After back to back poor performances at the point, we learned about an offer to St Anthony’s point guard Tarin Smith less than twenty – four hours after the George Washington game ended.
Duquesne has offered 2014 St. Anthony (NJ) PG Tarin Smith, a source says.
— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) February 7, 2014
Following the game, Jim Ferry complained about his lack of options at point guard when Derrick Colter and Desmond Ridenour both struggled. It’s unclear how Ferry would use a player like Smith in his first year, but his offer does signal a shift in the recruiting focus for the class of a 2014. Until now, 2015 seemed like the year of the point guard.
That’s good news as Duquesne 2015 combo guard target Eli Cain got an offer from Memphis this week. Prior to reclassifying, Cain listed high interest in Duquesne. However, when the big dogs start circling this early, I really don’t like the Dukes chances over the long haul of recruiting.
Jeff Garrett, whom the Dukes offered following a trip to see Oldsmar Christian take on IMG Academy, told Jack LeGwin of Zags Blog that South Florida, Oregon St and Murray St were recruiting him hardest. Of course on the same day that entry was published, Oldsmar Academy tweeted this:
— OC Basketball (@OCSHoops) February 3, 2014
I don’t know for certain that the Dukes went to see Garrett, but at the moment, I’m not sure who else they’d have visited. Hopefully, they’re still involved and step up their interest if they’re serious about him.
The Dukes have three open scholarships and it seems to me as if they’re getting pulled in a number of different directions. We’ve recently seen them connected with a JUCO forward, true freshman post players, prep stretch threes, a second wing and now a point guard. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this recent flurry of recruiting action does not portend and a turbulent offseason, but I’m not holding my breath either.
Eric James Update:
James dropped 25 in a mid week win against Westerville South. It seems whatever was ailing him has gone away.