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Friday, May 06, 2005

Horse Race for Brian Zoubek

On the weekend of the Kentucky Derby, it's only fitting that the recruiting battle for Brian Zoubek, #3 on the list of centers in the HS class of 2006, has come down to a horse race between Duke and Stanford. Click here for a very recent article at bootleg.com, a website dedicated to Stanford Cardinal athletics. Click here for links to my prior posts on Brian Zoubek's recruitment.

This is a choice between good versus good, Duke versus Stanford, with Wake Forest, another good choice, rounding the post as a dark horse, trying to eke out a victory at the finish line.

It's also a choice between the dynasty, where Zoubek would be one in a long line of outstanding players, versus a good program that has flirted with greatness, where he probably could make a bigger impact if he's as good as people think he could be.

What would you do? Go with the dynasty or go where you'd have a better chance, probably, to be a star?

But it's hard to turn down a shot to play for the Yankees, isn't it? The Yankees just don't call anyone, do they?

Then again, as evidenced by this year's 11-18 start, the Yankees don't always win, either.

And even then again, isn't the Yankee concept I'm trying to evoke one that says it's up to the individuals involved to make theirs a championship experience, regardless of whether the laundry reads Duke or Stanford? If that's the case, who's to say that Brian Zoubek can't help Stanford to a Final Four appearance and perhaps a national title?

Duke or Stanford. What would you advise an eighteen year-old with Brian Zoubek's combination of brains and basketball ability to do? What would you do?

5 Comments:

Blogger Amateur said...

As a Stanford alum my advice would be biased ...

However, it is not obvious that the Stanford of 2005 is the same Stanford that "flirted with greatness" as you put it, since the departure of coach Montgomery. I think that there is a bit of a risk there.

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