2020 - Big - Mark Williams (Offer)

I certainly could see Kessler playing the 4 @ Duke. The seem to have big 4’s often

… that’s just being greedy.

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I don’t think it would be a dealbreaker for two reasons… I’m not sure they have many (any?) other bigs on the roster and Kessler definitely would be being sold on playing the four at Duke.

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Yep they talked up WCJ and Bagley as the example. Duke usually runs with multiple players who could play C since they mostly plan to out-talent you.

Yeah I can definitely see how Kessler would be sold on playing the 4. We all know bigger players love being told they can play perimeter. He can certainly shoot well enough to play on the outside. But Bagley and Carter were way more athletic and nimble on their feet to be able to guard opposing 4s and actually move on the perimeter offensively.

I realize that in recruiting there isn’t always logic involved though! You say whatever you need to in order to get players to come to your school. My guess is if both committed to Duke, Kessler would start at the 5 and Williams would come off the bench until whenever Kessler leaves.

Even if they both play the five, unlikely that either plays more than 30 minutes so there is still time available. Kessler playing 20 mins at the 5 and 10 at the 4 and Williams playing 20 mins at the 5, for example.

Dylan, we need a big … don’t give any more credence to this Duke heresy than absolutely necessary.

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Ha, well Michigan certainly can pitch plenty of opportunity too. I’m just trying to explain to you guys that these two recruitments are not an either/or situation. Honestly, they probably aren’t for Michigan either, all things considered.

Ha the recruits should view it as an either or situation if they are smart though. No highly rated guy wants to come in to a situation where they are virtually guaranteed to only play 15-20 mins a game. Kessler is really good. I don’t see him sitting a lot. I also think no matter what Coach K says, his best position is the 5 and I can’t see him getting much time at the 4. If Williams is ok getting limited minutes until Kessler leaves, then I can see why he’d do it though.

Sam Webb mentioned on his Recruiting Roundup this morning that Mark cancelled his visit to OSU this weekend, and is instead now coming to campus for an OV. First I’d heard of it, surprised to not hear it from another source yet. He didn’t mention Brakefield or Jace, but aren’t those two also slated to visit officially this weekend?

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Ohio State is full, I believe, so not surprising that visit would be canceled. Have not heard if Williams moved his OV from the 25th (previously announced) to the 5th.

But yes, Brakefield and Howard are expected for OVs this weekend.

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May feel some time pressure because of Dickinson…

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Can we just split Williams and Dickenson with Duke and call it a day please?

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Has to be a good sign that we can land one of them. Or I’m just a naive optimist

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The concern would be Dickinson choosing Florida State or Notre Dame instead of Duke, or Williams choosing UCLA.

Let’s get that in contract form ASAP

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Any news from his visit on Saturday? We’re in his top 3 so I think there should be more talk here.

He’s considered a pretty massive Duke lean

He was on campus, we’re working on getting a reaction. Either way, he has strong ties to Duke (sister plays there, Jalen Johnson is his teammate at IMG and will be on his OV with him) and they are still the favorite.