I will be heading down to Augusta for the Nike Peach Jam Festival tomorrow. The players I will watch starting Saturday are Jamil Wilson, Andre Dawkins, Jason Morris, Nate Lubick (in Aiken, SC) and Josh Smith.
Kenny Boynton remains Duke's number one priority. They are looking at John Wall, but are awaiting KB to make his choice. Duke is in good shape with Boynton.
Duke is still looking at Jamil Wilson, but he needs to step his game up to earn an offer. He can do so this weekend as Wojo and Nate James watch. The player who caught the Devils eye this week was 2009 athlete Duke will evaluate him further. He plays for Squash
Josh Hairston still has an offer and Duke wants to get him in the fold. With Golden leaving Ohio State to reopen his recruitment, many feel the move hurt their chances with Hairston. IMO, Josh just wants to announce on his own time. I feel certain he will choose the royal blue.
Duke loves Brandon Knight (2010)! Brandon has mentioned just three schools, those being Miami, Georgia Tech and Duke. He is a Duke type kid in a big way.
Duke will extend an offer to Harold Barnes (2010) from Aimes, Iowa. This do it all kid also fits the Duke mold. He is the wing we will need and is versatile. Coach K was enamored with his play.
Big Josh Smith (2010) is firmly on the radar. Coach K liked his game and he should get an offer in the near future. I will check him out this weekend.
Anoher (2010) kid is Tyler Thornton, Hairstons AAU teammate. Duke wants a PG and expects Boynton to go pro within one or two years. Of course Knight may make him second tier. Then Lubick would move in. Of course, you can't get them all.
Other players very much on the radar are Nate Lubick, Jason Morris and Ray McCallum. All are in the class of 2010 and are being actively recruited by Duke.
A lot of 2010 talk you say? Duke loves this class and feels there are players who fit the Duke mold. Duke will sign at least five prospects in this class if all goes as planned. Heck, there may be six kids offered.
As for 2009, they may throw out an third offer. There is a new kid who caught the staffs eye. That being, Thomas Robinson (Brewster Academy), a 6-7 versatile, athletic type. Add this name to the evaluation list.
So, there you have it. That gives you an idea of who Coach K was impressed with.[/private]