Biggs Still Excited By Duke

With such a thin look on the interior on the horizon for the Blue Devils during the 2004-2005 season, it's clear that head coach Mike Krzyzewski and staff are going to put a high priority on getting some help on the blocks. One high schooler that could provide that kind of help is thrilled to have the Blue Devils' interest.

"I haven't really started to move forward with the process," says New Jersey big man Tyrell Biggs. "But I know my five schools are Duke, UConn, Pittsburgh, Maryland, and Virginia. I'm going to try and visit each of those schools before I make my decision coming this fall."

Indeed Biggs, who measures 6-foot-8 and tips the scales around the 260 pound mark, has seen some of the nation's elite join his recruitment with the addition of Huskies and Blue Devils. It's interest that he didn't originally expect, but enthusiastically returns.

"It's flattering that they have started recruiting me. I mean Duke is probably the best program around, and I have tremendous respect for them and their past. UConn is almost in the same situation as Duke because of their past. Both of them are just really great programs."

Though the other three may not be able to offer the same kind of recent tradition, Biggs says their respective pitches are also appealing.

"Virginia basically told me that I could come in and start from day one, and that they were going to build the program around me. To be able to play a lot early in a conference like the ACC is something. Maryland and Pittsburgh also are telling me that I could have a big impact for them and they see me as a kind of combo forward, which I like."

While the approaches for all five schools are different, the one thing that remains constant for Tyrell is his commitment to taking his time with his decision.

"I haven't been able to visit anywhere yet. I am trying to go to Maryland around the 7th of June or so, but nothing's been set. I can't really compare the schools until I get the visits out of the way."

Despite his big frame, Biggs says he sees himself as more of an Antoine Walker than an inside force at the next level. That versatility and a coach's willingness to help him develop all around could be the difference when it comes time to make a decision.

"I can step out and knock down the outside shot when I need to, and I play inside. I've seen how all the schools use their forwards, and as I watch some more I'll probably get an idea where I can fit in the best."

And if he had to pick a program who's style of play most closely resembles what he's looking for at this point in the process?

"I'd have to say Duke, then Maryland, and maybe Pittsburgh. When Coach Collins was up here from Duke he was talking about their program and what it has to offer and how they can develop me and get me ready for the next level. That's the kind of thing I'm looking for I think."

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