Rhody1992 wrote:To answer questions,
1) Yes I am a graduate of URI. So that's another reason why I root for Rhody however the Friar in me has been alive since pretty much birth. I caught a lot of shit during my 4 years at URI for being a Friar fan and I accept that but I do believe I also have the right as a URI to pull for URI outside of that 1 game per year they play PC. Also being in separate conferences makes it easier to do so too. People that bring up the the fact that I can't support both and use the Sox-Yanks or Duke-UNC rivalry as comparison fail to remember those teams are in the same division/conference.
2) PC did not win in a play-in game. The other poster got it right, PC beat USC in the 8-9 matchup 2 years ago
3) I love this rivalry and I'm glad both teams are good NCAA tournament, top-25 caliber teams with great coaches at the helm of each program.
4) Yes those so-called "experts" on 247 have DD going to VT, however in the Jermaine Harris board we mention they have JH going to Xavier. But in that thread we mention how inaccurate they are, so I think we should bring up that exact same thought here. So we can't contradict ourselves. Either we buy into their predictions or we don't. They are inaccurate. I think David Duke chooses Providence and Jermaine Harris chooses URI.
I know you did not bring all this up but to me points 1), 2) and 3) have nothing to do with the David Duke recruiting thread. The PC-URI, Cooley-Hurley stuff does not belong on David Duke's thread or any individual Recruits threads imho.
Point 4 does belong,
All year long PC has been the choice of the 247 prediction people - 100%. Then the VaTech visit occurred with the Clemson-VaTech and ESPN Game Day and there was a huge change as VaTech went to a 75% selection with 6 picking VaTech and 2 still picking PC. One of those 2 picked back in February. Incoming Freshman PG Wabessa Bede from Duke's own Cushing Academy helped tour Duke through the weekend events.
Now you bring up that we mention how inaccurate the 247 Prediction people are in the Jermaine Harris thread. No, not "we". That is true that some posters say that and discount the 247 opinions. I never said they were inaccurate. I never said they were accurate. Simply a source of information to take however one decides to. You should not apply group think to that anymore than you should apply group think to "all fans should root for both PC and URI."
I think it is noteworthy that 247 predictors went from 100% PC to 75% VaTech and 25% PC following the Duke to VaTech Official Visit.
247 Predictors are simply a source for information, not the only source for sure. Just like twitter, twitter followers, individual posters, Projo sportswriters, facebook, instagram,bloggers, etc are not the only sources. We read and come up with our own opinions.
Again, to me PC should get Duke. Cooley has recruited him for years, he is a Providence native. He has AAU teammates on the Friars. But you never know with 18 year olds. He may want to play in the ACC, he may want to venture away from home, he may see the opportunity for more playing time at VaTech in the early years, later years, or both. He may have liked the girls he saw on the VaTech campus, he may like a school of 31,000 students versus a school of 4,500. Could be some of the same reasons you picked URI over PC. Who knows. It's not all about the basketball in these decisions. I personally would opt to move away, see the country, travel more, experience life in a different part of the country. Joe Mazzula did this when he opted for West Virginia. Kimani Lawrence opted for Arizona State. That's the value of Official Visits. Players get to see what life would be like and some chose that life. Duke may go to VaTech, maybe PC - surprises happen all the time in the recruiting world.