Nelson: "He Told Me to Change My Approach"

Tuesday night was a chance for one future Blue Devil and his coaches to sit down and catch up with his future head coach as Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Steve Wojciechowski made the plane ride from Durham to Sacramento to meet with their first commitment from the class of 2004.

"We had a really good visit with Coach K and Coach Wojo," said DeMarcus Nelson in a Wednesday interview with The Devils Den. "It was a just a chance to catch up and to get used to one another a bit more."

After committing to Duke back in May of 2001, Nelson has been spared much of the circus that accompanies the world of big time recruiting. Instead of fielding calls and recruiting pitches from other schools, Nelson has spent the last two years refining his game and trying to establish himself as one of the nation's top backcourt prospects.

"I know there are people who still doubt me and what I can do. That motivates me to work harder so that I can win them over and show them what I can do on the court. I realize that there are some people who don't like my game, but I don't worry about them. They aren't important to me, because a lot of people just don't understand they way I play the game."

One person who does understand the California superstar is his future coaching staff. In fact they have huge plans for the 6-foot-3 200 pounder beginning next June, something that Nelson was a bit shocked to hear.

"It's just shocking how much confidence they have in me. That's something that is humbling and yet it can bring out the best in me when someone like Coach K has that kind of confidence in me. Coach told me that he wants me to come in a just work on being a complete player for Duke. He told me that he expects me to work hard on being a great defender and rebounder as well as a scorer."

Aside from confidence in his future guard's ability, Krzyzewski also expects Nelson to come in with a new outlook and attitude on his abilities.

"Coach K told me that I'm too unselfish right now. I'm a player who doesn't need a lot of shots to put points on the board, and I was taking plays off last year to get the ball to other people on the team. Coach told me that there isn't anyone around who can stop me one on one and I should be aggressive and take advantage of that more than I do right now. He told me not to listen to what other people say, especially those who think I am a ball hog because he wants me to always be aggressive and always attack the basket because he thinks that is how I will at my best."

Aside from talking about Demarcus and his role, Krzyzewski did take a moment to mention his plans for the remainder of the recruiting season.

"We talked about the two juniors they've already got committed and he told me that he was really interested in Sasha Kaun. We also talked about Shaun and how he and I would fit in, but I leave all of that up to Coach K."

Nelson, who will wear #21 next season, averaged 33 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists per game as a junior at Vallejo High School.

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