Shoe Camp Update - July 9th

While many of the top prospects on the Duke recruiting radar will be competing this week at the annual ABCD Camp, there are a number of prospects with Duke high on their list in Indianapolis working on their games at the annual Invitation only Nike Camp. Despite a small technical glitch, TDD has a run down of some news and notes from two of our roaming reporters from New Jersey and Indiana.

Duke has found their man in 2005

If you think that the Blue Devils are only looking for guards in the rising junior class, think again. TDD was able to witness head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Steve Wojciechowski's actions throughout the first day coaches were allowed to be at the camp. The high profile coaches seemed to always be courtside when Indiana prep star Josh McRoberts was on the floor.

While McRoberts has yet to really fill up the stat sheets in terms of breakout point production, the 6-foot-9 208-pounder has shown just how good he can be. In one game he had six points, four boards, and four assists in front of the Blue Devil representatives. He will need to put on the pounds, but he's probably going to battle as one of the top five big men in the class of 2005.

One scout compared him favorably to former Blue Devil Mike Dunleavy due to his ability to do it all with his 6'9 frame. It was the first time that the Duke coaching staff has seen him in action against other top high school competition, though they were able to check him out a few weeks ago during Coach K's annual summer camp in Cameron Indoor.

Paulus continues steady performances

Greg Paulus isn't going to out athlete or jump over anyone. But that hasn't stopped him from creating quite a buzz. The 6-foot-3 New York floor general has been one of the best pure point guards on the floor this week, if not the best. He's consistently shown the ability to run his team and find the open man despite most of the games usually turning into nothing more than organized pickup action.

Greg's highlight of the week had to have been a break away where he went up with a defender then glided under the basket to put up the reverse lay-up with ease. Perhaps he's not a superstar caliber athlete, but he's no slouch in that department either. Hard to be a slouch when you're also one of the nation's top prep quarterbacks too.

Markie still scoring like a bandit, Livingston a bit slow out of the gate

Though it appears that Dwight Howard is going to, and has taken steps to be the most impressive scorer and overall player at ABCD a pair of Duke recruits are always worth tracking.

Coming off a 25-point and seven assist per game average at the Olympic Development Festival, Demarcus Nelson has continued his assault of the stat sheets in early action at the ABCD camp.

So far our scout, who's a pretty good barometer of how Nelson is playing having seen him quite a bit over the past few years, says that the Sacramento native has finally returned to 100 percent after the hip pointer injury. In other words his explosive leaping ability has returned. How else can he get his head above the rim at only 6'3?

So far he's scoring on any and everyone and hitting from all over the floor, good enough for a top five position in the camp scoring leaders at nearly 17.5 points per contest along with a handful of assists and rebounds.

Meanwhile top recruiting prospect Shaun Livingston was a bit sluggish out of the gate, missing a bunch of shots that he usually is able to knock down. Perhaps the injury from last week in Colorado (ankle injury that forced him to miss the final two games), perhaps its jet lag, or perhaps it's just a bad game.

Kaun not in action at Nike

As his coach, Aubin Goporo indicated last week. Alexander "Sasha" Kaun was unable to compete in the Nike Camp and will likely miss the Peach Jam as well due to injury. Kaun will be cutting him list to five finalists in the next month. Duke, Florida, and Michigan State are expected to be among them.

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