With Duke releasing Rasheed Sulaimon, are the Blue Devils glory days reaching the end?

He looked like a Top 50 star coming out of school.
But as more and more blue-chip talent arrived on the campus of Duke University in the names of Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor meant a deeper seat on the bench.

Thursday afternoon, Coach K released a statement saying that guard Rasheed Sulaimon was released from the team but not from the school:

“Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program,” coach Mike Krzyzewski mentioned in a statement. “After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program.”

After only scoring 3 points in 12 minutes at South Bend on Wednesday night, he and his teammates watch Jerian Grant go off for the Fighting Irish in a 77-73 upset.  It was not a pretty game, but it was about as exciting as Duke’s comeback in New York on Sunday for Coach K’s 1,000th career win.

But while they are facing a huge battle Saturday evening at undefeated Virginia, their 4-3 ACC record is very suspect at the moment–according to this blog reporter.  Even their top 3 seed streak is in serious jeopardy

His NBA draft status is very murky, but at times especially in those memorable 2014 duels with Tyler Ennis and Syracuse–he did rise to the occasion.

Plenty of schools looking for getting back into the tournament field

My next blog will be the debut of the appropriately titled headline of, “Under the Microscope.”  Using data from popular websites like kenpom.com and cbssports.com, I will take into account each trending school’s RPI, strength of schedule, records against good teams and whether they had any bad losses to teams they should have beat or reward them for games they lost either by one or two points in overtime to give them a slightly better shake.

I hope to post that blog later tonight.  See you then!


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