Boateng: "I'm Glad It's Over"

Eric Boateng was considered a virtual recruiting lock for Duke for much of the summer. In fact a number of ACC coaching staffs confirmed that the 6-foot-11, 220 pound center's choice of Duke was only a matter of "when", not "if". So when he committed, no one was surprised. TDD had a chance to sit down with the newest Blue Devil on Wednesday.

"I'm very happy to have this whole process behind me," said Eric Boateng. "It's a relief to be able to know where I'm going. I'm looking forward to being at Duke."

And it's safe to say that the Blue Devils are looking forward to the big man joining the program after recruiting him for over a year.

"Coach K was happy when I called and told him. He asked me if I was just pulling his leg. Then he told me to just enjoy the moment and to work hard every time I step on the court."

Boateng's open admiration of Krzyzewski was a big factor in his decision, however it was another member of the Blue Devil family who helped Eric finally decide to pull the trigger.

"I met with Luol in London while I was home, and we talked about things. I told him I was thinking of doing it, and he told me to just follow my heart and go for it. He told me about his experience at Duke, and that if I thought being there would make me happy then I should go ahead and do it."

And that was that. Boateng became the fourth member of the class of 2005 to commit to Duke, giving the Blue Devils the early inside track at the nation's top rated recruiting class.

"I think we'll be a good class. I know Josh and Jamal from camp, both of them are really great players and people. I haven't had a chance to meet Greg Paulus yet."

Long considered a Duke lean, Boateng said that his attendance at Coach K's summer camp convinced him that the Blue Devils would be a great place to develop his obvious talents.

"They were just showing me some of the finer points of the game that I need to work on. I'm still very new to the game and he seems to understand what that means in my development as a player. I think spending four years under him will help me become the best player I can be."

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