April 29, 2011

Duncan close to decision

Kevin McCarthy

Robert Duncan is a name known to many basketball fans in the Sacramento area but now also to a certain East Bay high school. That's because the 6-foot-3 senior dropped 24 points against fabled McClymonds High on March 8 in a Granite Bay CIF northern regional playoff victory. He continued his streak of 20+ points per game -- started with 27 versus McNair in the San Joaquin Section playoffs, followed by 21 against Sheldon -- with 20 markers in the season finale for the Grizzlies which was a 12-point defeat at the hands of eventual state runnerup De La Salle. Now it's recruiting time for the young man.

photo of Robert Duncan

Duncan is currently playing for Coach Jason Barton's Nor Cal Pharoahs squad and Barton describes his protege as "a phenomenal talent, who rebounds well for his size and is a great team player. Robert is real personable, a great kid who gets along with everyone."

The Pharoahs were recently in Denver for a Double Pump tournament and that participation resulted in interest from South Dakota State, 19-12 in the recently completed season and a member of the Summit Conference.

Duncan, who moved to the Golden State a couple of years back from Tennessee, also has an official visit planned with the Air Force Academy.

San Francisco and Cal State Northridge have talked with Duncan bit it hasn't moved beyond that stage at this point.

As for the Granite Bay season, the Grizzlies finished 27-5, 9-1, winning the League (along with Woodcreek High) despite the presence of the Timberwolves and also Del Oro High. The only defeats incurred by Granite Bay for the season were a two-point loss to Newark Memorial, a seven-pointer to Woodcreek, a six-point defeat at the hands of Franklin, a one-point fall to Sheldon High and the season finale versus De La Salle.

"We accomplished our two main high school goals -- we won league and made it to Arco," Duncan explained. "It was a great ride."

Duncan averaged 20 points per game in the 2010-2011. He also won hardware as the most valuable player of the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in San Luis Obispo. He self describes his best basketball skills this way: "I can score and make plays pretty well."

The feedback he has received so far is that "I'm being looked at to play as a combo, a one and a two."

The NCAA signing window opened April 13 and closes on May 18.