Duke Sets The Bar For Future Visits

One down. Three to go for St. George's - Collierville (Tenn.) five star scoring guard Elliot Williams' tour of official visits. The 6-foot-4 prospect spent the weekend in Durham getting a close look at the Blue Devils' program. How did it go? TDD was able to speak with Williams on Sunday for an update.

"It was a great visit," said Elliot Williams of his 48 hour stint on campus. "It was a great chance to meet the players and catch up with the coaches and to see everything from a players' perspective. Overall I was very impressed with everything."

With neither side expecting a commitment (Williams has three more official visits lined up), there was no pressure from head coach Mike Krzyzewski or anyone within the program towards Williams. However, the Blue Devils did let him know just how much they are hoping he'll end up joining the program in the early signing period.

"Duke doesn't offer a lot of players, and Coach told me that he expects me to come in and compete right away. If he didn't think I could play at Duke's level he wouldn't be recruiting me. It was good to hear that from him, because he's been around the best consistently. He said he sees me fitting in at a lot of different positions."

"We also talked about what he's been up to lately and the whole Team USA experience. Coach has a lot of great stories from all the great teams he's been around, and it's easy to just get caught up in the stories he's telling."

As with every visitor that appears before official practices have begun, Elliot was given a chance to run with the current Blue Devils in pick up action.

"I did get to play in a few games with them. I thought I played well overall. It was a good chance to see what the next level will be like, and overall I think I played well."

With the Duke visit out of the way, Williams will turn his attention to his final three visits to Virginia, Memphis, and Tennessee. He'll travel to Virginia first (Sept 22), followed by the trips to Tennessee (Oct. 6) Memphis (Oct. 13). Soon after he'll sit down with his parents and make a decision.

"It'll probably come down to where I feel the most comfortable. Where I can step in and have a chance to play and contribute, and where I can get a great education that will help after basketball is over. I'm going to take all the visits and then look at everything. Duke has certainly set the bar very high though."


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