Zoubek Makes It Official

Brian Zoubek made his decision official Thursday afternoon. The No. 17 prospect in the country fulfilled a lifelong dream and committed to Duke at a press conference.

On Thursday, 7-foot-1 center Brian Zoubek of Haddonfield High in New Jersey, committed to Duke over Stanford and Wake Forest. For Zoubek, it was a dream come true.

"It's pretty much been my dream to go to Duke my whole life," Zoubek said. "Stanford was impressive and so was Wake Forest. I really didn't know until Tuesday night."

For Zoubek, picking up the phone and dialing Stanford's number made for a tough call. "It broke my heart. They've been great throughout the whole process. I've formed special bonds with the coaches and the players. I knew where I wanted to go the whole time [since Tuesday], I just didn't want to make that phone call."

Zoubek's commitment is the culmination of a few years worth of recruiting contact with Duke. The two always had consistent communication but there was some doubt if the marriage would ever happen.

"I think my relationship with Duke started my sophomore year," Zoubek said. "It was shaky between us. They and I didn't really know if I could play at Duke. I went through stages and put in a lot of work. Now, I'm at the place where I know I could play there and the coaches do too."

As a junior, Zoubek increased his scoring and rebounding numbers while leading Haddonfield to a coveted state title.

"I really started out with nothing but height and had to develop everything else," Zoubek said. "I'm not nearly ready for college or the NBA right now so I've got a lot of work to put in."

Zoubek won't be alone at Duke. This week, the Devils accepted commitments from two other Top 25 players; three in three days. Zoubek says it wasn't planned for each to commit in successive days.


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