2007: Introducing Corey Stokes

With a huge need arising on the roster soon, the Duke staff has some very specific needs in the classes of 2006 and 2007. TDD's Clint Jackson introduces another high major prospect from the Northeast that could just turn out to be one of the names to know in the current sophomore class.

Duke needs wing athletes for the future. That's a pretty factual statement. The fans know it. The media knows it. And the Duke staff knows it.

With the departure of 6-foot-8 Luol Deng to the NBA, and the never-arrival of 6-foot-7 Shaun Livingston, who decided to head to the NBA directly out of high school, the Blue Devils are hunting wing athletes.

And they're hunting them BIG TIME.

They're in heavy pursuit of 6-foot-9 combo-forward Kevin Durant from Oak Hill, who regularly uses his game to face the basket. They want 6-foot-5 Gerald Henderson, a athletic shooter/slasher from Philadelphia. And they covet 6-foot-8 Lance Thomas, who is also a high priority target for the staff.

And now, here's a new name from the class of 2007 that has caught the eye of the staff in Durham. He's Corey Stokes. And according to some, he could be just what the doctor ordered.

Philadelphia Prep Report's Amauro Austin has some kind words.

"Stokes is one of the top 15 players in the entire class of 2007," said Austin.

"In NO WAY would you think he was a high school sophomore upon seeing him. He looks more like a college sophomore. He goes about 6-foot-5 and weighs 205. Right now he seems to be like a 2/3. He's a smooth, fluid and athletic scorer with SUPREME body control."

"He WILL play at the highest level. He's probably St. Benedict's (Newark, NJ) top overall prospect already."

St. Benedict Prep, coached by Danny Hurley, the brother of former Duke All American Bobby Hurley, is one of the top programs on the east coast. In fact, it was just last season that St. Benedict's J.R. Smith went directly to the NBA after his senior season under Hurley.

Stokes plays the same position that Smith did and should take over where Smith left off.

"I think he's going to be a McDonalds type of kid," Hurley told Dave Telep recently. "He's 6-foot-5 and he's dunking and shooting. He's filling out and he'll blow up during the year and this summer."

Stokes will also tour with summer circuit with the always powerful Playaz squad -- a team made up of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware prospects.

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