Nation's Top Recruit Liked Visit

Though the annual Blue-White scrimmage was used as an opportunity for Duke fans to see the latest edition of the men's team, there was a big buzz generated by the women's program as the nation's top player made her official visit to Duke during that weekend.

"I had a really good time at Duke," said Candace Parker. "The players and coaches really made me feel comfortable while I was there. The way they combine athletics and academics is really unlike anywhere else I've seen."

The Duke coaching staff picked current freshman Alison Bales to host both Parker and fellow recruit Wanisha Smith over the weekend due to a long standing friendship between the duo.

"Alison and I have been friends since freshman year of high school, so it was really great to have a chance to catch up and stay with her while I was there.

Parker spent most of the weekend meeting with the Duke coaching staff and members of the women's roster before being whisked away to Cameron Saturday night to take in the annual men's scrimmage. The loud and hyped up crowd made a big impression it seemed.

"Duke really has some great fans, and the atmosphere here is special. For that many people to come out and get that excited over a scrimmage, really says a lot for their enthusiasm for good basketball.

During her junior season at Naperville Central, she averaged 24.3 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while leading her team to the Class AA state title

Parker will visit Tennessee next weekend and make her decision on November 12th, between Duke, Texas, Tennessee and DePaul.

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