Two Weeks Later: Duke Still On Top

One of the nation's best underclassmen centers visited Duke two weeks ago unofficially. Since that time he's been tight lipped when it came to any information on his visit. However on Sunday night he spoke with <i></i> about his recruitment and his visit.

It's been two weeks since Brian Zoubek returned from Durham and everything is still fresh in his mind.

The 15-year-old Haddonfield Memorial (N.J.) 7-foot, 235-pound sophomore took an unofficial visit to Duke - his dream school - and Wake Forest and was blown away.

"I visited the Duke campus, got to see a practice and talked with the coaches," Zoubek said of his one-day tour of Duke. "I had a great time."

"I really loved watching practice," he added. "I saw the intensity that they play with and now I know what it's like. It was definitely a shock compared to my high school practices."

Zoubek started those up this past Friday with double-sessions and figures to be far more than the role player he was as a freshman last season. His season-opener comes on Dec. 18.

Zoubek and his father, Paul, who played football at Princeton, flew into the area on Friday night and stayed at a hotel near the Duke campus. The pair woke up early Saturday morning, met the coaches and watched practice. Then they received a tour of the facilities and campus.

"It was definitely intimidating," Zoubek said. "I've been to Ivy League campuses, but that's not as serious at Duke."

Zoubek then went on a similar tour the following day at Wake Forest before returning to the northeast.

"Both schools said they were interested in me, but they wanted to see me play more and see how I develop as a player before they can offer me a scholarship," Zoubek added. "Right now I'm just keeping my options open."

However, the MVP of the Eddie Griffin Classic 2006 Game maintains that while he is not close to making a decision, Duke and Stanford are the co-leaders. Haddonfield head man Paul Wiedeman said that there have been numerous big-time programs that have also expressed interest in his sophomore big man.

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