Our latest interview is with hot 2010 prospect Harrison Barnes. Brandon Knight is on deck and we will have camp updates. For information on how to join Blue Devil Nation Premium and preview our latest offerings, go here
Barnes is the real deal. He has a great overall package on the court. He slashes to the rim, can take his man inside or out and is a capable rebounder. His defense is really good for a young kid and he spaces and moves about the court well. Plays within himself and is selfless. He's bright, well mannered and attentive. As a soph, he averaged 16.8 PPG. He is in nearly everybodies 2010 Top Ten Prospects list. He is being evaluated by Duke this week.
If someone had never seen you play, how would you describe your game?
I would just say that I can do anything I need for the team to win. I can post up, go out to the perimeter, take the ball in, play defense. I would sacrifice my time and stay on the bench or do whatever to help my team win.
Where are you in the recruiting process at this time?
Iowa State and Iowa have been on me for a long time being that I play in state. Indiana, VCU, Maryland, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, USC have all offered.
Wow! That's quite a list. Are you open for anybody else to come in?
Are you hearing from other schools? Who have you heard from of late?
LSU, Georgetown and Duke
What about Georgetown?
They just say that they want to talk to me. They've called and expressed that they have interest in me.
What about Duke?
One of the coaches called recently.
Being from the Midwest, are you opposed to possibly going east?
Right now, I'm just waiting it out. I haven't ruled out going far yet. I am open to anyone.
What about your family, how would they feel about you leaving the area?
My Mom is okay with it. She has always said it was my decision to make, so she will support me anywhere I go.
Do you come from a big family?
Just me and my Mom and my sister.
Where does education come into play?
It's top of the list. It's ahead of basketball. You can only play basketball for so long.
Have you thought about what you might want to take in college?
Give me three words that best describes you as a person?
I'd say I'm personable, I'm a talker, I can talk ... communicate and I'm humble.
So, is there a timeline? Will you take all five officials or will you make a choice when it feels right?
I'm just taking my time right now. I am in no rush.
Who do you pattern your game after?
The skills? Somebody like Durrant.
How tall are you right now?
I'm 6-6 ... 6-7
And you are how old?
I just turned 16.
So, you have a long ways to go ... a lot of big schools are coming at you now. How do you stay grounded?
(At this time Travis McKie walked up and messed with Barnes) I said, "Hey, you got your time," as he walked off. Barnes stayed focused)
You just take it all in stride, one level at a time.
Do you go to a public school or a private school?
I go to a public school.
Do you have a preference in college?
As long as I get a good education ... that's all that matters.
Have you thought about being in classrooms that had like 130 as opposed to say 40?
I'd kind of like a small classroom.
Can you see yourself in the future and how you might use a business degree?
I just want to learn some managing skills and how money works in certain settings. I'd just like to start my own business. I would be willing to work in a larger firm until I figured out what I wanted.
What do you need to work on?
My dribbling so that I can play the 2 or 3 better in college.
Tell me one thing about Travis McKie that nobody knows?
(Looking at McKie who appeared again, laughing) Travis McKie, he's a punk. Seriously, I have had a chance to meet a lot of people at the camps and it has been enlightening.
Thanks for your time!
Coach K addressed the media today and mentioned that he would hit the road with his staff in early July. The exact date is July the 6th, which is Sunday. Former Coach Johnny Dawkins will serve with Team USA. Coach also mentioned that they try to recruit certain one and done type of kids and that he favored allowing talented kids go straight to the pros. He mentioned he preferred a two and one or two year commitment as well.
[private]Duke kicks it off at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio where Coach K and Wojo will cover Jamil Wilson who we interviewed just days ago, Harrison Barnes whose interview will be up tomorrow and Jason Morris, our latest premium offering. They will of course check out Andre Dawkins our first commitment in the class of 2010.
Coach Collins will be solo at the Adidas Tournament in Cincy. There he will see Josh Hairston who BDN has made it clear we think will be a Dukie and Nate Lubick who we interviewed last week. He will also see Josh Smith, 2010 PG Tyler Thornton who visited Duke unofficially just a short time ago and Ray McCallum.
Before Adidas, Collins will be solo at the Adidas event in Cincy. There he will watch Josh Hairston, who I have told you will commit to Duke unless something goes really wrong. Add Nate Lubick who I interviewed recently for BDN Premium, Tyler Thornton who visited Duke last week unofficially, Josh Smith and Ray McCallam.
Nate James will make his first splash at the Peach Jam (we will be at this event) where Wojo will show him the ropes. Jamil Wilson, Andre Dawkins who we are waiting to talk to in person and several youngsters will be at this event as well.
Meanwhile, Chris Collins will head to Miami with Coach K where they will take in Team Breakdown's Annual Tournament. He will of course be watching Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight. Oh, and don't pay too much attention to how Kenny responded to the Duke question in the link I provided. I want it out there that Duke is not the leader from his mouth. The reason being, the media can pick at Duke by asking him this question. That's the same thing that happened in the Monroe recruitment. He may well have gotten tired of the Duke leads questions. If the media gets wind of this statement, then this constant question will be defused. I mean Kendall Marshall's unscrupulous Father used this to annoy Kenny during the NBAPA Camp.
Then Duke will be represented at the Triple S Harley Jamfest- in West Virginia. Hairston and Thornton will participate in this event. The open period for coaches ends on this weekend and then they return to duties in Vegas with Team USA.
