BDN's Andrew Slater is on the scene in Akron, Ohio where he is sending back results as they happen this weekend.  Another reason to join Blue Devil Nation Premium where we are more than a little active on the recruiting trail.  Join and talk about the results from the weekend with other members in our private forums.

BDN on the scene in Akron – Miller tosses in 25 and Gbinije has a solid game

BDN's Andrew Slater is on the scene in Akron, Ohio where he is sending back results as they happen this weekend. Another reason to join Blue Devil Nation Premium where we are more than a little active on the recruiting trail. Join and talk about the results from the weekend with other members in our private forums.

AKRON –  The Blue Devil Nation’s Andrew Slater is on hand for the LeBron James “King James” camp in Akron ,Ohio.

Just this morning Michael Gbinije’s  numbers were 10 of 13 (0 for 1 3pt FG), 2 for 3 FT totaling 22 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds ( 2 off), 2 steals, 1 block.  Quincy Miller followed with a 25 point effort and if you are or were a premium subscriber these are the kind of updates you would get as it happens.  So, why not join the hottest premium Duke site on the web and get what we feel is the best overall information in the business.

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OL prospect Marc Mustoe hopes to visit Duke this summer

Marc Mustoe is a 6’7” 273 pound junior offensive tackle from Arvada, Colorado. Duke is the first and only ACC program to offer the 2009 second-team all-league player from West Arvada High School.

Marc describes himself as a “tough, hard-working player, who goes all out every time, every play.” Going into his senior year, he’s hoping to work on his overall strength and speed.

For his college choice, Marc is looking for the right environment and fit, both academically and in a football program. He wants a school that will make him the best college football player he can be, while allowing him to earn a meaningful degree. Marc does not currently have a leader, but has visited Kansas State, Colorado, and Utah this spring. He found each school to have its own strengths, and mentioned he really liked the picturesque and inviting feel of the campuses he’s visited so far. He mentioned that location from home is not a big factor in his decision, but finding a church community close to campus is important to him.

Kansas State has been recruiting Marc the longest, but Duke has also been in contact often with the big junior, led by coaches Matt Luke and Matt Lubick. Marc mentioned that he had received letters of interest from each member of the Duke coaching staff, and that seemed to stand out to him. He’s working really hard to find a time to visit Duke, and is hoping to make the trip at the end of May or early June.

Marc is hoping to make a decision by the end of the summer and before the start of his senior football season. He’s looking forward to playing alongside standout tackle Paul Thurston, a rising star in the class of 2012 who already has interest from Texas, Oregon, Kansas, UCLA, and Colorado.

Brian Zoubek says his farewells during Duke’s Awards Banquet

Zoubek and James walk of the court as champions! - BDN Photo

DURHAM – The Duke Men’s Basketball team held their annual Awards Banquet last evening in Cameron but this one was extra special in that the national championship was attained.  Fans, families, players and coaches said their farewells to five seniors, one of which was Brian Zoubek.  It’s hard to find words to describe how magical a season this was and watching Zoubs grow into a man beast.  This kid will forever be in my heart for his effort and as Coach K said, “We couldn’t have won the national championship without Brian Zoubek.”  Here is his speech from last nights ceremony.  Enjoy –

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2009-10 Duke Men’s Basketball Award Winners
Swett-Baylin Award (Most Valuable Player): Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, Lance Thomas, Brian Zoubek
Dr. Deryl Hart Award (Top Scholar-Athlete): Brian Zoubek
Glenn E. “Ted” Mann, Jr., Award (Reserve Contributing Most to Team Morale): Miles Plumlee
Coach’s Award (Player Exemplifying the Commitment and Values of Duke Basketball while Displaying Overall Improvement): Nolan Smith
Iron Dukes Award (Most Minutes Played): Jon Scheyer
Bill Krzyzewski Captains’ Awards: Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas
Best Field Goal Percentage Award: Brian Zoubek
Best Rebounding Average Award: Brian Zoubek
Best Free Throw Percentage Award: Jon Scheyer
Most Assists Award: Jon Scheyer
Best Defensive Player Award: Kyle Singler, Lance Thomas
Gopal Varadhan Senior Manager Award: Eric Skeffington
Harry Rainey Spirit Award: Brennen Britton
Charles Hogan Memorial Band Award: Kristin Sourbeer

Duke eyeing OL prospect Cody Robinson

Cody Robinson is a 6’4” 305 pound offensive guard from Mc Minnville, Tennessee. He describes himself as a “high motor” player who thrives in fast-paced games where he can utilize his size and strength to make blocks. He bench-presses 445 pounds and squats 565 pounds, combined with a 4.92 second 40-yard time and 4.39 second shuttle. For his senior year, he says “every player dreams of winning a state championship, that’s my goal. I also want to just be the best football player I can, improving on my speed and strength.”

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Cody hasn’t finalized his summer plans yet, but intends to attend camps at Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Duke, and Arkansas. He’s looking to find a school where he fits in with the players and coaches, and hopes to further evaluate that during camps and other visits.

