On Wednesday, 6-foot-10 Eric Boateng picked up the phone and called in his commitment to Duke. The news comes as somewhat of a surprise considering there was a school of thought which existed that speculated he might be up for taking a few more visits. In fact, a number of schools were counting on it.
Not going to happen, Boateng now belongs to the Devils.
"Basically I've been thinking about the whole thing since I went home," Boateng said. "It's always been in my head and that's where I wanted to go from the beginning. I came back and I was taking a flight home and realized that I wanted to do this."
Ranked No. 19 in the country, Boateng becomes the fourth player to join the Devils this year. He'll lace them up with future classmates Josh McRoberts (No. 3), Greg Paulus (No. 28) and Jamal Boykin (No. 78).
Boateng sang the praises of the relationships he was able to forge with the staff. "Being there, I've been there several times and the relationship with Coach K and Coach Wojciechowski, they've been up front with me from the beginning. I feel a good connection with them. It's a great school and a good opportunity for me to excel. I think they can push me further than what I think I can do."
Duke never wavered in its recruitment of Boateng and he reciprocated that on his end. "I think it was just what he felt in his heart all along and nothing changed that," St. Andrews coach Bob Rue said.