1. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his assistant coaches are as good at adapting to the current climate as any staff. Kentucky doesn’t have the market cornered on one-and-done players. Duke has done it and will continue to do so. The pickup of Rodney Hood from Mississippi State was a major get and will ensure that the Blue Devils have one of the top guards in the country in the fall of 2013. Hood will be a third-year college student, a second-year Duke student, but a likely one-time Duke basketball player. Former Bulldog teammate Arnett Moultrie said during the Chicago pre-draft camp that Hood told him he was one-and-done wherever he landed after the one season. I won’t be surprised at all if that occurs. Hood should have a big impact with the Blue Devils and be high enough on NBA draft lists to leave after one season in Durham.
2. BYU coach Dave Rose, who said as of this month he has been cancer free for three years following a life-threatening/altering pancreatic tumor that was removed in an emergency surgery in Las Vegas, is raving about the return of Tyler Haws from a two-year Mormon mission. Haws is back in summer school and getting back in shape. Rose said he can score inside, drive and finish at the rim and is a tremendous free-throw shooter. He was all MWC as a freshman. He’ll immediately be one of the top players in the WCC, not on Gonzaga, next season.
3. The NCAA men’s basketball selection committee met last week in Salt Lake City and met with newly named director of the tourney: the Big East’s Dan Gavitt. The reaction to Gavitt has been overwhelmingly positive within the NCAA and from former committee members like Princeton AD Gary Walters, who said it was the best move the committee has made in years. Meanwhile, the committee made a few changes. The first ballot that is submitted for at-large teams now must have three votes instead of two for a team to make it; the first four lines instead of the first five in a region are now protected and the committee may now be open to stopping the practice of separating the top three teams in each conference in a region because of the larger conferences being formed. This would give the committee more flexibility, even if some conference members met early in a region.