Several Visits Scheduled

Though it's been a relatively slow recruiting season in the class of 2008 so far, the Blue Devil coaching staff has taken steps to ramp up the action in the coming weeks - setting up in home and official visits with several prospects, while also working on some younger prospect.

September A Big Month:

The month of September will be a busy one for Duke as all three targets in the class of 2008 will be in contact with the Blue Devil coaching staff in some fashion.

It all kicks off on September 7th when five star Tennessee shooting guard Elliot Williams will make his official visit to Durham. The visit will be the first of four for Williams who has indicated his desire to end the recruiting process in the early signing period.

After visiting Duke first, Williams will travel to Virginia two weeks later (Sept. 21). After another two week break he'll make a trip to the University of Tennessee (Oct. 6), before making his final visit to Memphis on October 13th.

After hosting Williams on the 7th, the Blue Devils will then travel west to Reno, NV for their in-home visit with Olek Czyz on September 10th. Czyz, who had several high major schools after him earlier this summer, has cut his final list to Duke, Florida, and Louisville.

The Blue Devils will host Czyz for his official visit later that week (Sept 14th) in hopes of landing the four star power forward. Heading into the visit, Czyz has been extremely candid regarding his opinions of head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"Coach K speaks for himself, who he is and what he's done. I know they've had some guys and I think in a long distance run I'd be successful with them. He's a great teacher and probably the best coach in America."

While landing Czyz is a major priority in the class of 2008, the nation's top overall recruit, Louisiana power forward Greg Monroe, remains the potential crown jewel of the class. A day before (Sept. 9th) heading to Reno, the coaching staff will be in home with Monroe and his family for the in-home portion of the recruiting process. Following the in-home visits, Monroe has indicated his desire to trim his final list and begin setting up official visits with the schools remaining.

2010 Player Sets Un-Official Visit:

With so many potential changes to the roster and so much time before the class arrives on campus, the Blue Devils aren't shutting the doors on any recruiting prospects in the talented class of 2010. In fact, they will host point guard Kendall Marshall (6'3, 170) out of Arlington (Va.) for a visit on October 13.

The underclassman starter for Boo Williams, now owns scholarship offers from Connecticut, Virginia, Villanova, Pittsburgh and George Mason. Duke watched him extensively during the early period.


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