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Curry will be eligible in 2010-11

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By Andy Katz

ESPN.com

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Duke didn't waste any time sulking over its Sweet 16 loss to Villanova Thursday night in Boston. Instead, the Blue Devils picked up the most coveted transfer available when the nation's top scoring freshman, Seth Curry of Liberty, decided to transfer to Duke for next season.

Curry's father, Dell, told ESPN.com Sunday night after a visit to Durham earlier in the day that Seth was offered a scholarship by the Blue Devils and accepted. Curry, who averaged 20.2 points a game for the Flames this past season, will sit out the 2009-10 season and be eligible for 2010-11 as a third-year sophomore. A source close to the Blue Devils confirmed the transfer offer was made and accepted.

Dell Curry, a former star guard with the Charlotte Bobcats, said once Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made clear the Blue Devils wanted him, it wasn't a hard decision for Seth. Dell Curry said Krzyzewski stressed that the Blue Devils will need scoring guards in two seasons after the departure of juniors Jon Scheyer and Gerald Henderson. The Blue Devils have two younger point guards in sophomore Nolan Smith and freshman Elliot Williams, who would be a senior and junior, respectively when Curry would be eligible.

Curry said the opportunity to continue his career at Duke, and get a Duke education were other major factors in the decision. Dell Curry said the family was wowed by the new Duke practice facility, which Dell said is on par with NBA facilities.

Seth Curry's plan once he left Liberty was to transfer to an ACC school in the state. He accomplished that goal within the first week. Dell Curry said that Liberty coach Ritchie McKay "was great through the process and really helped us. He was tremendous. He showed no bitterness."

The 6-3 Curry led the Flames to a 23-12 record this season and an appearance in the inaugural CollegeInsider.com tournament.

Meanwhile, Dell Curry said his elder son, Davidson junior guard Stephen Curry, still hasn't made up his mind on whether to declare for the draft. Stephen Curry is a projected lottery pick. He has until April 30 to declare for the draft, But Dell Curry said Stephen won't let the decision drag too long.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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he won't be nearly as good in the ACC. Just another 3 point shooter for Duke, and that did them a ton of good in the tourney.

Duke didn't lose because of three point shooting. Duke lost because they didn't shoot from anywhere. 16/60 isn't missing threes. That's missing absolutely everything.

Granted, if Duke had a guy that can provide high percentage shots (i.e. Shelden Williams) they could have put up a more of a fight.

Smith, Curry, and Williams will set Duke up with a good guard trio for 2010. Singler will be finishing his final year at forward and maybe Coach K will stop recruiting European mold big men and get a guy that wants to play with his back to the hoop. A senior Nolan Smith, third year Curry, junior Elliot Williams, Senior Singler, and a legit big man? Might be a good team.

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Duke didn't lose because of three point shooting. Duke lost because they didn't shoot from anywhere. 16/60 isn't missing threes. That's missing absolutely everything.

they shot 27 threes in that game. That is relying on the 3 way too much. Coach K is obsessed with shooters and it is not working for them recently. He needs a legit big man or Duke is overrated. If carolina had lawson in the acc tourney, they would have won and beaten duke for the 3rd time.

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they shot 27 threes in that game. That is relying on the 3 way too much. Coach K is obsessed with shooters and it is not working for them recently. He needs a legit big man or Duke is overrated. If carolina had lawson in the acc tourney, they would have won and beaten duke for the 3rd time.

First, a lot of those came in the second half after the game was already over. 5-10ish minutes into the half they pretty much just started launching prayers.

Link Relying on the 3 way too much?

Either I'm reading it wrong or Duke is in the middle of the pack as far as taking threes and the percentage of their scoring accounted for by threes. The 03-04 Duke got 33.4% of their offense from three. The 08-09 team got 35%. 1.6% difference. I assume you'll agree that the 03-04 team was as close to legit as Duke has been in recent history. The Duke lives and dies by the three line is a myth. Just look at the stats.

According to kenpom.com even the Shelden Williams/JJ Duke teams were in the same range, so your big man theory is off. I do agree for a different reason that Duke does need a big man or Duke needs better athletes at the guard positions. You can't play traditional Duke defense with mediocre athletes on the perimeter if you don't have an eraser in the middle. Duke's need for a big man stems from a defensive hole, not an offensive issue. In recent years Duke's defense has failed, not the offense.

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