Duke In Biggs' Top Three Early

The Blue Devils will have to re-stock the cupboard in the Class of 2005 with big men after Loul Deng departed and the possibility that Shelden Williams decides to leave Duke early.

It's clear that the top target is Eric Boateng, but another guy that the staff is keeping close tabs on is Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) 6-7 1/2, 260-pound junior forward Tyrell Biggs.

Biggs is intriguing, especially because of his agility for a player his size. He's able to score down in the paint, but can also step out and show amazing versatility on the perimeter. He'll need to get in better condition and improve his defense, but he possesses good passing skills and has nimble feet and soft hands.

``I think that's what coaches like most about me," said Biggs, who averaged 20 points and 11 boards this past season. "They like that I'm a combo forward. I can shoot, create and post up, too."

The primary schools who have been involved in the process for a while are Maryland, Villanova and Rutgers. Seton Hall, UConn, Wake Forest, St. John's and N.C. State are also trying to get in the mix, but the Blue Devils and Pittsburgh have both jumped into his top three fairly quickly.

``I really didn't expect it," Biggs said of the recent interest and visit from Duke assistant Chris Collins. "It's flattering in a way. They came to visit me and watched me in an open gym. They spoke to me for a while and it was kind of surprising."

``They said they're going to see me play a little bit in the summer," he added. "I know they want me to come down for a visit."

Biggs, who also wants to visit Maryland and Pittsburgh officially, said that taking a visit to Durham is a virtual no-brainer.

``Of course," he laughed. "It's Duke. At first, I wasn't even thinking about them because they hadn't sent me anything. But now that's changed."

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