As many of you know recruiting has been red hot around the basketball program of late and the Blue Devils entertained a bevy of prospects this past weekend. Of those visiting, Quin Cook was the biggest priority in that Duke is looking to close on the PG prospect and they [private] will likely do so sooner rather than later. I cannot give you an exact timeline but I feel from information gleaned from top notch sources close to the situation, that he could pull the trigger to become the newest Blue Devil very soon. We’ll keep you posted.
There were a few names have not been discussed here that often visiting as well, but for now I will focus on the kids which have the Blue Devils utmost interest. Amile Jefferson will continue to be evaluated by Duke, but no offer is expected any time soon, meaning Krzyzewski wants some more views as he progresses. Quite simply, Jefferson needs to put some meat on his frame to be effective at Duke and only time will tell if he can fill that criteria.
On the other hand, Duke is solidly involved with Rasheed Sulaimon, who we interviewed last evening. There is no offer but that could change down the road as Coach familiarizes himself with the prospects ability to keep improving. If he shows the desire to get better and he progresses, he will land an offer and with him being a Duke fan, if that happens consider him a done deal.
Duke will also continue to recruit Rodney Purvis who from all accounts had a good time on his visit. Purivs recruitment will go on for quite a while IMO, so don’t look for too much going on here in the near future.
Still major priorities are Alex Murphy and Shabazz Muhammad. In fact, consider them the top two kids on the radar past Cook and or count them all as equally important. The Blue Devils will hang in there as long as it takes with Muhammad and they appear to be in good shape with Murphy. Visits are being firmed up as I type, more on that down the road.
Duke is still quite interested in J.P. Tokoto as well and expect some things to start happening in the next six months on this front. And let’s not forget Tony Parker for he is starting to get a lot more interest and could well have an offer shortly down the road.
Finally on Tyler Adams … Duke is still committed to him and as of now all is fine and they were aware of the visit. Adams is keeping his options open a bit as is Duke, but this could all work out provided he does the work. In fact, until further notice, I wouldn’t worry too much about this.
I appreciate members patience in what has turned out to be the busiest time I can remember for me in a decade or so. It makes it tough to get to many articles I have planned and get CTC pictures up. I head to Charlotte tomorrow for ACC Operation Basketball, so keep in mind that I will check in when I can. Remember that BDN covers the Duke Beat in person and we strive to bring you constant in person update with our own questions to players and coaches.[/private]