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We have already talked with Shabazz Muhammad, Alex Murphy, Marshall Plumlee, Kaleb Tarczewski during coverage from Adidas Nations and were checking out the LeBron James Skills Academies before that where Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith enhanced their skills. And some new names which could surface in the class of 2010 and detailed interviews are forth coming. And we will be headed to the Peach Jam on Monday where we once again, hit the AAU circuit like no other Duke site.
The news broke this morning that Carrick Felix would not join the Duke Basketball team in the 2010-11 season. With rumors and speculation flying everywhere, BDN decided it was time for the facts. "His reasoning for not attending Duke is that he sat down and talked with some people and didn't think he could accomplish his goals at Duke with concerns to college basketball," said Colby Blaine, his assistant coach at Southern Idaho Junior College.
Blaine continued, "He wants to open his recruitment back up and see what his options are and [private] where his abilities will help him in college basketball."
"Carrick didn't have any exact answers for his exact reasoning for pursuing other opportunities, but he saw something he wanted to explore, so he pulled the trigger on it. We support it out here and are going along with it."
Blaine said Felix decision came in the last six or seven days and that he would not be attending Duke. Blaine who will be working local camps this summer said he had built a strong relationship with Felix calling him a special kid that deserves the best.
In the end, perceived playing time was the biggest factor and there was no problem with admissions as was reported earlier. Felix is already in talks with other schools and his plans will become clear in the near future. [/private]
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INDIANAPOLIS - Nate James and Chris Carawell have been great friends for a long time and each of them play roles on this seasons Duke Basketball team. With the championship game looming tomorrow, the duo chatted up BDN about Butler and their upcoming basketball camp. Speaking of the camp, if you are a local Durham or surrounding area resident, look into the opportunity. They give you their contact information at the end of the recording. Look for more BDN exclusives today and tomorrow as we pump out information from the Final Four in Indy.
INDIANAPOLIS - Coach Nate James is the newest member of the Duke coaching staff and his presence is already being felt in the program. James was coaching and talking with the Plumlees, Thomas and Zoubs as they came off the court in Duke's big win over West Virginia which put them in the championship game. James took time to chat with BDN after the game.
HOUSTON - BDN was in the thick of the celebration in Houston where Duke defeated Baylor 78-71 to punch their ticket to the Final 4. I caught up to Duke Assistant Nate James, who was all smiles as the Blue Devils cut both nets after being awarded the Southern Regional Trophy in Houston. Much more to come at BDN, the independent source for all things Duke!
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Duke Assistant Coach Nate James took time to break down the California Golden Bears for BDN in this exclusive interview. James scouted the Bears with fellow assistants Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski and they saw what the nation did in that Cal has three really good guards.
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