[private]Let’s start off with Kenny Boynton. Duke feels pretty good about their recent visit. Now, the waiting game begins. At this time I still feel it is Duke and Florida. This one is too close to call and I have elected to contact him after his visit to USC this weekend in order to get the big picture after two more in home visits. Kenny has maintained all along, he will almost assuredly take his visits and decide in late October or early November.
As you already know, Duke will entertain commitments Mason Plumlee and Andre Dawkins this weekend. Mason will be the first to arrive tomorrow evening. He’ll make his way to Durham with his brother Marshall. Mason is looking forward to playing with the team. In fact all four visitors will play with the team. His brother Miles is playing well in his workouts and really likes Kyle Singler. He is adapting to the campus life and is happy.
One of the players which will not play is Gerald Henderson. It has been confirmed that he has returned home and has a case of mono. The severity of the illness is unknown. While I am on injuries, no current Devils have major ailments and Brian Zoubek is coming along fine. In short, the team is healthy.
Speaking of the team, they are currently allowed to participate in drills and are working very, very hard. They lift weights in the morning, run in the afternoon and play in the evenings. All of the aforementioned is laced with one coach on three player drills.
Coach K and Wojo went to see Harrison Barnes at an open gym in Iowa today or last night. Speaking of Barnes, Duke will attempt to get him to visit the same weekend as Boynton on an unofficial. Barnes has shown Duke interest. Trust me, that feeling is mutual. They cannot make contact during todays practice.
Tomorrow, they check out Ryan Kelly for an in home visit. Kelly was recently offered and on campus. Notre Dame and others are very much involved with the Raleigh Ravenscroft star.
Okay, on to Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton. I told you awhile back I thought Hairston was in the bag. I feel the two will commit over the weekend or shortly thereafter. There have been positive vibes coming from both camps. Stay tuned.
Duke will visit Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston, Tyler Thornton, Brandon Knight and Josh Smith in the near future for open gym. All of these prospects have been offered and of course, Dawkins committed. Duke has interest in other 2010 kids and will get out to see many of them as well. Among those are Nate Lubick and Jason Morris. There are a couple of new names I will discuss in the near future.
Dawkins has done a great job recruiting for the Blue Devils and if all works as I expect it will, he will have help;) For those of you who subscribe to Blue Devil Weekly, check out my latest recruitng article featuring Andre.
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