Recruiting is a funny business. Coaches and fans get wound up on one prospect or one decision and then they go somewhere else and everyone is upset about that.
This happened to Duke in the early years of K, when Curtis Hunter was a great prize. A native of Durham, Hunter was still a big priority for the rebuilding Duke program.
But he chose UNC, and because Duke needed a player with his size and ability, he chose David Henderson.
Hunter had an injury-plagued career and Henderson emerged as the soul of the K’s first great team.
So you never know.
Now is the case of Seth Towns, who chose Ohio State over Duke when he decided to leave Harvard.
It wasn’t too painful for Duke, but he missed it.
Or at least that’s what people thought at the time.
Even as a catcher, Towns has had a rough time with injuries.
Because of those injuries, layoffs and Covid, Towns, one of the very few people to have seven years of college eligibility, has now decided to retire from basketball.
Or at least college basketball: Who knows what the future holds? He may go overseas in good health. If not, the Harvard/Ohio State tuition is amazing. He will do well.
But getting hurt in recruiting, while fun, really underscores the point that it’s often a waste of time. There are too many variables to know how anyone will fare.