Although the majority of the Duke coaching staff’s time has recently been devoted to the NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils continue to be active of the recruiting front as well. Here is an update on where Duke’s efforts to wrap up the class of 2010 stands. Tomorrow, we will provide an update on class of 2011 Duke prospects.
Michael Haynes – Duke remains very interested in this 6’6” 230 pound forward. The coaching staff is high on the toughness that Haynes exerts on the basketball court and feels that his skill set would be a nice addition to the 2010-2011 team. Haynes still has few academic issues to work out though. He is expected to take his college board exams in the first half of April. If things go well on these tests and he qualifies for Duke then the coaching staff will very likely make him the final member of the class of 2010.
Trey Zeigler – The relationship between Duke and Zeigler cooled some time ago after not much interest was shown in the Blue Devils. Duke has contacted Zeigler here and there in recent weeks, mainly on a casual basis though. The latest rumor on Zeigler is that he and his father Ernie (a college basketball coach) will both end up at UCLA. Ernie could take the UCLA assistant coaching position that recently opened up when Donny Daniels left.
CJ Leslie – Rumors arose from the McDonalds High School All-American games that Duke had contacted 6’9” power forward CJ Leslie. However, these rumors are 100% not true. This story mainly came from the throngs of media the event. Duke coaches do not see Leslie as a good fit for the team.
It’s official! Carrick Felix, the 6’6” wing from the College of Southern Idaho, is the newest member of Duke Basketball’s class of 2010. Felix arrived in Durham Sunday night and met with admissions yesterday where he was cleared to enroll at Duke. Not long after, Felix announced that he was officially ready to join the Blue Devils Felix comes to Duke as a junior college transfer and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
Duke now has 4 commitments for the class of 2010 including Felix, Kyrie Irving, Josh Hairston, and Tyler Thornton.
Carrick Felix – Felix arrived in Durham last night and briefly met with the team after the Selection Sunday show. Today, Felix will tour the Duke campus and meet with academic advisors and the admissions staff. If all goes according to plan Felix will be declared academically eligible for Duke. Felix is the top target remaining for Duke in 2010 and the Blue Devils are hopeful for a commitment from him in the next few weeks if not sooner.
Michael Haynes – Duke’s interest in Haynes remains high. A few academic issues continue to prevent the Blue Devils from making an official scholarship offer to Haynes. However, the Duke coaching staff will continue to keep tabs on Haynes’ academic progress in the coming weeks. If Haynes can get things worked out academically then there is a strong chance that Duke will offer him a scholarship as the Blue Devils are very interested in adding a player of his skill set.
Cleveland Melvin – Things are unlikely to progress much farther with Melvin. Duke made their initial contact and evaluation, but the general consensus was largely that Melvin’s skills overlap with Felix. Overall, the Duke Coaches want to diversify the abilities of their small forwards next year which is why the staff is considering the athletically gifted Felix and the strong and sturdy Haynes. It is unlikely that Duke will pursue Melvin. If things do not work out with Felix and Haynes, and if Kyle Singler decided to go pro then the staff may take another look at Melvin down the road but right now he is not a target.
Cleveland Melvin is a 6’8’ 210lb small forward that has demonstrated explosive athletic ability. With a large wingspan Melvin has also shown a knack for blocking shots down low. Recently the class of 2010 wing backed off a verbal commitment to UConn and reopened his recruitment.
Last week Melvin received an introductory call from Duke Coaches. The Duke staff let Melvin know that they are still looking to fill a couple openings at the small forward position for 2010 and wanted to gauge Melvin’s potential interest in playing for the Blue Devils.
Over the next few weeks Duke Coaches will continue to evaluate Melvin. Meanwhile, Melvin plans to take several school visits while determining where his interests lie. Melvin is ranked as a 3 star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Class of 2010 wing forward Carrick Felix just announced on his Facebook page that he is set to visit Duke this Sunday. Felix is expected to check out the campus and also meet with admissions while in town. If Duke makes it to the finals of the ACC tournament then Felix will likely watch the game in person. Stay tuned, Blue Devil Insider will have more on Felix’s visit to Duke shortly.
For Duke Basketball fans, very few things are more pleasing than Saturday night’s 82-50 drubbing of rival North Carolina. However, it turns out that there is more good news for Duke fans. In addition to the win over UNC, Blue Devil supporters will be pleased to know that 6 top recruits and prospects were in the house for the victory over the Tar Heels. Attendees from the class of 2010 included Kyrie Irving, Michael Haynes, and Josh Hairston. Also attending were Michael Gbinije and TJ Warren from the class of 2011. The final attendee was highly ranked recruit Shabazz Muhammad from the class of 2012. All in all, the victory over UNC was a great night for Duke Basketball in more ways than one.
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After missing out on Harrison Barnes last November the Duke coaching staff began looking at other options to fill their needs for an athletic wing guard/forward. One prospect that came on to Duke’s radar was Trey Zeigler, a 6’5” 200lb guard from Michigan. Unfortunately, the Blue Devils’ relationship with Zeigler began very late in the recruiting process and despite several visits and contacts with the class of 2010 guard the coaching staff has not been able to truly cement Duke as a leader for Zeigler’s services. While Duke is open to hosting Zeigler for a visit this spring the coaching staff realizes that Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, and Arizona will be tough to beat out. At this point in time Duke is not expecting Zeigler to be a part of their plans for 2010, but the staff will maintain some contact with Zeigler until his recruitment is officially over.