Livingston: "We Got Some Things Cleared Up"

After seeing the full presentation from North Carolina on last weekend's official visit, Illinois point guard Shaun Livingston played host to Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff on Tuesday night in Peoria, IL. Soon after the coaches said good night, Livingston had a chance to speak with TDD to give a full recap of his in-home visit.

"The visit tonight went pretty good," said Livingston. "I had a chance to really sit down with Coach K and talk about a lot of things that were on my mind. We got a lot of things cleared up in my mind regarding how I'd fit in at Duke. It gives me something to look forward to when I go down there next week."

One of the specific topics discussed on Tuesday was the kind of player Livingston is and the kind of player that Krzyzewksi hopes to help him become should he attend Duke. Though he's rated as the number one point guard prospect in the nation, the 6-foot-7 Livingston appreciates the idea of being a player more than a position at the next level.

"Coach told me how and where he sees me fitting in on offense at Duke. He said he sees me as a very versatile player who operates on the perimeter. He also told me that he thinks I am at my best when I'm doing the things a point guard does like distributing the ball, making passes, and getting other people involved. We talked about how I could do that kind of thing in the role he's talking about for me with my versatility, I think it's a vision we both share."

While the Duke pitch may seem attractive to Livingston, the commitment of 2005 New York point guard Greg Paulus was rumored to be something that may have pushed Shaun away from the Blue Devils. However after the visit, it seems that Livingston is unfazed by Paulus' decision.

"We talked a little bit about Greg and how he fits in the plan. Coach K says he envisions him as a Bobby Hurley type of player at Duke. I don't think there will be any conflict with him there. I think his decision was for the best for him, but I don't think there will be any conflicts with that."

During his visit to North Carolina, Livingston commented on the tradition of the Tar Heel program. On Tuesday he got a small taste of the Duke version, but is looking forward to more.

"We talked a little bit about the tradition at Duke, but this visit was more of a chance to sit down and get to know one another as a person and as a player and coach. It was also just a chance for him to explain where he sees me on the roster and the depth chart coming in. When I go down there I am looking forward to getting a feel for their traditions."

Tradition isn't the only thing Livingston says he's looking forward to visiting Durham for either.

"I am looking forward to getting down there and scrimmaging with the guys to see how I fit in with them on and off the court. I am also looking forward to touring the campus and meeting with some teachers."

As his recruiting process begins to wind down, Livingston says he's looking forward to the end, but he wasn't coming into the circus of high major recruiting blind.

"I pretty much expected it to be like this. I like to go into things prepared so I can be comfortable with things. I prepared for this so that I wouldn't get stressed out or anything like that during the process. It's been fun."

Livingston will visit Duke officially on September 19th.

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