At first glance, the recruiting rankings for new Baylor commit Damiyne Durham aren't really that impressive. He's a 247 Composite 3* SG and one of the top 300 players in the country by almost any measure, it's just not the level of player we're accustomed to getting. I also knew nothing about him coming into today and am predisposed against strangers, I guess.
But apparently, we're getting quite the player. Since I know so little, here's everything I could find on twitter until I have time to do a full update.
New #Baylor hoops commit Damiyne Durham's offer list includes Memphis, Michigan, Marquette, Texas, Texas A&M, DePaul + K-State among others.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) August 24, 2013
This is good info from ESPN 1660's Craig Smoak. Rick Barnes is not going to be happy about this at all. Why these offers aren't represented on his 247 profile, we'll have to find out together.
An amazing note about @BaylorMBB commit Damiyne Durham, Oakwood HS is a 6-Man FB program, 1-A in basketball, had tremendous list of offers.— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) August 24, 2013
Now this is interesting and could be part of the reason why Durham's rankings aren't very high. How many talent evaluators make it out to Oakwood? Let's find out more.
Best hoops player I saw in 2012.- "@CraigSmoak: Per @SicEmSports, 2014 Oakwood SG Damiyne Durham has committed to Scott Drew and #Baylor."— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) August 24, 2013
That's good stuff! Wells had more to say that was worth reading.
@SicEmSports He's got superior body control and coordination for a kid his size. Good handles, incredible leaping ability, goes to left....— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) August 24, 2013
@SicEmSports ...left as good as his right. Explosive to the basket in spurts, shoots consistent from 22-25 feet range. Nice, long release.— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) August 24, 2013
@jerrymeyer247 Don't know him but Durham I recall had good reviews from Adidas EuroCamp where a team of US kids went to Treviso.— Global Hoops (@GlobalHoops1) August 24, 2013
That makes me feel better about things, for sure. Thoughts from the gallery?
BTW-- Emmanuel Mudiay, the #1 player in the country, is committing to SMU tonight over Baylor, UK, and everybody else in the known world. That's happening.