Nelson Prepares To Host Duke Coaches

Though he ended his recruitment nearly two years ago, Sacramento combo guard Demarcus Nelson has yet to take his in-home visit with the Duke coaching staff due to NCAA guidelines. Nelson is also scheduling an official visit to Duke in the coming weeks as well.

After he became the youngest player in history to commit to Duke two seasons ago at the Tournament of Champions, DeMarcus Nelson seemed to fade into oblivion when it came to the national scene. Many national recruiting services ranked him lower and lower despite playing very well this summer. Early on it was a concern in the Nelson camp, but now it's simply another part of the process.

"We used to worry about that kind of thing," said Ronald Nelson, "but now we realize that there's nothing we can do about it. Markie knows he played about as well as he could play over the summer, and that's all that matters."

Indeed the future Blue Devil did perform at the highest level at a number of events, including the USA Basketball Fesitival where the 6-foot-3 guard led the event in scoring. Still it was never enough for some analysts as Nelson's rankings continued to dip more than rise.

"We've said all along that some people just love his game, and some people don't," said Nelson. "That's fine because after this summer I think it is pretty clear that some people's opinions of Demarcus just aren't going to change."

While many recruiting analysts estimation of Nelson were lower than expected, there is another body of talent scouts who seem to be very high on him. However this group is going to have to wait it out according to the elder Nelson.

"The NBA guys love him. We've had six or seven teams out here this summer watching his workouts. It's good to know that they are interested, but right now Demarcus is excited about going to Duke."

However, before next fall Nelson will be hosting the Blue Devil coaching staff this week for an in-home visit with Coach Krzyzewski and his assistants. However that's not the only time the Devils will be calling on the Nelson camp this fall.

"Coach Dawkins and Coach Wojo will be coming out here early this week to watch our open gym. I think Coach Dawkins is going to be the main guy working with Markie at Duke and he wants to go ahead and get an evaluation of what they want him to work on over this next year. Then Coach Wojo will come back with Coach K later in the week for the in-home visit. We are also planning on coming in for the official visit in mid October for Midnight Madness."

After rolling through his first three years at Vallejo High School, Demarcus and his family have moved to Sacramento for his senior season. Before they take the court for the official high school season, Nelson and his Sheldon High teammates have taken to the court in a fall league, which is hosted by a local junior college. In one of his first game out, Nelson was up to his usual tricks, scoring 64 points while grabbing 12 rebounds, and coming just three assists shy of a triple-double.

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