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?
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.