Bynum Sets In-Home With Coach K

After last season the Blue Devils aren't pinning all their hopes on one player at each position in the class of 2005. While Eric Boateng remains a top priority in the middle, New Jersey center Andrew Bynum has also seen increased interest from the Duke coaching staff in recent weeks. The talks between the two sides have now resulted in a scheduled in-home visit.<br><i>Picture courtesy of InsideCarolina</i>

According to Andrew's brother Corey Thomas, who is in charge of running the recruiting process, head coach Mike Krzyzewski called this week, but was unable to speak with the big man.

"Coach K spoke to my mother," Corey told Mike Sullivan of "He told him congratulations on a good summer and that he was interested in meeting him."

The conversation eventually ended with the 7-footer playing host to Coach K and staff on September 20th for an in-home visit. The visit will come before Bynum will visit North Carolina for midnight madness, and then head to Georgia Tech on October 1. He's also scheduled to unofficially visit Connecticut this weekend.

After being thought to be focusing only on Boateng, Duke's recent involvement with Bynum comes the heels of the big man's big summer. Something Krzyzewski mentioned when the conversation.

"He said they had watched my brother throughout the summer and they liked the kind of player he is and can be," said Thomas. "Coach K also spoke about the educational opportunities at Duke, I think she was impressed with the initial impression."

Despite getting into the recruitment late, Corey says the Blue Devils will have a chance to make their pitch on equal footing with the other programs involved.

"Andrew doesn't have a leader right now. That's why he's listening to everyone and then taking his visits. The visits will help him begin to figure things out."

In addition to Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Connecticut, Andrew Bynum is also considering Georgia and Rutgers. He is rated as the No. 1 center in the class of 2005, and No. 14 player overall.

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