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Jalen Rose sticks by his Duke comments

The Fab Five-Duke drama won’t go away. For that, we can thank Jalen Rose. On ESPN’s First Take Tuesday morning, Rose and Jimmy King tried to explain their earlier comments about Duke’s recruiting methods and the term “Uncle Tom.”

From Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench:

Because Rose dances around that question with every interview. He always falls back on the “That’s what I thought when I was 17″ line, but never reveals if he thinks that now. Then he typically launches into all the reasons that Duke today doesn’t recruit “B level” black players from poorer backgrounds.

Rose: “Now I understand what [the Duke] program represents. … I get all that. But the bottom line is that they do recruit only a certain kind of player.”

Uncle Toms?

“That’s what I thought when I was 17 …” (Repeat as necessary).

Then, toward the end: “I haven’t seen Coach K in Detroit. But that’s just me.”

You can watch the interview here.

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