Duke will install their new scoreboard in Cameron Indoor Stadium in August. All of the men's team is currently on campus and playing pick up together with the exception of Henderson and Zoubs. Their injuries are healing as expected and they are on schedule. Our next interview is with the hot prospect, Harrison Barnes. Keep the names here, folks! No hints out there please.[/private]
If you would like to hear a dual interview with Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight, then go HERE. Maggard hits the AAU circuit hard and has a cool pod show going on. Tell him BDN sent you!
Jason holds several offers and was one of a handful of 2010 kids invited to the NBAPA Camp. He left that camp early for the Nike Paul Pierce Skills Academy.
He averaged 17.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.8 spg last season. He is often listen at 6-5, but is just under 6-4. He weighs in between 170 and 180.
He plays for the powerful Atlanta Celtics AAU cluband holds over ten offers. He is originally from Georgia. Scouting Report to come.
Tell me about yourself as a person ...
I really like working out and trying to improve my game. I'm always open to criticism to get an idea of what I don't see and try to correct that and work on the things I need too.
How did you get into hoops, your Dad?
Yes. Basketball is big with my family. My Grandfather played, my Uncle played and my Father. My Grandfather died when I was pretty young and he blew out his knee before signing with the New York Knicks.
A lot of schools are looking at you these days. You've become a hot commodity. Who is the most aggressive in their recruitment at this point?
The most aggressive are the teams around where I live. The Georgia Tech's, the Clemson's and UGA. That's just because I'm the hometown kid, so they've had more time to get to know me and can see me play.
There is a general consensus that Georgia Tech is a leader, is that true?
Uhh, I'm not sure at this point. I do have a close relationship with the coaching staff. Coach Hayes is the main contact.
How long have they been recruiting you?
About four years now.
That's a long time ... how old are you now?
So you were like twelve ...
More like 13. Since I was in the area, my Father contacted them to sort of see if I could come out and see if their guys are running. I was able to play against some bigger and stronger guys at another level which helped my game.
Has anybody else come into the picture of late?
Duke just came in the picture recently. UNC has said they will take a look at me and try to come to a couple of games. Other than that the main schools have been consistent over the past year and a half.
So, are you willing to add a Duke or UNC to your list?
(smiles) Yeah, definitely. I haven't really seen UNC's campus, but because of who they are I will listen. And Duke, their facilities are awesome.
Who is talking to you from those schools?
I haven't talked to anyone, but my Father has. I haven't had a chance to be home since school was out yet, so I don't know of any letters. I have been trying to pick and choose my time to put in the extra work. I am always willing to put in extra work, but sometimes you have to hang it up for a little while and rest.
Any time line on your decision? Will you take your five official visits?
At this time, I plan on taking the visits, but by the end of Summer or early Fall I will have a list together. I will then figure out what I want to do, watch their style of play. So, there will be a list of five by that time.
Speaking of style of play, what best fits you on the college level?
A lot of cutting, fast paced ... something where you are not restricted to one particular role.
... so, interchangeable positions?
Yeah, yeah. I mean everyone has a role within the team, but when it comes to a half court setting I'd like to operate from multiple positions.
How important is immediate playing time to you?
Um, well it's fairly important, but if my team is winning and that's all that counts.
What are you looking for in a coach?
A coach that goes after it and gets into everybody to be their best.
So, you want to be pushed to be all you can be, so to speak?
Yeah, that's how it was when I was growing up. My Dad would tell me like it was, I thrive on competition.
What are you like off the court? What do you do in your spare time?
I don't really turn on the TV too much. I watch ESPN, but other than that ... I listen to music, mellow out and relax. When I have the time I might call up a friend and go out to dinner andd stuff like that.
Three words that best describes you as a person?
Let's see ... quiet, humble and energetic.
Three as a basketball player ...
Explosive, team player and a leader.
How important is the education aspect for you in college?
You know, that's extremely important for there is always life after basketball. When it's time to hang it up, there are plenty of years left in life. I will consider what I want to take in school over the next year and a half.
Private school, public school? Large or small?
My whole life I went to sort of a small school until the seventh grade. At the start of the eigth grade, I went to a fairly large public school and then I went back up to the small private school which I am at now. I really don't have a preference, maybe around 10,000 or above but the numbers aren't really important to me.
Are you willing to get out of the state of Georgia?
Yeah. I travel all the time, so getting homesick is a phase I passed a while back.
Do you have a GPA score?
I don't know the exact numbers, but I just got my report card back and have a B+ average. [/private]
There are many fans who just insist that the sky is falling with Duke recruiting. Well, they should be singing a happy tune now for Duke received a commitment from Atlantic Shores star, Andre Dawkins on Thursday evening. Dawkins was fresh off a visit on Monday and could hardly wait to make his decision after being blown away by his visit and an offer.
Dawkins was the conference POY as a sophomore in a tough Tidewater league.
Duke was Dawkins' dream school growing up and for what it's worth, he is friends with Josh Hairston, playing one season of AAU ball with him. Dawkins is a 6-4 shooting guard with a sweet stroke, good handle and a lot of upside.
We hinted that Dawkins was a virtual lock earlier tonight on the premium message board. Shortly after that, he called the coaches who are in Las Vegas with the good news. I am dropping some more hints as to the next commitment to members of BDN Premium.
Dawkins plays for Boo Williams Senior team, the only underclassman on one of AAU's best squads. He is the first player to sign with the Blue Devils for the class of 2010. While Duke lost McDonald, they gained Dawkins and it was a dream come true for a great young man who has quite a bit of talent on the hardwood.
Factoids - Metro Conference Player of the Year. First Metro Conference player to make All-Tidewater since 1998. Averaged 22.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot 42 percent from 3-point range.