College basketball is so weird.
Duke has been known for picking up late recruitments from the most random of prospects. (Jack White)
Yesterday was one of those times.
Last night, Jordan Goldwire, a three-star point guard from Norcross, Georgia, committed to Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. Prior to the Duke offer, Goldwire held offers from Eastern Kentucky, Hofstra, and Coastal Carolina.
“This is crazy,” Goldwire told ESPN. “Something I never expected. I was going to commit to Eastern Kentucky, but Duke started to show interest lately, and I couldn’t pass up.”
— Jordan Goldwire (@j_gold11) May 2, 2017
Even though this announcement was a head-scratcher at first, I see why Coach K offered this kid.
Duke is still waiting to hear if rising sophomore Frank Jackson returns to Durham next year, which is more than likely. Also, the Trevon Duval recruiting saga is still a thing and there have been whispers that he could skip college and play overseas for a year. On the other hand, if neither Duval or Jackson suit up in a Duke uniform next year, Grayson Allen will be asked to run the offense which is definitely not his strong suit.
The struggle to find an everyday point guard has been Duke’s problem the past couple years.
Ever since Tyus Jones in 2014, Coach K has not had a true, traditional point guard. It’s difficult to ask freshman like Deryck Thornton in 2015 who skipped his senior year of high school to come to Duke and take over at the point guard position right away. Frank Jackson showed spurts of greatness throughout the season but wasn’t able to get his team past the Round of 32.
There’s always a what if though.
What if Goldwire develops into something special for Duke? We’ve seen it in year’s past where low-profile recruits blossom into college basketball stars and in some cases, NBA Draft Lottery picks. But, why not? Duke has all the tools and facilities a college basketball player could imagine. More recently, Frank Mason of Kansas, who was originally committed to Towson, and just won the Naismith Award for best college basketball player in the nation.
Who knows. Maybe Goldwire is the next Frank Mason in that aspect.
****Goldwire was teammates with fellow 2017 Duke signee Alex O’Connell. It’ll be interesting to see if these guys build something special at Duke together as they are most likely four-year players.
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