Zoubek: "Duke is My Dream School"

He's just 15 years old and already qualifies as a legitimate 7-footer. He's a straight "A" student and is coming off an MVP performance in the Eddie Griffin Classic 2006 Game. Life can't really get much better for Brian Zoubek, can it?

Actually, it can – and will.

Zoubek, the Haddonfield Memorial (N.J.) sophomore center who tips the scales at 235 pounds and barely played last year on the varsity squad last year as a freshman, will take his first unofficial visit to his dream school, Duke, on Nov. 15.

"Duke has sent me a questionnaire and contacted my coach," Zoubek said. "They invited me down for an unofficial last week. I'm really excited about it."

Zoubek has always dreamed of attending school in Durham despite the fact that his father, Paul, played football at Princeton.

"Everyone grows up with a dream school and Duke is mine," he added. "It's been pounded into my head ever since I was a little kid by my aunt who went there."

Despite the fact that he's always wanted to don a Blue Devils uniform, don't expect the rapidly improving big man to get this thing done with too quickly – a la DeMarcus Nelson.

"I'd love for that to happen (be offered a scholarship), but I've got to keep my options open," he said. "I have to make sure I make the right choice."

The other school which seems to have the best chance is Stanford – and maybe even a couple of Ivy Leaguers.

Haddonfield Memorial head coach Paul Wiedeman said that Wake Forest, Illinois, Villanova, Kansas and UCLA have all expressed some level of interest. The Bruins, Wake, West Virginia and Georgetown all took a trip to watch him work out last month.

The Blue Devils got in the mix prior to Zoubek's outing last weekend in the Eddie Griffin Classic. Assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski had contacted Wiederman.

"He's got great hands and footwork and is able to make a drop-step and also run the court," Wiederman said. "When you feed him the ball, he has a good idea where other people are. He just has a great feel for the game and has a great work ethic."

The only question now remains whether he's Duke-good enough?

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