Blue Devils Aiming High In 2009

After a second consecutive early exit in March, the Blue Devils have gone back to the drawing board. With an emphasis on recruiting athleticism on the perimeter and in the post, the Duke coaching staff has begun pursuing the nation's top rated junior.

"Right now I really don't have a list at this point," says South Atlanta High standout Derrick Favors. "I'm open to everyone and there are a lot of teams who want me."

More like every program in the country covets the 6-foot-9, 230 pounder who averaged a triple-double – 25 points, 18 rebounds and 10 block - as a junior. Virtually every high major program has called on Favors early on in his recruiting process, including the Blue Devils.

"Duke has been in contact and they sent some assistants down to see my game this year. They seem like they are very interested in me. I like what Coach K does and I like that they are always on ESPN."

With so many programs vying for the five star prospect's commitment and the media attention growing steadily, don't be surprised to see the recruiting news slowing down for the next few months.

"Right now I'm gearing up for my AAU season and not really thinking about recruiting too much. I am starting to narrow down my list a little bit, but I don't think I'll make a decision until the fall."

So what will it take for a program to make Favors' reduced list?

"I'm looking for a program that will help prepare me for the next level. I'd like to go somewhere that gets a lot of national attention - I think every prospect would like to see himself on ESPN a lot. I also want a coach who is going to challenge me. I don't want someone who is only going to tell me how great I am. I want someone who will keep me level headed and make me work."

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