Duke will make final pitch to Black

Over the next day and a half, the Blue Devils will make their final recruiting pitch to Memphis transfer Tarik Black. The 6-foot-9 center will be on campus in Durham into Tuesday.

Black, who is refusing all interview requests throughout this latest recruiting process, visited Oregon last week, and will be on campus in Durham Monday morning. The visit will be Duke's second face to face, and likely the final recruiting pitch before Black makes a decision.

Before that time, however, Black is expected to take at least one other visit to either Kansas or Georgetown.

The Duke coaches will be looking to make Black just the fifth player to transfer into the Blue Devil program under Mike Krzyzewski, joining current player Rodney Hood, and alumni Seth Curry, Dahntay Jones, and Roshown McLeod. Unlike each of those player, however, Black would be available to play right away.

An NCAA rule implemented before the 2011-12 season states that players who have completed their undergraduate coursework before their eligibility expires can transfer and be eligible immediately at their new school.

The situation could be just what the doctor ordered for a Duke team loaded with experience, talent, and proven players at each of the 1-4 positions. The center spot, however, is somewhat murky.

Marshall Plumlee, a rising third year sophomore, stands as the team's only traditional big man, but the 6-foot-11, 230 pounder has scored just two points in those three seasons in the program. Joining Plumlee as primary post options without Black are power forwards Josh Hairston (6'7, 235), and rising sophomore Amile Jefferson (6'8, 205). With a true center on the roster, each player would be more comfortable as a power forward.

Black's best season at Memphis came in 2011-2012 when he played an average of 25.6 minutes, and produced 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

This past season his best game came against eventual national champion Louisville, where he scored 21 points in 22 minutes against the Cardinals in a nine point loss. For the year he averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes to help the Tigers to a 31.5 overall record.

In four seasons Black played in 102 games, making 70 starts for the Tigers. He was named second team All-Conference as a junior, and to the All-Defensive team.

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