Shaun Livingston has been long rumored to be favoring Duke. The nation's top point guard has visited Durham a few times but a commitment to the Blue Devils is not necessarily imminent. Duke is in very good shape, but do they lead?"> Shaun Livingston has been long rumored to be favoring Duke. The nation's top point guard has visited Durham a few times but a commitment to the Blue Devils is not necessarily imminent. Duke is in very good shape, but do they lead?">

Livingston returns from Tucson

<A href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=106&p=8&cfg=bb&c=1&nid=447380 ">Shaun Livingston</a> has been long rumored to be favoring Duke. The nation's top point guard has visited Durham a few times but a commitment to the Blue Devils is not necessarily imminent. Duke is in very good shape, but do they lead?

Shaun Livingston returned from his weekend visit to Tucson and insists that the race for his services is wide open. Livingston says that reports of his Duke leanings have been a bit overblown by those close to him.

"I like Duke a lot," said Livingston. "Everyone else says I favor Duke. I'm still open."

Livingston will visit Illinois this weekend and then take a few weeks to make his decision. With all of the attention he has received from the press, Livingston is playing things close to the vest. Everyone close to him seems to get quoted and he is wary of too much information getting out. Livingston wants the schools that are recruiting him to get the information from his mouth.

"I'm still visiting Illinois, then I'll decide in a couple of weeks," said Livingston.

Before visiting Tucson, Livingston visited Duke and North Carolina. Both ACC schools made favorable impressions, but the Tar Heels dropped out of the running when they received a commitment from another point guard, California's Quentin Thomas. At that point Duke moved into the lead, but Livingston was always open to other schools on his list.

"He told me that if Duke had him locked up he'd never come down to Tucson," said Jawann McClellan, the Wildcat recruit who also took a visit to Tucson this weekend.

By Livingston's own accounts it was a very good visit and the Wildcats are right in the mix. Although the was relatively tight-lipped about the situation, he made it obvious that he liked what he saw and heard on the trip.

"I enjoyed it a lot," Livingston said. "It was real nice to play with the guys on the team. I now have the same level of comfort with them as I do with the players at the other schools I visited."

The point guard did not want to reveal too much about where he is at with the recruiting process, but he did give the Cats and edge in one category, the weather. Livingston loved the weather in Tucson, which was unseasonably warm this past weekend.

"The weather was nicer than the other places I visited," Livingston said with a slight chuckle.

The fans also made a great impression. Several hundred of the Wildcat faithful turned out for a pick-up game on Friday and they began a "we want Shaun" chant during the Saturday scrimmage. Following the scrimmage fans lined up to get autographs from Livingston and McClellan along with the current Wildcats.

"It felt good," Livingston said of the attention. "They made me feel like a part of the team"

The Cats brought in McClellan who had already committed to the Cats in part to impress Livingston. The two had become friends through the summer hoops circuit and McClellan did a touch of selling when they hung out.

"He sold me a little bit," Livingston laughed. "He's a good friend. He's a cool person."

Livingston got to spend a lot of time with the players and coaches. He came away impressed with the program and the staff's candor. Livingston and Coach Olson went out to dinner on Saturday night where they had a lengthy talk about the program and Livingston's role with the Wildcats.

"They did not pressure me," informed the 6-6 point guard. "They were letting me know whenever I'm ready they'll be there. They told me how much they really want me."

TheDevilsDen interviewed Livingston's grandfather. For more insight about the visit: Livingston's Recruitment Coming To An End

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