Top PFs Enjoyed Duke vs. UNC

While the Duke and North Carolina rivalry was heating up on the court, a pair of potential participants in future battles sat side by side behind Coach K and the team on Wednesday night as next year's top recruit, Josh McRoberts took in the game alongside one of the best in the junior class, Brandan Wright. TDD caught up with the future Dukie to discuss his trip to Cameron.

"It was a great atmosphere, and I was very excited to be there," said Josh McRoberts of his trip to Cameron. "I heard that's what it's like every year, so I'm looking forward to being able to help Duke win again next year."

That's likely as the top post player in the class of 2005 maintains he will bypass an early entry into the NBA and will enroll at Duke next year, give the Blue Devils some much needed post depth even with an expected departure from All-ACC big man Shelden Williams.

"Nothing's changed. It's an honor to be considered for it [the NBA], but I'll be heading to Duke in July to get started on classes. I'm looking forward to it, and those plans are set."

While the Crazies were certainly aware of their next McDonalds All-American sitting behind the bench, there was another big time prep star sitting along side him, who may be an even better prospect down the road in the form of Tennessee standout Brandan Wright.

"He's a great player and I think he really likes Duke a lot," said McRoberts of Wright. "He really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere. Hopefully he'll join us in a year."

McRoberts should know of Wright's abilities, as he got an up close look at them back in December when Carmel met Brentwood Academy in the third annual Circle City Classic Challenge of Champions in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

That game saw the Duke bound big man connect on 10-of-17 from the field for a final stat line of 20 points, seven rebounds, six steals, three assists and three blocks to help the Greyhounds to a 58-43 triumph. Wright responded with 23 points and four rebounds.

While it would be terrific to land a player of Wright's caliber, it may be unlikely as the 6'9 big forward is considered a top NBA Draft pick, behind only Indiana big man Greg Oden.

So why would Duke bring Wright in for the North Carolina game?

"It's a no brainer," said a source close to the program. "If he decides he wants to go to college, or if the NBA decides on an age limit then why not roll out the red carpet for him? He's a terrific player."

Still, the recruitment of Wright won't heat up until the end of this college hoops season, which is exactly when McRoberts will be winding down his career as a Carmel Greyhound and preparing for his final high school events – the post season All-Star games.

Considered a unanimous top five player in the class of 2005, the 6'10, 240lbs McRoberts is a virtual lock to participate in the McDonalds All-American game, and will also compete in the annual Roundball Classic.

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