DURHAM – The Duke Women’s Basketball team will sport one of the best freshman classes ever to come through Duke this season after a banner recruiting season but the Blue Devils will not rest on their laurels. The Blue Devils have targeted some of the nations top prospects and two of those visited campus this past weekend.
One of the prospects in town was Betnijah Laney one of the class of 2011’s best and Temi Fagbenle. Laney stands 6-0 and is in the process of moving to the wing and by all accounts that transition is going smoothly. Laney was first termed a power forward but most analyst think she will be a wing forward in college. She had a very successful summer where she was one of the better players on Team USA U-16’s Gold Medel team. Duke is high on the prospect as are several other schools which include UConn, Rutgers and Virginia.
Temi Fagbenle is currently playing for Blair Academy and she got there via her hometown of London, England in an effort to prepare to play her college basketball state side. The word on the recruiting trail is that she has showed great strides in her game and she possess all the tools to become a solid and versatile player at the next level. Fagbenle stands 6-4 and is being courted by Duke, Connecticut, Rutgers among others. She is ranked amongst the nations best and plays AAU ball for the Philly Belles.
Coach P’s Duke Women open the season with their annual Blue-White scrimmage on October 24th. Duke welcomes five five new freshman which we’ll talk more of in our women’s pre season preview coming next week to BDN.