Tonight, we continue our annual Player’s Profile marathon until we Countdown to Craziness, that will profile each and every Duke player on the roster…
Ro is our Resident Recruiting Specialist, so here is his Profile of Frosh #12, Javin DeLaurier …
When Javin DeLaurier committed to Duke I had to look him up because I had never heard of him considering I try to keep track of every recruit associated with Duke.
I had to wonder why a Top 40 Recruit would commit to Duke when they had the #1 Recruit, at his position coming in, and also a consensus Top 3 Recruit, who happens to be a versatile Forward, committed to Duke.
To be fair, Harry Giles had not yet committed to Duke at the time of DeLaurier’s commitment but he was widely expected to do so. Something DeLaurier was aware of when he told ESPN, “… we are not done yet …” in terms of recruiting. Subsequently, Giles did commit and so did one of the top Centers in the class, Marquees Bolden.
Then you had to consider the returnees, Sean Obi, Antonio Vrankovic, and Chase Jeter – All big strong Forwards who would surely relegate DeLaurier to a minimal role. Not many kids these days want to put themselves in such a position, however, the more I read about the player the more I realise how different he was.
Firstly, while this in no way diminishes his basketball ambition, he has aspirations of becoming a Doctor and may have chosen Duke for this reason among others.
Secondly he realises his shortcomings as a player and thinks he can get better playing at Duke.
“What better way for me to get better than to go against two of the best guys in the country at my position every day in practice?” said DeLaurier, speaking about his fellow classmates Giles and Tatum. “I’m not as skilled as either of them yet.”
“Iron sharpens iron. You can’t be the best unless you’re playing against the best.”
Prior to his commitment to Duke, his High School Coach, Brian Kent said:
“…whether there are coaches in the gym or not the kid is ready to play, I think the number one thing coaches love about Javin is his motor. They always say I love the kid’s motor, I love how he gets up and down the court, the way he defends, he’s long and athletic and he does that in practice even when he doesn’t have coach Bennett or Coach Smart in the gym.”
It took one visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium to seal the deal for DeLaurier:
“It affected me in a way no other place has,” he said. “The tradition washed over me, and I decided I want to be next in line.”
Rated as a 4 Star Recruit, DeLaurier is considered to be a decent rebounder with a high ceiling for development. Listed at 6’10″ and 220 pounds he should be one of Duke’s most athletic players.
Considering that Harry Giles is expected to miss some time due to injury don’t be surprised if DeLaurier steals minutes from upperclassmen in the coming season.
Basketball is in his genes, as his 6’3” mother played at Rutgers and his father is 6’7”. Why mention this? Well they have three younger sons. DeLaurier could be the new Plumlee, maybe.
He also comes across as a very grounded individual, somewhat like Shane Battier. The quote below is the most thoughtful and insightful quip I have from an 18-year-old basketball player.
“You have to learn how to play with your teammates, and you might not always get along or like each other,” he said. “It forces you to put circumstances aside and achieve a common goal. When it comes down to it, you’re not always going to be able to pick your situation. Sometimes you’ve just got to do the best with what you’ve got.”
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