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David McCormack Talks Hoops, Visits Duke

mcDavid McCormack has had a busy spring.  The 6-9 post player is taking a break from Oak Hill Academy to attend camps which included the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville this past weekend.  He has also played with Adidas on their European tour just getting back before his latest event.

McCormack holds offers from Oklahoma State who recently hired his AAU coach.  He is also a target of Georgetown and N.C. State is making a run, among others.  The popular big man visited Duke this past Saturday with his mom where he had a successful visit in allowing him to see the facilities and speak with the staff.

The Oak Hill product is a priority target for Duke and the Blue Devils will certainly be a factor once he decides his destination.

You had a great start to the camp putting up balanced numbers.

Just sticking to my natural game, being a powerhouse, playing hard.

You recently had a chance to grow your game by playing overseas. How did that trip help you?

It was great.  I had a chance to go into Venice which was awesome.  I liked the relates, Italian ice cream is amazing.  The practices and my time their was very structured.  A lot of people said I played well at the event, but, ,me personally, I am never satisfied.

Definitely that I need to improve on playing against taller players.  we were playing against players who were 7-5 and he had a long wing span making it more difficult to get shots over him.

You are more of a traditional big man with your play.  How important is if for you that schools recruiting you have had success with true centers?

Very important in that the school needs to fit me.  I need to make sure the program and coach fits me with their playing style.  I am definitely looking at inside/out style of play and how they develop big men.

You had a good spring thus far.  What is the reason for that?

It is just a case of me getting better.  I have worked on my body and expanding my game beyond the paint.

Have you trimmed your list yet?

I haven't trimmed my list at all and are open to any school coming in. I have no timetable yet and will just visit some schools with my fam

You have lost some weight and worked on your body.  How has that come along?

I am down to 265.  In total, I think I have lost about 40 pounds from my heaviest.

Any visits planned?

After this camp is over I will be taking an unofficial visit to Duke. And I plan to visit N.C. State on Fathers Day.

Describe your game in your own words.

Big guy, traditional big, old school player who loves to play in the paint.  I work hard, tries to use his outside game, tries to have a mid range game, loud vocal and has a lot of energy.

What are your thoughts on the Duke program?

Definitely a great program with a great tradition, Coach K, Coach Capel, Coach James, their big man coach...it is all good with great coaches on the bench.  I talked to the whole staff evenly.  I talked to Coach Capel, James, Scheyer and even Nolan Smith at times.

Are other schools on you hard?

Talking to a lot of schools, non stop, my phone is blowing up.

You visited UVA...

I got to tour the facilities and build a relationship with the UVA staff and how they would use me. He would like to have an inside presence he has not had.

How did the Duke visit come about?

That was their request and moms request.  She wanted me to get on campus and see what it was about.  She does not like all the flash talk.  She wants to get down to business and have a sit down with Coach K and the rest of the staff.

Who are some of the people who will help you in making a collegiate choice?

As far as the decision goes, I have a small circle.  Me, my mother, aunt and pastor to make sure there is a great fit athletically, academically and spiritually.  As far as coaches, I want to build relationships and see their plans for development.

Are there players on the circuit you would like to play with in college?

I can play with anybody.  I am not selfish player.

You recently had a trip overseas where you could improve your game.  Tell me about that.

 

NBAPA Top 100 Camp Day One

grrThe NBA Top 100 Camp got underway in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday afternoon.   Duke has a few prospects here including David McCormack who is slated to visit the Blue Devils campus this Saturday.

McCormack has been solid averaging 10.5 ppg and leading all camp players by pulling down 10.0 rebounds per contest.  He is playing for the Bucks where his teammate is Cole Swider who also holds a Duke offer.

Swider is the  9th leading scorer in the camp at 11.5 ppg despite playing just 14 minutes after being injured in his second game. Swider had nice things to say about the Blue Devils as did McCormack which is covered in detail on our premium message board.

In other camp notes, Matthew Hurt is averaging 10.5 ppg and Duke has shown interest in him.  UNC bound Coby White is the 2nd leading scorer here to date at 20.0 ppg.  Also impressive is Simisola Shttu who is putting up numbers of 23 ppg and 8.5 boards

 

Trevon Duval is a Blue Devil

tdTrevon Duval decided to play his college basketball career with Duke University.  Duval is rated the top point guard prospect in the nation and will start immediately at Duke.

''Basketball has taken me from Queens, to Delaware, to places I never even dreamed of when I first started dribbling. I couldn’t have made it here without my dad, who has always kept me hungry, and my mom, who has always kept me humble. And with their blessing, today, I’m ready to announce the next step in my journey.''

See his announcement here.

 

Nike EYBL Session Day One Recap

Jon Scheyer and Chris Collins at the Nike EYBL Session I in Hampton, Virginia
Jon Scheyer and Chris Collins at the Nike EYBL Session I in Hampton, Virginia

Day one of the Nike EYBL Session I is in the books as several Duke prospects kicked off the season in Hampton, Virginia.

