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Podcast #530: Reviewing Recruiting & Conference Realignment

Duke loses on Bidunga, but hopes raise on Flagg.

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High School Basketball: Montverde Academy Sunshine Classic-IMG Academy at Montverde Academy
Dec 1, 2022; Montverde, Florida, USA; Montverde Academy forward Cooper Flagg (32) and IMG Academy forward Khani Rooths (right) chase a loose ball during the second half of the Sunshine Classic basketball tournament at Mills Championship Court on the campus of Montverde Academy. 
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Sam and Donald band together to bring you Episode 530 of the Duke Basketball Roundup, with Donald having returned from his soccer travels but missing Jason who is on a cruise of his own.

Sam and Donald begin with recruiting news, with Flory Bidunga deciding to play for the Kansas Jayhawks next season instead of the Duke Blue Devils. We discuss the factors that could have caused Bidunga to opt for Lawrence instead of coming to Durham. However, Cooper Flagg has also reclassified into the Class of 2024, which will intensify Duke’s recruitment of arguably the best player in high school right now.

After the break, we get into the wildness that is conference realignment. In the time Donald was gone on his trip to the Women’s World Cup, the Pac-12 became the Pac-4, the Big Ten and Big 12 had both expanded, and the ACC is left discussing expansion with Cal, Stanford, and even SMU. There’s a lot to break down about conference realignment, and not a lot of it is great for the student athletes that don’t play football or men’s basketball.

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