By now everyone knows that Duke is enamored with Seattle big man Jon Brockman. After posting an impressive tally at Nike camp, the 6-foot-7 242 pound interior warrior was back at it on the first day here.
The highlight of the day came when the big guy tallied the winning basket in the opening round, capping off an impressive first day. Though he has yet to be offered by the Blue Devils, he mentioned that he's "aware that Coach K and the Duke staff are watching". In fact they've watched him for a little over the past week at Nike Camp and now here.
Odds are he'll continue to see Duke showing up, before an official offer comes on the table – likely on an official visit to Durham.
While Brockman has solidified his status as a top priority in the class of 2005, the other interior prospect that has garnered some interest, 6-foot-7 power forward Tyrell Biggs, had his problems for the second straight event today. In the first game Biggs couldn't seem to operate in the paint, and had trouble against players who were a ‘legit' 6-foot-8 and taller.
Despite the trouble, Biggs had to notice both Coach K and assistant Chris Collins courtside taking in the action. Biggs finished the day with 10 points, but it wasn't enough as the Metro Hawks fell to Oklahoma-based Athletes First 67-63.
It didn't get any better in the evening as the Hawks ran into a visibly motivated Georgia Stars team that features top 2005 guards Louis Williams and Mike Mercer. The Stars ended up spanking the Hawks by 20 while Biggs tallied another 10 point effort.
Others scouting the New Jersey big forward included coaches from Georgia, Penn State, Maryland, Wake Forest, UConn, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh.
After getting his offer from Duke, Illinois sharpshooter Jon Scheyer continues to put in effort with the Illinois Warriors. On Wednesday it was in front of the Duke staff, who continues to make their presence known in this recruiting battle.
Scheyer hasn't produced any kind of monster performances since the Duke camp, but remains a steady and heady player who Duke obviously likes. Still the numbers just weren't there today as his shot just didn't seem to be there. On the other hand he certainly made some good looking passes and played respectable defense, making life tough for smaller guards.
Despite a recent batch of below par performances, Brian Zoubek continues to be scouted by Duke. Today Coach K spent a good amount of time taking in the 7-foot-0 sophomore, as he tried to rebound from a rough few weeks.
Unfortunately Zoubek had another rough showing with K courtside. The old saying goes ‘you can't teach seven feet', and that was obvious as the big guy did manage to score when he was near the rim, and his size allowed him to pull in half a dozen rebounds, but if he wants to play for Duke he'll need to get a bit quicker.
There's A lot of Love:
Meanwhile top 2007 prospect Kevin Love continues to defy age. In the morning you'd have thought this kid was heading to college next month as he used his 6-foot-8, 247 pound frame to operate inside before taking it outside to knock down some perimeter jumpers.
Dave Telep, the national recruiting analyst for TheInsiders.com called him ‘a white version of Elton Brand' due to his incredible skill set. While there's debate if Love will ever play college basketball, he's certainly establishing himself as one of the kids you need to be aware of.
Other Notes and Rumors:
Duke was noticeable when it came to Texas swingman C.J. Miles as well. Coach K was courtside along with Paul Hewitt, Rick Barnes, Bill Self, Kelvin Sampson, Tubby Smith and Jim Calhoun.
C.J. looked solid for them with 20 points (7-of-17 from the field).
Thanks to Dave Telep, various members of TheInsiders.com, Chris Anderson, and Donald Davis for contributing to this report.