A Leader For Shaun Livingston?

The past few days have been full of speculation and excitement surrounding one of the nation's top point guards. When 6-foot-7 Peoria native Shaun Livingston announced to the media that Duke was the early leader for his signature, it sent a surge through recruiting circles, most notably with Duke fans. But has anyone really stopped to check the facts with the top rated playmaker?

"Duke is the leader right now," Livingston told TDD on Monday afternoon, "but they are kind of an unfair leader at this point. They are very fresh in my mind and I really liked what I saw and heard there, but I haven't had a chance to visit the other schools yet. Once that happens then I'll say I have a true leader."

While Duke is fresh in his mind, the other three remaining schools, Arizona, Illinois, and Florida, on his list are vying to earn visits to narrow the gap. However that may be tough with Livingston's busy schedule which includes stops at the USA Development Festival in Colorado, camping at the ABCD event, and a trip to Las Vegas for the Big Time Tournament..

"I was supposed to visit Florida earlier this summer, but I didn't get a chance to. I don't know if I'll be able to visit them now. I definitely want to take three official visits, but I don't know if I'll be able to make it to Florida. I will look at it though. Right now I won't be taking any visits until the fall."

Despite the plans to visit the other schools, there was little doubt that at this point Livingston seems to favor the Blue Devils, who had the chance to meet with him during the annual Tournament of Champions in late May.

"I really liked talking to Coach K," said Livingston. "He really talked to me about great things. He explained where he's at with his recruiting and where he wants to go in this class. I feel like I am one of their top priorities and that they are really interested in me. Coach also talked with me about where I could fit in at Duke, and it's something I like a lot."

Last year as a rising junior Livingston was rated highly in his class, but his summer performances this year have propelled him to elite status, being named as the top point guard in the nation by many services including Rivals.com.

"That's just something that's happened this year," said Livingston. "I came onto the scene last year, and this year I feel like I'm just doing more of the same. My goal is to come out and work hard and to never be satisfied. I always want to step up and continually improve my game. My goal is to be the top point guard in my class, to get there I can't let up."

With so much talent and ability, Livingston would usually be looked at as a candidate to bolt straight out of high school to the NBA. However he's given that careful thought. "Right now I'm a legit 6-foot-6, and probably 6-foot-7 with shoes on, but I'm at 175 pounds. I've got to add a lot before I can get ready to go to the league."

Off the court Livingston has already qualified for Division One competition and says he is looking to major in either Communications or Business Management.

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