New Names On The Radar?

Heading into this week many thought that the class of 2005 had already been put to rest in terms of potential Duke targets. However, <I></I> has confirmed that a pair of top prospects stand a good chance of setting up in home and possibly official visits with Duke in September.

Originally it seemed that the Blue Devils were content to cast their lot with Seattle power forward Jon Brockman and Deleware center Eric Boateng. However with today's climate of volitle recruiting changes, it seems that Duke has decided not to put all their recruiting eggs in one basket.

With that in mind there have been flirtations with big New Jersey center Andrew Bynum, who has returned the interest as both sides continue to "feel each other out." Then comes the latest confirmed prospects on the board as 6-foot-3 185 pound Georgia shooting guard Lewis Clinch and 6-foot-8 230 pound from Maryland.

Clinch burst onto the scene this summer after suiting up on the AAU circuit for the first time. Prior to that he had earned local interest from some of the Georgia schools after scoring 26 points per game at Crisp County High School. Once the rest of the country had a chance to get a look at him he shot up the rankings to his current slot of 27th in the latest 2005 Top 100.

With a game that resembles Duke rising senior Daniel Ewing's, Clinch has been able to impress a number of big timers, including the Blue Devils.

``I think I bring something different to the table than a lot of the top guards in my class," Clinch said in a summer interview with TI's Jeff Goodman. "A lot of them can either shoot the 3-pointer or get to the basket. I can shoot the three-ball and also bring the dribble-drive."

Originally Clinch had said he would set up four official visits to Georgia Tech (August 28), Georgia (September 18), and Wake Forest (TBA), with the final visit being up for grabs for either Florida or Kansas. However, it would seem that Duke may have a chance to creep in to make a pitch to the talented scorer at the last minute, much as they did four years ago with Ewing.

The other name to pop up on the recruiting board is one that comes with little surprise. Uche Echefu has impressed throughout most of the summer including our own pair of scouts in at the NBA Camp in Richmond.

There both Clint Jackson and Steven Clark raved about the Montrose Christian power forward's ability to score inside and the way he relentlessly attacks the basket.

When you catch a glimpse of the Nigerian native, you don't really think that he's going to be an effective player in the post because he doesn't look anything like your traditional big guy. However, he PLAYS like one. He's got great hands, and knows how to use his body to seal off his man when posting up, and he can finish around the rim, wrote Clark.

Jackson followed up by rating Echefu as the second best player scouted at the camp.

The native of Nigeria has received interest from a long list of suitors including Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Texas, Kentucky and Michigan.

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