#AskCoachB: Package deals not overnight

February, 5, 2014
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A very interesting question about a possible new trend in recruiting.

As we all know, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014, Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young), and No. 4 Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley) decided together to attend Duke. They met on the basketball court when they were very young (third grade), and were invited to play for USA Basketball together in high school.

They first developed a friendship off the court, then became great teammates on the floor. Together, they experienced a high level of success.

Through their friendship and basketball talents, they both decided to attend Duke and be teammates.

It was a well-thought-out plan, not some fly-by-night deal.

They realized that they needed and wanted each other's talent on the floor and friendship off the court. I believe they will support each other when things get tough.

I am totally good with two guys going to the same school together, as long as it's well-thought-out for both parties. Remember, there is always a risk with this type of deal because it might work out for one, but not for the other. It really helps if the two players involved have a friendship based outside of basketball.

I am in favor of a good plan, but not some random package deal.

Paul Biancardi

Basketball Recruiting

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