Coach K addressed the media today and mentioned that he would hit the road with his staff in early July. The exact date is July the 6th, which is Sunday. Former Coach Johnny Dawkins will serve with Team USA. Coach also mentioned that they try to recruit certain one and done type of kids and that he favored allowing talented kids go straight to the pros. He mentioned he preferred a two and one or two year commitment as well.
[private]Duke kicks it off at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio where Coach K and Wojo will cover Jamil Wilson who we interviewed just days ago, Harrison Barnes whose interview will be up tomorrow and Jason Morris, our latest premium offering. They will of course check out Andre Dawkins our first commitment in the class of 2010.
Coach Collins will be solo at the Adidas Tournament in Cincy. There he will see Josh Hairston who BDN has made it clear we think will be a Dukie and Nate Lubick who we interviewed last week. He will also see Josh Smith, 2010 PG Tyler Thornton who visited Duke unofficially just a short time ago and Ray McCallum.
Around July the 8th, Coach K will go to the Reebok event where he will watch Kenny Boynton, Brandon Knight, Terrell Vinson and Nick Russell.
Before Adidas, Collins will be solo at the Adidas event in Cincy. There he will watch Josh Hairston, who I have told you will commit to Duke unless something goes really wrong. Add Nate Lubick who I interviewed recently for BDN Premium, Tyler Thornton who visited Duke last week unofficially, Josh Smith and Ray McCallam.
Nate James will make his first splash at the Peach Jam (we will be at this event) where Wojo will show him the ropes. Jamil Wilson, Andre Dawkins who we are waiting to talk to in person and several youngsters will be at this event as well.
Meanwhile, Chris Collins will head to Miami with Coach K where they will take in Team Breakdown's Annual Tournament. He will of course be watching Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight. Oh, and don't pay too much attention to how Kenny responded to the Duke question in the link I provided. I want it out there that Duke is not the leader from his mouth. The reason being, the media can pick at Duke by asking him this question. That's the same thing that happened in the Monroe recruitment. He may well have gotten tired of the Duke leads questions. If the media gets wind of this statement, then this constant question will be defused. I mean Kendall Marshall's unscrupulous Father used this to annoy Kenny during the NBAPA Camp.
Then Duke will be represented at the Triple S Harley Jamfest- in West Virginia. Hairston and Thornton will participate in this event. The open period for coaches ends on this weekend and then they return to duties in Vegas with Team USA.
Duke will install their new scoreboard in Cameron Indoor Stadium in August. All of the men's team is currently on campus and playing pick up together with the exception of Henderson and Zoubs. Their injuries are healing as expected and they are on schedule. Our next interview is with the hot prospect, Harrison Barnes. Keep the names here, folks! No hints out there please.[/private]