Elite Junior Center Starts Process

One name that Duke fans should quickly familiarize themselves with is 6-foot-10, 226 pound Greg Monroe of Gretna, Louisiana. Monroe has already emerged as a primary target on the Blue Devil recruiting board for the talented class of 2008.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Is there a better big man in the class of 2008 than Greg Monroe? Probably not. The 6-10, 226-pound PF made his case for the top spot at Nike All-American camp.

On day two of camp Monroe showed all the coaches in attendance just how well he plays defense. The Gretna (LA) Helen Cox product recorded double figure blocks and rebounds on his way to one of the more dominating camp performances of the year.

Monroe said teams like LSU, Duke, Mississippi State, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Baylor and Louisville are recruiting him. However the junior-to-be has barely begun the process.

"I got a whole lot of mail," Monroe said. "And I've actually talked to a couple coaches on the first day they could call I talked to a lot of them. It's just beginning right now."

So what do coaches like about him? Well to start he brings some intensity on the defensive end that not many players can. He patrols the paint well going after all shots in his area.

While his defense is great, the fact that he can handle the ball and score on the block with ease makes him a sensational prospect. The most impressive move he made at camp showed off his ball handling ability as he took a rebound coast to coast for a lay up.

"I think I've put on a strong performance," he said at camp. "It could have been better but I think I'm getting along."

But he hasn't just been great at camp, Monroe has been impressive all spring and that has led to him being ranked as one of the top players in his class.

"It's really what I work for," he said about being rated high. "My goal is always trying to be the best I can be."


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