2005 PF Josh McRoberts Set To Visit Duke

After being the subject of an early commitment rumor this summer at the Nike Camp, 2005 Indiana power forward Josh McRoberts learned that the high profile world of big time recruiting is something that is better to get out of earlier than later. With that in mind the 6-foot-9 McRoberts had already begun moving forward in hopes of arriving at an early decision.

"My family and I are going to Duke next weekend for an unofficial visit," McRoberts told TDD Thursday afternoon. "We really want to give my mom a chance to meet the coaches and see the campus after I spent a week there this summer."

Indeed McRoberts was one of the members of the rising junior class who camped at coach Mike Krzyzewski's basketball academy in early July along with new UNC commitment Marcus Ginyard. While on campus McRoberts said he had a chance to get a brief look at what life is like for a Duke basketball player, but negated to get all the information he wanted.

"I met a few of the players, but next week I'll get to meet all of them since school has started now and the entire roster will be there. I'm also looking forward to seeing the campus in the middle of a semester to get a real feel for what life at Duke is like, but I think I am looking forward to spending more time with the coaches more than anything else."

As a sophomore McRoberts averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game for Carmel (IN) High School while playing primarily in the post. Over the summer he used a couple of big performances at Nike Camp, Peach Jam, and at the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas to catapult his national ranking into the top 20 range according to many recruiting services.

Soon after the attention from many major programs intensified yielding a list of suitors that includes Duke, North Carolina, Indiana, Notre Dame, Kansas, and Arizona. To date all six have offered a scholarship, but the Blue Devils are the only ones who are receiving a visit at this point. However that doesn't mean a very early commitment is in the bag for Krzyzewski's program.

"It is really hard for us to take visits right now because my parents and family are always pretty busy with me and my younger siblings," said McRoberts. "I know I want to commit before my senior season, but I don't know when that will come right now. I don't really see a point to wait if I feel good about the coaches and situation, but I also don't want to rush into anything. I'll commit when I find the right situation and that could be anytime really."

Being a junior prevents McRoberts from taking his official visits until he reaches the second semester of school this year and takes his SATs for the first time, but there are no garuntees this recruitment will get to that point.

"This visit to Duke isn't going to take the place any official visits, if it gets to that point," said McRoberts. "I haven't really thought about any other visits yet. I'm just getting back to school and like I said we're pretty busy around here."

In heading to Duke McRoberts says he's spoken with various staff members over the last few weeks. "I can call them and have spoken to them a couple of times since the school year started. We haven't really talked about specifics though."

As for Carmel High's basketball team's prospects in the 2003-2004 season, McRoberts says he anticipates some real success. "We were really disappointing my freshman season, and then last year we really surprised a lot of people. This year we are all really excited about the season."

At 6-foot-8 McRoberts sees himself as more of a combination forward in college, but at the high school level where big men are in short supply, he's happy to contribute in anyway he can.

"This year I'll probably play a combination of both forward positions and center. As long as I can help my team out, I'm happy."

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