Duke Notes From Next Level

TDD's Jeff Goodman was in the house in Dallas at the Next Level Ballers Tournament over the weekend. After spending three days tracking several high major targets, Goodman reports back with news and notes on two of the biggest targets on the Blue Devil radar regardless of class.

Chris Wright, a rising junior point guard with Boo Williams, was one of three players (Eric Hayes and Scott Reynolds were the others) to miss Friday night's game after being delayed for hours in the airport due to bad weather.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Wright showed plenty of poise and quickness on Saturday and continued his impressive play on Sunday. He's a good passer, defends and has quick hands.

Wright attended the Duke camp last year and his favorite player is former Blue Devils floor leader Jason Williams.

``I've been a Duke fan all my life," Wright said. "I like Coach K, I like the style of play. They get up and down the floor and run a lot of motion."

Wright averaged 22.7 points and 5.5 assists per game this past season as a sophomore at St. John's College (D.C.).

His coach, Paul Destefano, coached Johnny Dawkins in high school.

``Duke is interested and they said I was their number one recruit in 2007," Wright said.

Wright also mentioned Georgetown, Texas, UConn, Kansas, Maryland and N.C. State.

``I just want to go wherever is the best fit for me and where I can play," Wright said. "The relationship with the coaching staff is also very important to me."



Not much has changed on the Brandan Wright front.

His top three of Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina have remained the same for a while with schools such as Kansas, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and most recently, Tennessee, trying to get involved.

Wright and his Murfreesboro Stars teammates made an impressive run to the semifinals of the Next Level Ballers Tournament this past weekend in Dallas before losing to the Metro Hawks.

Wright more than held his own in a quarterfinal matchup against a talented frontline of Darrell Arthur and Bryan Davis. Despite not making outside shots, he went in and did some work in the paint – and also made the game-winner, a short putback – as time expired.




Jon Scheyer opted to remain home and rest various injuries (thumb, ankle) rather than making the trip to Dallas with his Illinois Warriors teammates. Scheyer and Illinois Warriors point guard Sherron Collins have yet to play together this spring, but when they do, it'll be extremely entertaining as Collins has established himself as one of the elite point guards in the class.

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