The most impressive performance came from big time prospect Cameron Reddish who came alive in the second half when Duke Assistant Coach Jon Scheyer showed up.  Reddish led Team Final to an easy win, tallying 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.

Another key target is the brother of Tyus Jones.  Tre is his own player and he continues to make a name for himself.  His Howard Pulley team lost a close game in their opener.  He finished the night with 12 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds.

Point Guaed, Darius Garland had 14 points, tying for a team high and 5 assists, but his Bradley Beal Elite team lost a close game.  Another Duke prospect R.J. Barrett was not in uniform for UPLAY Canada. No reason is known as to why at this time.

Marvin Bagley III had 27 points and 10 rebounds but his team lost a low scoring game.

Several new names on the radar performed well as Jon Scheyer took time to watch several players play about one half each.  We will be talking about those new names on the BDN message board in the coming days.  Mike Krzyzewski is expected to come in town tomorrow.  Already in attendance were Roy Williams, John Calipari and Steve Alford, amongst others.

Former Duke players and coaches Johnny Dawkins of Central Florida and Chris Collins of Northwestern were also at the event. Both Duke alums are coming off huge seasons with their respective teams.

Coming soon, several interviews which include Cameron Reddish and Tre Young.  The event continues at the crack of dawn tomorrow and runs through Sunday.

Duke To Visit Kevin Knox on Wednesday

images (3)One of the nations last major uncommitted  prospects will entertain Duke this Wednesday night.  Kevin Knox announced that he would have in home visits with four schools before deciding on where he would attend college.

North Carolina and Missouri will visit the Knox family on Wednesday followed by Duke and Mike Krzyzewski.  This will come after Florida State and Kentucky visit this evening.

Duke is selling Knox on replacing Jayson Tatum in their lineup. Tatum will be among three more first round draft picks for Duke in the coming NBA Draft.  The Blue Devils will also pitch that they have the pedigree of getting players to the next level and not holding their players back.

Knox has long been on the Blue Devils wish list where the staff has made him a priority early on in the process.

Cameron Reddish Gets Duke In Home Visit

Cameron Redish right, is picture with fellow Duke prospects Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and Blue Devils to be Wendell Carter and Gary Trent. - BDN Photo
Cameron Redish right, is picture with fellow Duke prospects Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and Blue Devils to be Wendell Carter and Gary Trent. - BDN Photo

One of the top players on the Nike EYBL circuit is Cameron Reddish and he is getting plenty of attention from the Duke Basketball staff. In fact, he has been to Cameron Indoor Stadium on numerous occasions already where it is clear he likes the Blue Devils.

Just this past season, Reddish had his named called out by the Cameron Crazies where they cheered, ''Cameron Reddish, sit with us,'' during a Duke home game.  Reddish smiled widely and immediately leapt to his feet and made his way to stand with the students.  It was as if he had been waiting anxiously for the invite.

The Duke staff most recently visited Reddish in home at Haverton, Pennsylvania.  Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer flanked Mike Krzyzewski as they explained how he would fit in at Duke, making sure he knew he was a priority target.

Reddish most recently told Made.Hoops.com about the visit where he stated,  “It was fun, I thought it was a great visit,” said Reddish. “We talked about what I need to work on and how they are going to help me get to where I want to be. Coach K spoke on how and where he would play me if I were to go there. He sees me as the key piece to that team and that I could help them recruit other players if I were to commit. Those were a couple of his key points to me.”

“He is legendary so about ten minutes into the meeting I was saying to myself, ‘wow this is crazy he is really in my house right now,’ said Reddish. “I tried to soak up all the knowledge I possibly could from him. He has a lot of great information so I made sure to listen to everything he had to say.”

His comments can be read in their entirety here where he also speaks of visits from Villanova and Kentucky.  Link is here - http://www.madehoops.com/news_article/show/780924?referrer_id=1272156

Duke has in the past zeroed in on players who have responded well to their pitch.  They then become the guys who help recruit other players to play around them.  Ideally, Reddish would fit into this mold in a big way should he realize that his future lies at Duke.

The Blue Devils staff will certainly concentrate their efforts on Reddish as he takes to the court during the Nike EYBL Session I in Hampton, Virginia later this month.

Reddish has all the tools as a player that Duke covets and he has played for USA Basketball which is another plus.  There are plenty of reasons to feel good about where the Blue Devils stand in his recruitment for this seems to be a good fit for both player and school.

The star to be small forward prospect with a sold skill set can be followed at Killa@camreddish on Twitter and seen playing for Team Final on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Reddish hold several offers, most notably from Duke, Kentucky and Villanova.  I feel very good about the Blue Devils chances with this sold prospect.