiting and a name we hadn’t heard in a while resurfaced.
I already profiled the Eric James commitment here. I won’t add much more but I had a look at his summer AAU numbers. They weren’t anything to write home about overall, but he did have an excellent Peach Jam. He had a comparable tournament to his more highly regarded AAU teammate and long running Duquesne target Javon Bess though James wasn’t as efficient. For the most part, James was buried on the All Ohio Roster behind Ohio St commit Jae’Sean Tate. Unless he just had a poor shooting summer, I have to question the effectiveness James jump shot even if it did look good on film. He looks like another high volume guy based on the numbers.
We also found out the Luther twins are effectively the top targets for the two remaining scholarships. Nesbitt, our new beat writer for the Post Gazette, revealed as much in his piece on the James commitment. I love the coaching staff going all out and not backing down with the bigger offers and interest coming in for Ryan
While the Luther twins look like plan A, the Dukes might have a pretty solid Plan A1 in Rashard Figures. Jim Ferry offered early but his recruitment has turned relatively quiet. The Dukes visited him at M.A.C.K. Prep during the past week.
Duquesne University was in yesterday at M.A.C.K. Prep (Charlotte) to see 6'5 G Rashard Figures. @Top_One_Shard
— Justin Byerly (@Justinbyerly) September 25, 2013
If M.A.C.K. rings a bell, it should. Ferry has gotten a commitment from the Charlotte prep school in each of his first two classes at Duquesne: Quevyn Winters in 2012 and Desmond Ridenour last year. Should Figures choose the Dukes, I think you have to start using the word pipeline.