Duke Hoops Recruiting Calendar

Though the college football season is heating up, there are still a number of big events approaching on the basketball recruiting calendar. What's on the agenda? TDD investigates.

With the class of 2007 winding down to just a pair of prospects, the Blue Devil coaching staff has made plans to get as much face to face time as they can with both West Virginia's Patrick Patterson and Oregon's Kyle Singler. Those efforts kick off on Semptember 12th when Duke will conduct their in-home visit with Patterson and his parents at their Hunington home.

Rated as a five star prospect as a power forward, Patterson is thought to be considering Florida, Wake Forest, Duke, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. He spent the weekend in Gainesville with the Florida program, and will be hosting Kentucky head man Tubby Smith tonight. Wake Forest will be heading north later in the week for their shot.

Duke entered the recruiting race for the 6-foot-8, 240 pound forward in late Spring. Since that time the Blue Devils have apparently made up a good deal of ground, prompting most insiders to suggest a top three of Duke, Kentucky, and Florida. Should Patterson end up in either Lexington or Durham, he would be fulfilling a childhood dream.

"My dad's in love with Duke," Patterson previously told TDD. "Growing up he loved Duke and growing up I was also a Duke fan and a Kentucky fan. It was kind of weird though because I always wore Kentucky and Duke stuff."

Of course, the Blue Devils and Wildcats aren't the only programs to make impressions on Patterson as both Wake Forest and Florida have made strong pitches as well.

The in-home visit will be the first chance for Patterson to speak directly with Coach Mike Krzyzewski since the Duke coach extended him an offer in early July. At that time, the reviews of Team USA's head coach were extremely positive.

"Coach K has been straight with me from the start about recruiting and everything else," reported Patterson. "He's a legend, and probably one of the best coaches ever. He's tough, but he's also fair."

Patterson is scheduled to take his official visit to Duke on September 29th.

After visiting with the Patterson family on Tuesday night, the Duke coaches will fly across the content to meet with the Singler family in Medford Oregon.

Considered by some analysts to be the most complete player in the entire class of 2007, Kyle Singler is also rated as a five star prospect by Scout.com. He is tabbed as the best small forward in the class.

Singler has set up his official visits to Arizona (Sept 15), Duke (Sept 22nd), and Kansas (Oct. 14). The remaining two schools on his list, Washington and UClA, have not had visits set up as the 6-foot-10 forward has already visited both unofficially (in addition to Duke last season).

The Bruins were in home with Singler on September 10th. Washington and Kansas will both drop by Medford in another week.

In addition to Singler and Patterson, the Blue Devil staff will also prepare to host commitment Taylor King this weekend for his official visit. King is rated as the nation's seventh best small forward and a four star prospect.


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