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Our infamous General Update #17 is up! (Get the real scoop on recruting)

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.

Around July the 8th, Coach K will go to the Reebok event where he will watch Kenny Boynton, Brandon Knight, Terrell Vinson and Nick Russell.

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]

Duke is checking out Jason Morris, 2010 SG

 Jason Morris, 6-4, 177, Class of 2010 Lakeville HS, Conn.  AAU - Atlanta Celtics

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]


Andre Dawkins is a Blue Devil

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.

Can Dawkins defend? Look here!        He was All State as a sophomore

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.

Doron Lamb speaks to the nation

Doron Lamb is not super athletic like Boynton, but he is long and lean and oh does he have a way of getting it done.  During the NBAPA, he could draw fouls at will and was deadly from the stripe.  He slashes well and isn't afraid to battle bigger guys.  He has good on ball defensive skills and plays the passing lanes well, not to mention switching off with precision.  In short, he is a player that has a nice package to bring to the table.


Doron Lamb!  How old are you?


If somebody had never seen your game, how would you describe it to them?

I'm a hard worker who gets back on defense and loves to play it.  Defense is my thing.  Get my teammates involved and score when I have to.

What's it like playing on a team that is so guard heavy?  (Boynton, Knight and Golden)

I like playing with good players,  They're All Americans and it makes me better.

Who is the toughest player you have gone up against thus far?

John Selby.

Where are you in the process right now?  Are you getting serious yet?

I'm not worried about college right now.  I have two more years of high school.  I am hearing from a lot of schools though.

... and they are?

Syracuse, Georgetown, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina are some.

Wow!  That's the big dogs  Tell me about Georgetown and what you like ...

They have a good coach and I like their style.

How about Duke?

Duke?  I mean they're one of the best teams in the country.  Coach K is one of the best coaches.

What factors will eventually go into your decision.  What will play a role in the ultimate choice?

I want to play for a team that runs up and down the court.

You have a knack for drawing contact and getting to the line.  You did that almost at will in the games I have watched, hitting your free throws too ...

I'm not afraid to take it down low.

Where will you be the rest of the AAU summer?

We are going to Peach Jam in a few weeks and then Orlando and then the showcase.

What are your aspirations for the coming high school season?

To win the state.  We went to the final four last year and it was not enough for me.  I want to win the state.

Give me three words which best describes your game ...

Hard worker, coachable and dependable.

How do you like the camp?

It's a good camp.  They teach you how to handle yourself on and off the court.

You are one of a handful of underclassmen here.  Is that an honor?

Yes, it's an honor to be invited to top flight camp.  It's mice to make new friends with a lot of people.

So, it's do or die against the unbeaten Lakers ... are you going to do it?

Yeah, we're going to win.  I am ready to play some defense.

One more question, what is your actual height and weight?

I'm 6-3, 170, but I am pushing 6-4.

Lamb, Boynton and Knight led their team to a win over the previously unbeaten Lakers in the next game, but fell short in the title game.  Lamb scored in double figures both games.[/private]



Josh Hairston talks of his unofficial visit to Duke

Josh Hairston rose to the top of the Blue Devils list of players from the class of 2010 at breakneck speed.  The Blue Devils were impressed with what they saw from Josh after taking in several AAU events.   During this past weekend's NBAPA Camp, Josh informed me of his visit and I later learned from a solid source that he would be offered a scholarship. 

[private]When I caught up to Josh, he was obviously tired.  Afterall, he had played in Charlottesville and taken the Duke visit after one days rest.  Josh was polite and definitely livened up as our conversation went on.  Here is the very latest on Josh Hairston.

We talked at the NBAPA Camp and you informed me of your visit to Duke on Tuesday.  I am following up on our previous conversation and would like to know your thoughts on the visit.

It was great.  Coach K is a great guy.  He's got a great staff and it was an experience. 

Were you able to shoot around in Cameron or the new practice facility?

No, I just went for the visit, but Kenny Boynton was down there too and he was playing a bit.  They asked me if I wanted to play though.  We got down there kind of late.

So, you went with your family... or your team?

Yes sir.  I went with my Mom and my Dad and high school coach.

Was this your first visit to Duke?

We had actually been down there for the Bob Gibbons TOC, but we really didn't get a chance to walk around.  This was the first time we got to tour the campus and were able to look around at most of it.

So, did you like what you were able to see?

Definitely.  I had a great time walking around and just seeing everything ... and Duke is a beautiful place. 

Any talks on the visit?

Yes sir.  Coach K said they didn't lock down people to just one position because they would think this is all they have to learn and not develop their skills.  They see me being able to play, almost where Kyle Singler plays.  If I get a big guy on me, I could go out to the wing and if I had a smaller guy on me I could post them up.

Did anything stand out on the visit?

They just built a new practice facility and it was beautiful.  It was real nice.  It has a new weight room and everything.  We saw where the new locker rooms are going to be.  When it's all done it should be real nice.

Did Duke offer you while there?

Yes. That makes ten offers.

How many of those offers are you kind of serious about?

Around four.

And what schools are they?

Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Duke and Virginia.

How did your parents like the visit?

Oh man!  My parents had a great time.  My Mom really enjoyed it ... my Dad did too.  I just remembered when Coach K walked into the practice facility, all of us almost passed out.  I mean, he's a real good guy.  Dad was the first one to go talk to Coach K.  He came over and my dad ... the first thing he said to Coach K is that he was a legend.  My Dad and Coach K kind of had a little connection going because they were talking a whole lot.  Coach K complemented me .. us, saying we were a good family and stuff like that.

I think you told me in an earlier interview that you would make a decision in the Fall.  Does that still hold true?

I don't think so.  Not now.  With the new offers coming in ... I think that I am going to wait it out until the start of high school season and I may make that decision later.

So, you will entertain more offers?

No,  I'm ready to shut it off now.  I would say thanks, but no thanks.  I may make two or three more visits.  I would listen to North Carolina because I grew up a fan.

Were you surprised Duke offered?

I was.  Coach K said they don't recruit everybody.  My high school coach let me know that they usually don't offer until your senior season and stuff like that.  I may be the youngest they have ever offered ... I didn't think they would offer me like that.  Coach K made it clear that they really liked me, and really wanted me and wanted me to play there.  I could see myself playing there.

Were other prospects there?

I actually missed Andre Dawkins who was there the day before.  Kenny was there, but I didn't get any one on one time with him.  I did talk with him at the NBAPA Camp and he feels strongly about Duke as well.

Dawkins is from your area, right?

I actually played with Andre my freshman year with Boo Williams.  We are very close and stay in touch.  He's one of those kids who actually grew up a Duke fan all his life.

Thank you for your time and good luck with the process.

Thank you sir.