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Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Tim Duncan’s quiet and dignified NBA retirement the San Antonio Spurs announced Monday made me think of Harry Giles. He’s Duke’s incoming freshman big man with an understated personality.I’m referring to temperament – not leaping ahead to comparing skills of a kid to a legend...

Markell Johnson latest star to reclassify

Markell Johnson latest star to reclassify

Look for Markell Johnson’s reclassification gamble to land somewhere between Jamal Murray and Derryck Thornton.The North Carolina State-bound point guard is the latest example of a high-profile basketball recruit entering college early. Johnson, a four-star point guard as a...

Kentucky recruits put on a show for Calipari

Kentucky recruits put on a show for Calipari

RALEIGH — Kentucky coach John Calipari made a quick trip to Tobacco Road to watch two of his 5-star bluegrass recruits – Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox — battle head-to-head in the semifinals of the 44th annual HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational at the Broughton High gym that...

Kentucky bluegrass flavor in Tobacco Road tournament

Kentucky bluegrass flavor in Tobacco Road tournament

RALEIGH, N.C. — Three Kentucky 5-star basketball commitments add a bluegrass flavor to Tobacco Road’s 44th annual HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational staged in the heart of ACC country.The Kentucky 5-star trio are power forward Bam Adebayo, a 6-foot-9, 230-pounder from...

Gotffried wins recruiting battle and maybe better parking

Gotffried wins recruiting battle and maybe better parking

A year ago North Carolina State’s Mark Gottfried accidentally blocked in Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in a jammed parking lot on the recruiting trail.They arrived along with North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Wake Forest coach Danny Manning for the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational...

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week in Raleigh.I wondered how many of the elite high school players --...