Roscoe Smith broke from his anti-AAU mentality and suited up with Baltimore Assault in Las Vegas, alongside the enigmatic Josh Selby. The head coaches, including Coach K, spent a lot of time following the team around the north side of Las Vegas.
In his first trip to the city that truly never sleeps, Smith said he took notice of those that were in the bleachers watching him. Duke was present at each of his games and after his team's tough loss to the New England Playaz, Smith talked about his relationship with Duke and the coaching staff.
"I've talked to Coach K a couple of times. We talked about him working with Team U.S.A. and how he's enjoyed coaching those players. I've really enjoyed talking to him. It's been good getting to know him," Smith said.
"I like everything about Duke. Coach K has told me about how I'd fit in with them and that I could be a missing piece of the puzzle."
Smith said he will look at the list of his schools recruiting him before he leaves for Oak Hill Academy and formulate a visit plan in September. Duke could very well be one of those stops.
FINAL NOTES FROM THE NOTEPAD
- Duke spent some time watching class of 2012 super prospect J.P. Tokoto at the Reebok Summer Championships. The 6-foot-5 guard from Wisconsin was one of the top rising sophomores in Las Vegas this week. He shined for his Wisconsin Playground Warriors 15 and under team and had a trail of coaches everywhere he went. The game we saw him in, Steve Wojciechowski, Roy Williams, Buzz Williams and assistants from Wisconsin and Arizona were in the building. Tokoto is a smooth scorer with a great feel for the game. He could be a top 10 player in his class nationally.
- Quin Cook arrived to Las Vegas late but immediately made his presence felt for his D.C. Assault 16 and under team. The class of 2011 guard, and Duke target, scored 26 points in his first game in town. The Blue Devils made sure they took a look at him.
- Coach K spent the most time watching Quincy Miller in Las Vegas. He was front in center with at least one assistant for each of the D-One Sports games in Las Vegas. Clearly, Miller is a coveted prospect in the 2011 class. He warranted his high national ranking this week in Las Vegas despite his team's shaky effort. Miller was one of the best players in all four tournaments from start to finish.
- Coach K also spent some time watching Marshall Plumlee at the 16 and under adidas Super 64 tournament. The youngest Plumlee brother, a class of 2011 prospect, does not have a Duke offer at the moment.