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Luther Muhammad is a cocky little SOB out there.  It's exactly what Virginia Basketball needs.  When he has the ball in his hands, he knows he can take that chump trying to guard him, and he's going to do it.  He's got a nasty shake-and-bake move that unlike another prospect Virginia offered actually gets him by his man.  On the defensive side, he plays with passion and makes a conscious effort to execute the fundamentals of the defense called.  Having watched two games now, there is a lot to like about his game, and he would be a great addition for 2018.  If that swagger comes with the humility to learn with a mind and heart open to loving criticism and a will to sweat, Muhammad is a young man who could develop into a nasty basketball player at Virginia.

You can definitely see why West Virginia is on him.  There is a lot of Press Virginia Thuggy Bear to his game, and we could definitely use some of that.  He can be a combo guard, teaming...

Duke Blue Devils

Duke is trying to reload after losing 7 of its top 8 most experienced players this offseason, and replacing them with a fresh crop of highly ranked freshmen and a couple of low-usage sophomores. Will it be enough for Duke to return to the Top 10?

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski; 1071-330 in 42 overall seasons, 998-271 (399-166) in 37 seasons at Duke

2016-17 Record: 28-9 (11-7), Won ACCT (6 seed), NCAAT 2nd Round (2 seed)

2016-17 Efficiency:

National:

ORtg: 121.0 (6 of 351)

DRtg: 96.9 (47 of 351)

ACC:

ORtg: 114.0 (2 of 15)

DRtg: 108.3 (8 of 15)

 

Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

G Frank Jackson (Pro)

G Luke Kennard (Pro)

G Matt Jones (Grad)

G/F Jayson Tatum (Pro)

F/C Amile Jefferson (Grad)

F/C Harry Giles (Pro)

F/C Chase Jeter (Transfer) 

Key Returnees:

G Greyson Allen (SR)

F Javin Delaurier (SO)

C Marques Bolden (SO)

C Antonio Vrankovic (JR) 

Key Additions:

PG Trevon Duval (5* FR)

SG Gary Trent, JR (5* ...

This is purely my thoughts, my feelings, my responsibility tonight.  I speak for nobody but myself.  But for myself I say that I am horrified by the video I watched tonight, affected more personally, viscerally, deeply in my soul by that than by any other news footage I have witnessed in my life.  It is our intent to keep politics out of this site and focus on the basketball, but sometimes things happen that shatter the boundaries of sports, and simply must be addressed.  I have to speak out.  Things like this are supposed to be restricted to old newsreels from before I was born.  They are not supposed to be happening NOW, with fascist boots trampling the grass of the Lawn down which I walked in black robes TWICE.  

I am white.  That chant does not represent my thoughts or feelings.  I strongly prefer the engraving on the Statue of Liberty, the dream Martin Luther King shouted to the heavens in the D.C. Mall, the chants of "DEFENSE" in...

Hooz Got Next of Facebook and Twitter fame and now guest columnist for Jamie Oakes' Wahoos247 stopped by and played Hand Grenade with Seattle Hoo.  StLouHoo armed Seattle with questions.

Seattle Hoo

Question: I'm going to start with a softball:  Does the Gerald Liddell commitment change the Keldon Johnson calculation at all? [4* Texas wing committed to the UT today]

Hooz Got Next

 No.   This isn't an indictment on Shaka Smart, but he's not really concerned with scholarship count or even positions necessarily.   Most coaches aren't.   They're just collecting the best players they can.   The rest will be figured out.   They're over the scholarship limit now and probably will still get at least one more commitment from a SG.   The good news?  Texas is involved with Keldon, Archie, and Butler.   They'll only get one.

Seattle Hoo

 What about Keldon's ace advising team?  He has the legendary Boo Williams advising him,...