Boateng Takes UnExpected Trip

One of the top rated juniors in the country took an unexpected unofficial visit this weekend to Duke. After few days to process all he saw and heard, TDD was able to get the latest on Eric Boateng. Read on for the full complete story.

It wasn't planned, but Eric Boateng decided to take in Duke's win over Maryland this past weekend.

``We weren't practicing, so he went down with my assistant coach to watch the game," St. Andrew's (Del.) coach Robert Rue said.

Rue said his 6-10 junior has been nothing short of spectacular since he returned from a broken foot suffered in the season-opener.

``I've been so impressed even though he's still not 100 percent and isn't at full-strength," Rue said. "He doesn't have some of his explosiveness that he'll get back this summer, but he's played so hard and has been phenomenal on the defensive end."

Boateng has averaged 17 points, 10.5 boards and 3 blocks per game since coming back. St. Andrew's finished its regular-season with an upset over Sanford, which has won the league title for 22 straight years. It was the first time St. Andrew's knocked off the state power since 1982.

Boateng had said that he'd like to trim his list, which includes more than a dozen schools, prior to his return. However, that hasn't happened just yet and probably won't for another month or so.

``Nothing has changed in terms of his recruiting," Rue said. "Since our last serious talk, we decided we'd wait until the end of our season and then spend some time to talk about it."

However, the coaching carousel continues. Yesterday it was Villanova head coach Jay Wright and UCLA assistant Kerry Keating for the team's win against Sanford. Georgetown's Craig Esherick watched Boateng put up 21 points and 14 boards in a loss to Glasgow last week. Today Georgia coach Dennis Felton made the trip just to take in a practice.

One thing is clear: Don't expect the England native to be wide-eyed by guys like Coach K and Roy Williams throughout this process.

``That's safe to say," Rue said. "And it's not to say he wasn't really impressed by them. He liked both Duke and North Carolina a lot. But I don't think he'll be swayed by big names."


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