Duke Crews to SEC

In about eight months or so, Duke Crews went from a mid-major guy to one headed to the SEC.

Duke Crews is headed to Tennessee.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound senior power forward at Bethel (Va.) High, chose the Vols for a few reasons.

``They have great athletes in all of their programs," Crews said. "Women's basketball, track, baseball. The men's basketball program is on the rise and it's a great situation for me."

``I felt comfortable at Tennessee on my visit," he added. "It was a tough decision, but at the end of the day, I made the decision to go to Tennessee."

Crews also considered Georgetown and Wake Forest.

``Coach (Bruce) Pearl is a proven winner everwhere he's been - and at every level," Crews said of his future coach. "They have a great staff and it's just a perfect situation for me."

Crews burst onto the scene in the spring and went from a mid-major target to one of the most highly sough-after players in the nation. He currently occupies the No. 36 spot on Scout.com's national rankings and plays much bigger than his size.

North Carolina was also in the mix until recently when they landed a trio of frontline commitments from Deon Thompson, Alex Stepheson and Brandan Wright.

Crews joins big man Wayne Chism and guard Marques Johnson as Tennessee commitments in the Class of 2006.

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