Boateng Gets First Look At Duke

The game against Detroit wasn't the only highlight for the Blue Devils over the weekend. Though he wasn't in attendance during the game, St. Andrews' top junior big man was in town making an unofficial visit to the campus as the 6-foot-10, 230 pounder continues to get his feet wet in the recruiting process.

"I was very impressed with Duke," said Eric Boateng of his visit. "The campus is very beautiful and the visit gave me a chance to see the campus and learn more about the basketball program."

Indeed Boateng, who is ranked as the nation's top post prospect according to's latest class of 2005 rankings, says he's in a unique situation compared to most other high major prospects after growing up in England.

"I'm not as familiar with these schools as other players may be. That's why I am taking these visits – to get a chance to familiarize myself with the schools both as an athlete and as a student."

While Boateng has been identified as one of the top candidates for the final Duke scholarship in the class of 2005, the Blue Devil staff has not offered a scholarship at this point. However that doesn't phase him.

"We are in the process of getting to know one another right now. This weekend I spoke with Coach Krzyzewski to learn more about him and for him to learn more about me. We talked about where I am as a player and where we see me going in the future."

Though it was just an initial conversation, Boateng did say that he and Krzyzewski see eye to eye on at least one standard.

"Coach K recruits not only great players, but also great people. He told me that he expects his players to excel on the court, but also in the classroom and in the community. I like that."

During his visit, Boateng also had the chance to catch up with long time acquaintance and current Duke standout Luol Deng.

"It's good to talk with Luol whenever I can. I've asked him about a lot of things since he went through this process last year and knows what it can be like. Knowing where I am coming from is helpful when he offers advice."

Currently the Duke coaching staff has secured commitments from a pair of top 15 prospects in Josh McRoberts and Greg Paulus. With one final scholarship the Blue Devils are looking to add another big body to compliment the 6-foot-10 McRoberts. Aside from Boateng, Duke has hosted Alabama's Richard Hendrix.

Stay tuned to for more information as Boateng continues his recruiting process.

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