Every college basketball coach and staff in America is currently checking out the nations top prospects at various shoe camps. BDN’s Andrew Slater was on the scene at the Adidas Invitational yesterday where he followed the Duke prospects you want to hear of. Today, he’ll head to the LeBron James Skills Academy where his coverage continues.
During the first day of camp, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Wojciechowski and Jeff Capel took in the action. Krzyzewski watched Perry Ellis and Shabazz Muhammad play twice and he also checked out Nate Britt and some other names.
The day started when the trio of coaches were front row, center for the Kansas Pray and Play Players/Pump and Run vs New England Elite match up where their focus was on Perry Ellis but his team lost. They then took in Brannen Greenes’ Atlanta 16 team that absolutely crushed Indiana Elite 63-41 while he dropped 20 points. When asked if he noticed the three Duke coaches watching him, he acknowledged it.
The staff also checked out the New England Playazz who of course have Kaleb Tarczewski. A bevy of coaches were in attendance for this game as well, but it was NEP point guard Makai Mason (’14) who said he had received interest from Duke that caught their eye as well.
The entire Duke staff sat with Tommy Amaker (Harvard) and Johnny Dawkins (Stanford) for the Dream Vision vs. Indiana Elite game. There focus was Shabazz Muhammad and he tossed in 39 points in a dominating performance. Other coaches watching were UNC coached McGrath and head man Roy Williams as well as Howland, Romar, Self, Calipari, Carmody, Gottfried, Stallings, Crean, Haith, Sendek, Thompson and Floyd. The staff caught Muhammads’ night game too, where he finished with 18 as his team squandered a chance at a second victory in the last minute of play.
The staff also watched D.C. Assault and Nate Britt with Curtis Malone, Nolan’s stepdad, seated right behind the DCA bench. After being saddled by early foul trouble, Britt dropped in a layup to cut it to 68-67 EG –37 seconds remaining, the game went to overtime where DCA pulled out the win on a three point shot at the buzzer. Britt finished with 18.
Meanwhile, on another court, Perry Ellis tossed in 32 points in a stellar performance and Coach K had switched over to see him from Britts’ game and had to be pleased with what he saw.
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