Currently, Cody holds 8 scholarship offers, from Duke, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Tulane, and Chattanooga. He’s also been in contact with coaches from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Arkansas. Location will not be a big factor in Cody’s decision, once he finds the school that is the perfect fit, whether it’s from the SEC, ACC, or PAC-10.

Duke and Vanderbilt have been recruiting him the longest, and he has visited both campuses. He has also recently visited Illinois, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Kentucky. On his visits, he’s found a couple schools that stood out because he felt he “naturally got along with the people there,” but he’s not ready to declare a leader. From the Duke staff, he’s been mostly in contact with offensive line coach Matt Luke and is looking to finalize his choice before his senior year.

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OL prospect Mack Crowder is on the Duke radar

Max Crowder has caught the eyes of the Duke staff.

Duke Football is hot on the recruiting trail and offensive lineman are on the menu this week.  BDN’s Patrick Cacchio talked with three offensive line prospects and here is the first offering.

Cacchio and our staff will be keeping tabs on several gridiron prospects as BDN Premium expands it’s coverage of football recruiting.

Mack Crowder is a 6’4” 270 lbs junior center from Bristol, Tennessee, who currently holds offers from three ACC schools. Mack has been chosen as a preseason All-State and All-American center, and has yet to allow a sack in his high school career.

On the field, Mack uses the snap count to “fire off hard,” making solid blocks in both for both the running and passing game. He likes to use his speed to make blocks downfield and feels he’s a tough matchup for most linebackers. For his senior year, his goals are to “get better, stronger, faster, and smarter at playing football.” In the classroom, he wants to keep up his good grades to prepare himself for college.

For his college choice, Mack is looking for a school with a good mix of academics (he has an interest in business or management), football, and location. So far, he has received three offers from ACC schools that all meet his criteria – Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Duke. He really liked the physical style of football at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, but mentioned that Duke has the best academics and a football team that is “getting better every year under Coach Cutcliffe and the coaching staff.” Mack has visited all three ACC schools and met with the head coaches, and hopes to make additional visits this summer to develop relationships with the staffs.

Mack has also received offers from Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee, and hopes to have more offers soon. He hopes to finalize his college choice before the start of his senior year. Mack plans on attending at least two or three camps this summer, pending his father’s work schedule. BDN will be in touch with Mack again as he nears his college decision.

Duke’s Coach K drops in on 2011 prospect Tyler Adams

Tyler Adams Duke
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Nate James dropped in on Tyler Adams during an open gym on Tuesday and BDN Premium has the center prospects thoughts on the visit. Will he visit Duke soon? Is Duke still his leader? You'll have to join to find out and once you do, talk about the latest on our private members only message board which is the fastest growing Duke forum on the web. BDN Photo

Make no mistake that Duke is working the recruiting trail hard and they are in no way resting on their laurels.  Of course, when you are coming off a national championship, everybody takes notice when you walk through the doors. And that was the case when Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his assistant Nate James took in an open gym in Mississippi where one of their top targets, Tyler Adams, [6-9 PF, C, Brandon, MS] was on display.

“There were a lot of people from the school trying to come in the gym and get his autograph and get a picture of  him.  Every coach has been by, but it was different when Coach K came.,” said Adams when questioned about Krzyzewski’s visit.

“Duke came to watch me yesterday and everything went Recruiting is red hot on BDN Premium.  Join now and don’t miss a beat. [private] real well and my family was able to see Coach K for the first time, so that was good,” said Adams

The Blue Devils staff could not talk with the Adams family per NCAA rules, nor Tyler for that matter but it was obvious by his answers that he appreciated the visit.

“I’ve talked to Coach K three or four times on the phone and I’ve got a pretty good relationship with him,” said Adams who has yet to talk to Krzyzewski in person.  It’s an honor to be offered by Duke and I’m pretty interested in them,” said Adams.

The Mississippi native continued the conversation stating he had visitors today as well. “Michigan State came to visit me today and Alabama and Memphis.  I’m being recruited by a lot of people but basically those are the schools coming hard with Mississippi State.”

Adams also confirmed to the Blue Devil Nation that Duke is the leader at this time for his services.  Adams also said that he would be visiting Duke soon and that is the only visit he has set up. “I am going to take a visit to Duke in first part of June.  That’s the only visit I have set so far.”

When asked how Krzyzewski would use him at Duke, Adams stated, “He basically told me that they don’t have a back to the basket player on their team who likes to bang.  He said he would use me with my back to the basket and let me bang.  I am not a guy that floats out on the perimeter, I just like to stay in the blocks.”

Adams also praised his relationship with Nate James by saying,  “I got a real good relationship with Coach James.  We’ve talked several times about things other than basketball too.”

After three consecutive weeks of AAU play, Adams has the next three weeks off and he plans to workout a lot during that time.  His Jackson Tigers team will next attend the Nike EYBL Session II which is held in Houston, Texas. [/private]