Recruiting 101: What Now?

A few weeks ago there were rumors that this was going to be a four man class in Durham. However, nothing is ever certain in the world of high major recruiting. With that in mind, <I>TheDevilsDen.com</I> takes a look at where the Blue Devils are likely to go from this point in a targeted six man class.

With four top rated prospects already on board, head coach Mike Krzyzewski has his eyes on rounding out what could turn out to be a monster class for the Blue Devils. For starters Duke is still in need of adding another big guy to bolster a front court that is expected to lose starting center Shelden Williams to the NBA Draft after this season.

The potential loss of Williams leaves the frontcourt with just one experienced scholarship player expected to return for the 2005-2006 season in Shavlik Randolph. Should that scenario play out, Randolph would be joined on the roster by, arguably, the nation's best prep player in Josh McRoberts, true center Eric Boateng, and combo forward Jamal Boykin.

That foursome would provide decent size, going 6'10, 6'10, 6'10, and 6'7. Still the need for more size and muscle is apparent as Boateng may be brought along slower than McRoberts or Boykin. With that in mind, Duke is looking to secure the services of Seattle based power forward Jon Brockman.

The 6-foot-7 240 pound power forward has cut his list to Duke, UCLA, and Washington with the Blue Devils and Bruins thought to have a slight edge. Brockman will be hosting head coach Mike Krzyzewski and staff on September 9th for an in-home visit, and will then make his official visit to Duke on September 17th and 18th.

Sources close to the situation maintain that after the official visit, a decision could come quicker than expected in regards to Duke. And while Brockman is aware of Boateng's recent commitment, he maintains it will not be an issue in his recruitment.

"He's a center and I'm a power forward. I don't think he will have an effect on me.," said Brockman. "I think a lot of people knew he was going to pick Duke for a long time."

What makes Brockman so attractive to Duke is the way in which he compliments McRoberts' all around game. With a frontline rotation of Brockman, McRoberts, and the senior Randolph, the Blue Devils could afford to wait on Boateng to realize his high upside at his pace.

Another name to know in the class of 2005 is Montrose Christian power forward Uche Echefu, who has seen the Blue Devils' interest pick up in recent weeks. The 6-foot-8, 230 pound native of Nigeria developed the reputation of another prospect with a load of potential, but in need of serious coaching over the summer.

Echefu is expected to wait until the spring before making a decision, so it would seem as though Duke has some time to continue the evaluation process with him.

In the backcourt the Blue Devils have quickly become players in the Lewis Clinch sweepstakes after the 6-foot-3 combo guard's meteoric rise from an unknown, unranked to a borderline McDonalds candidate. While Clinch is still learning about the Blue Devils, he has spoken to head coach Mike Krzyzewksi and will host the head coach in a September 15th in-home visit. An official visit is still being worked out with the target dates being either September 24th and 25th or October 2nd or 3rd. Confirmation of the visit is expected to come after the in-home.

And while Krzyzewski and staff will be traveling to the three un-committed prospects' homes, he'll also be visiting with his soon-to-be Blue Devils in the coming weeks. After taking off from Seattle, K will head to Los Angeles for a visit with Boykin on September 10th. The next day it's off to Indiana to meet with the McRoberts family before heading back to Durham. Then, on September 14th, he'll head to Deleware to visit with Eric Boateng before heading to Georgia the next morning to meet with Clinch.

Those future Blue Devils will also have a chance to visit Durham for official visits in the coming weeks. Jamal Boykin will kick things off with a trip on September 24th and 25th, possibly joining Lewis Clinch on campus. McRoberts will follow with an October 14th and 15th visit that will also be the first week of practice. Meanwhile Eric Boateng has yet to finalize his visit dates, while future point guard Greg Paulus won't be on campus until the season starts due to football commitments with Christian Brothers Academy.

Stay tuned to TDD for the latest on all the events in the recruiting world as Duke winds down the class of 2005.


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