Another High Major WF In 2010?

The lessons learned from the class of 2009 centered primarily around casting a wider recruiting net. In the current crop of rising seniors, Duke appears to be doing just that with several offers out to cover just three remaining positions. One of the most intriguing offers is to Oak Hill Academy standout small forward Roscoe Smith.

"Duke has been recruiting for a while, and they've offered me a scholarship," confirmed Roscoe Smith. "They are looking to get more athletic and want this to be a big time class. The coaches have talked about it with me, and I'd like to hear more."

Injecting some athleticism into the roster in 2010 certainly appears to be a priority as Duke is still hard after players such as Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, and several others. It's certainly a role that Smith fits, but how does one of the top small forwards in the class impact a recruitment of, say, the nation's top overall player (Barnes)?

Sources indicate the thought process exists that both Barnes and Smith could play together in Mike Krzyzewski's offensive scheme much the same way Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were on the floor for much of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The lynchpin of that theory certainly seems to be logical with Smith.

"Coach K is a big part of [the appeal] of Duke. He is a coach that gets the most out of his players, and pushes them to be the most they can be. I've talked to him a lot and I've got a great relationship with him. He has told me he really wants me at Duke."

Of course, as most Duke fans will note: Wanting a player at Duke and getting him to Duke involves a great amount of work and patience. And with Duke getting in the game a bit later than some of the other schools in Smith's top group - Georgetown, Connecticut, Maryland, and Florida join the Blue Devils - there is certainly work to be done with the talented 6-foot-7 forward.

"I know I need to get down to visit them. I want to do it before I start school. Depending on my schedule, we are looking to visit sometime next month."

Such a visit could give both sides a much better idea of where things stand - which would be important as Smith indicates he's looking to make a decision early in the fall and will look to take at least some, if not all of his official visits.

"I'm going to take some visits and get an idea of who will be at the schools in terms of coaches, and teammates. To see how I fit in. It'll be about how well I fit in with everyone and how comfortable I am with the whole situation."

Smith is currently rated as a four star prospect and the number 31 overall prospect in the class of 2010. He is considered the No. 5 small forward prospect by's recruiting analysts.

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