Inside the McClure In-Home

After coming to Duke for several unofficial visits over the past few years, Connecticut small forward David McClure committed to Duke in June. Even though he'd already taken an official visit to Durham to meet with the coaching staff, NCAA rules still allowed the Blue Devils to make a trip north to meet with the second member of the class of 2004 for an in-home visit.

"It was kind of funny because Coach K and Coach Wojo got to my house around 6:00 that evening. My family had hors d'oeuvres ready for them and they had a chance to visit with my mom and sister until I got there at 6:30 from a workout at school."

Once the future Blue Devil got settled in with his new coaches, there wasn't much in the way of recruiting to talk about so the visit was used a more of a reunion of sorts.

"It was a great chance to catch up with him and just talk about everything that's going on with both of us. I mean I have a chance to talk to him one every week or two, but this was a chance to talk face to face, which was really good.

In fact Krzyzewski and McClure spent nearly an hour catching up with one another before the conversation turned to the 6-foot-6 205 pounder's career at Duke. Something McClure says he's extremely excited about starting.

"We talked a lot about how well I would be fitting in at Duke. Coach told me that he thinks I can get a lot out of Duke, probably more than most people if I completely dive in and take advantage of everything Duke has to offer. He thinks I can really have a great career, and he wants me to come in and be a leader from the get go."

With the ability to play nearly every position on the floor, McClure says he doesn't think there will be a set role when he arrives in Durham on the court. Instead he thinks Coach K will be utilizing his versatility as much as he can.

"He said he recruited me because of my versatility, a lot of my role will depend on who's there next year. The bottom line is that he and I want me to come in and develop and just get better from the start as a player."




Quotable:

"Coach K said that he thinks Luol Deng is the best player on the team right now."

"I'll probably get down to Duke for Midnight Madness next month along with Demarcus."

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