Duke Has Four In "Crews" Control

"The Duke" has spoken. Duke Crews, the 6-foot-7 power forward out of Hampton (Va.) Bethel, has trimmed his list to four schools and there's even a surprise.

Duke Crews took a visit to Xavier last spring leaving him with just four official visit dates remaining. On Friday, Crews took the initiative to trim his list to just four schools (matching his remaining visit total) and eliminated a host of programs.

Crews told Scout.com that he's trimmed his list to North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Tennessee. He was forced to eliminate St. John's, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Virginia, Florida, Illinois and Kentucky from contention.

How hard was it to cut the list down? "Too hard," Crews said. "It's the hardest decision I ever made in my life. There's just so many good schools out there; it's just hard."

Crews said he thinks his official visit slate could be set by the end of the weekend or beginning of next week.

Tennessee is the obvious dark horse to make the cut and Crews said he put a lot of work into learning about Bruce Pearl's program.

"I did my homework on that one," Crews said. "(Pearl) coached at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and he took them to the Sweet 16. Now he's at a bigger university and he's got a chance to get some recruits. They made plays and play tough defense the whole game; I like that about them. They're a sleeper but they're a school that can do some big things in the next year."

Wake Forest did its work on Crews and scored a visit as well. "They've been involved in my recruitment since I was a sophomore. I think Coach Prosser is a great coach and I like their style of play."

Two schools that were expected to make the cut – UNC and Georgetown – survived and advanced.

"(North Carolina) won the national championship and I just loved their style of play. They have one of the best coaches in college basketball."

And finally, the Hoyas who landed his buddy earlier this week.

"They're up and coming," Crews said. "They're going to be one of the better teams in the Big East this year. They have experience on their team because they had some young players. I can be a part of bringing them back to life."

The question everyone wants to know is whether or not the Hoyas helped themselves with the addition of Vernon Macklin, his pal from Newport News?

"It really doesn't impact it too much," Crews said. "It's a good situation that he's there but at the same time I have to do what's best for me and make my own decision. That situation may not fit me but if it does it'd be a wonderful thing."

Obviously, the next step for Crews is setting up the visits or finalizing the dates. Then it's time to get down to business. "The next step is to go and visit and talk to the coaches on my list. After I do all that, I'll sit down seriously think about what I'll do."

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