Don't Count Duke Out With Hansbrough

Folks in recruiting circles don't think that the Duke Blue Devils have a strong shot at landing 6-9 PF Tyler Hansbrough. But the rumors haven't stopped Mike Krzyzewski and his staff of young recruiters from aggressively pursuing the junior power forward from Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

"I really think this kid doesn't have a clue at this point as to where he wants to go," said one pretty informed source, who asked not to be named. "I think he has an idea of the schools that he'd like to choose from, but there's no way that Tyler has his mind made up at this point. I don't care what everyone else says."

The feisty junior has already been tabbed as one of the top frontcourt players in the country in the class of 2005 and we asked his AAU coach, Eric Long, of the St. Louis Eagles about his star forward.

"Tyler Hansbrough is the hardest worker on the floor at any time," said Long. "His skills and toughness are his greatest assets."

We also asked Long about Duke's chances with Hansbrough...

"I think that Duke has a great chance because of its tradition and the success K has had in the past," Long said. "I think it is too early to have a leader and Tyler has slowed down his recruiting and is concentrating on getting healthy and winning a state championship."

The tough and scrappy power forward recently told the media that he'd be visiting Duke, North Carolina and Missouri officially, but other schools such as Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan State and Kansas are also likely to battle for the remaining two visits. And Florida is likely to be a sure bet addition to that list.

Some folks think that Billy Donovan and his high octane Gators actually lead at this point, but Long isn't so sure.

"I think the people think Florida is leading right now, but I don't think Tyler has a clue on who he likes," said Long.

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